Critical Mass Mayhem

Many of you have probably come across, or at least heard of the incident in NYC at the last critical mass where a guy was violently knocked off his bike, unprovoked, by an NYPD Officer. If you haven't seen it, here it is.

I've been rather thoroughly anti critical mass for many years now, and I believe my cohorts at the shop feel the same. But rather than go off on my own tirade, I'll let Dave Moulton do it for me, as he's far more eloquent than I can hope to be. I suggest reading the comments following his post as well, some very well stated arguments posted on there, much above the typical level of blog-post-comment incoherency that I usually see.

It just seems to me that if all these people showing up at critical mass rides actually rode their bikes everyday, then there would be no need for such a ride, because cyclist awareness and accommodation would occur naturally.

That being said, I saw a lot of people on their bikes this evening on my ride home from the shop. By a lot, I mean maybe ten, but it's a welcome change from zero.

I've also felt lately like I've been getting a little more room from drivers, and that I've been generally honked at and cut off less. Of course now that I say that, I will most certainly encounter a few a-holes on my way to work tomorrow.

Stay safe out there.

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