Professor Kenneth Jackson, clad in spandex and a safari vest, led some 300+ students from his History of New York class on the annual Midnight Bike Ride this past Friday morning. Beaming with Columbia pride not seen since COOP, the cyclists drew confused looks from tourists and jaded New Yorkers alike. In fact, the Wall Street Journal was so intrigued that they embedded one of their own in the ride, and you can watch her report below (or read the print article). She was amazed by how many people were “out at night in Central Park,” which by Bwog’s count was between 2 and 5.

The bike ride was far from dangerous: an SUV and the CAVA ambulance followed the bikers for most of the trip. On the midnight adventure in seminar yesterday, Jackson admitted: “by the way I once sued the police department because I don’t think you should need a permit.” Bad ass.