It is a beautiful Saturday in Buenos Aires and around 17:00 there are already more than 200 people on the esplanade of the Vatican Square, all waiting with their bicycles.
“What motivates me most about coming here is meeting people, the excitement of being at a big event with everyone and do what I like to do the most, which is ride a bike and show my creations”, he tells TN a young man with the mask Spiderman which he designed himself. Anxious, he waits for everyone to finish arriving for the bike ride to start. Like every month, to the rhythm of drum & bass, the DJ Bad Boy Orange will pedal -for free- hundreds of people through the streets of Buenos Aires in a proposal that combines music, entertainment and sustainability.
Once a month, advanced and amateur cyclists, adults and children, arrive from different points of the City of Buenos Aires and its surroundings to the meeting point arranged by the DJ and once there the party on wheels begins. They ride for an hour and travel about 12 kilometers.
“When there’s a sound system and we’re all walking around, listening to the same thing, it’s a really cool thing to experience,” he says. Bad Boy Orangethe one in charge of moving the button panel of his tray to give life to the event, mounted on his orange bike.
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On this occasion, the journey of the day starts from the Vatican Square, next to the Colón Theater, and ends in the Centennial Park. As it is within the framework of the BAFICI, Bay Boy Orange will musicalize with songs from movie classics and on the way they will tour different Buenos Aires movie theaters on Corrientes street. The screenwriter Santiago Calori will officiate as a guide on the subject.
A few meters further on, a father with his daughter is also waiting for the pedaling to begin and both say that they really enjoy bike rides together. “We found out about the event through a group of cycling friends and it is the first time we have come,” they say.
Close to them is also Florencia, who came with a friend. She saw the event on social media and had wanted to come for a while. “This seems cool to me. build a community of people who ride a bikewith music, to dance, with vibes”, he comments.
How the orange bike project started
The project began to take shape before the pandemic. “With the appearance of Covid, it was delayed and there was no budget” -says Bad Boy Orange- “but when there began to be more work I dedicated all my resources to make the investment of the musical bicycle”.
“Each bike ride is a unique experience, there are more and more of us,” says Luciana, a colleague from Bad Boy Orange, who has been in the project since bike ride number one.
The musical bike ridden by Bad Boy Orange is a prototype, a cargo bike, adapted to contain a tray that has the DJ booth and has a sound system that reaches 200 people outdoors.
On every ride, Bay Boy pedals and controls his stereo from his mobile cabin, while haranguing his army of bikes that follow him around the city. Difficult task of coordination.
“The orange bike is me just playing music, but since a lot of people are coming, we started to add people to help us. On today’s tour, for example, we have a bike nurse, people who assist in containing the group, a photographer, one who films, a large team…”, says Bad Boy Orange just before leaving.
Robert and Andrea are a Venezuelan couple looking to make friends. “We used to ride a bike, it had been a long time since we went out to ride, so we saw the call and came to take it up again”, they say about the expectations they have about the event.
There is also a grandfather with his grandson who, unlike the rest of the attendees, did not find out about the date through social networks. “My name is Wilmer Visto Romero Márquez and I always go to work by bicycle. in one opportunity I saw that there were a lot of people out for a walk and I asked who they were those who participated in the initiative and a friend told me that they come from certain places. Today he told me that they were leaving here, I told my grandson and we came. I think that bicycle is the best means of transportation“, it states.
At 17:30 the pedaling starts and Bad Boy Orange leads the caravan for July 9. The great human tide advances strongly along the widest avenue in Buenos Aires and the energy of each of those two spinning wheels multiplied by hundreds of bikes makes itself felt.
Through the narrowest streets of the center, the caravan becomes thinner and longer and when it comes out again to an avenue it widens again. So now you know… If you see a human mass passing by on a bike commanded by a DJ on an orange bike… it’s people releasing endorphins.
“If you like to go for a bike ride and listen to music, you are all invited”, closes Bad Boy Orange.
Video: Nicolas Gonzalez and Lele Heredia
Video editing: Natalia Cevallos