Some residents in the tiny town of Cassoday Kansas right off Interstate 335 between Topeka and Wichita say they’ve had too much of a good thing and are petitioning the city council to put an end to the Cassoday Bike Run, held the first Sunday of every month. The critics say the event has grown too large for the area.
Cassoday is billed as the prairie chicken capitol of the word, and because of it’s location at the base of the Kansas flinthills with an abundance of good riding roads, the rally has grown from 15 participants in 1991 to over 7000 on a good Sunday.
The Wichita Eagle reported that a group of the 120 permanent residents have petitioned the city to end the rally. At the last council meeting, resident Brett Nelson presented a petition against the rally, telling council members he had signatures from 45 percent of the registered voters in town, who were concerned the bikes were a nuisance and invasion of privacy.
According to the event’s website, the event has it’s beginning when Jack Robinson approached the owner of the Cassoday Cafe, Norma Arsenault and with a request that she open for breakfast on Sunday for his group to ride in. Norma agreed only to do it if he could bring in enough bikers to be worth her time and money. The first Sunday’s turnout was 15 and the next month there were 24. Even Robinson did not anticipate the growth from these humble beginnings.
According to the report, the only real problem is the congestion and the noise. Local law enforcement say they’ve not had any arrests and there is no nudity, or alcohol.
One council member says the city does benefit from the influx of motorcyclists because local school groups use the event to sell tickets to earn money for new uniforms and bikers groups have offered to erect a flag pole honoring local veterans. Money from the vendors who line the streets has been used to purchase picnic tables and portable toilets.
The council plans to meet August 9th to address the citizens concerns.