What a difference in just a few years. It may be that there was so much sympathy for a pregnant 38 year old mother of a 5 year old whose spiderman helmet was in her trailer; it may be the anger that cyclists have in the war on bike being waged by Mayor Ford and the right wing of City Council.
The park where the ride starts was completely full of bikes and riders, with almost as many cameramen and media people sticking mics in everyone's face. A really noisy and obnoxious helicopter hovered overhead, drowning out the instructions. Some people tried to organize an #occupy style people's megaphone but it didn't work.