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Critical mass or Bikes not Bombs events in Denver?(15 posts)

Critical mass or Bikes not Bombs events in Denver?Kvonnah
Mar 31, 2003 7:31 PM
A combination of the two things I feel most passionate about, activism and cycling

Without turning this thread into a huge political discussion, I was wondering if anyone in the Denver area is aware of and can point me to local versions of these actions.

San Fran's actions were pretty effective until the police started knocking people off their bikes and hauling them to jail leaving their bikes for anyone to take. Not cool.
re: Critical mass or Bikes not Bombs events in Denver?overtrained
Mar 31, 2003 8:15 PM
you should be able to find Denver critical mass info on http://www.critical-mass.org/
No arrests at Critical Mass in SF last week, or month before, orteamsloppy
Mar 31, 2003 9:31 PM
What is the real motivation behind your post? There were no arrests. I was there.

San Francisco cops don't knock people off their bikes during a Critical Mass ride. It's a monthly event and they are incredibly tolerant, professional and fair.

Here's the link to the San Francisco Chronicle describing last week's Critical Mass ride:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/03/29/MN19200.DTL

In case that link goes down, here's an excerpt:

Prayers, peace, pedals

War protesters, troop supporters, bike activists, angry drivers fill the streets

by Steve Rubenstein, Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Staff Writers

"Tempers flared and horns blared Friday as Critical Mass, anti-war demonstrators and a Giants baseball game slowed the downtown evening commute to a crawl and left drivers fuming.

In what some participants called the biggest Critical Mass in recent memory, hundreds of cyclists and peace activists took to the streets to stymie traffic and denounce the war in Iraq during a rolling rally through the city.

Police said the crowd was largely well-behaved, with no arrests and only one reported scuffle between a rider and driver....

SHOW OF SUPPORT
Not everyone on four wheels was angry at those on two. Many motorists honked in support of the demonstrators, and while some waved fists in anger, others waved peace signs in solidarity.

"I support the protest. I support it so much I gave myself two hours to get to the airport," said Leecia Welch as she sat in a cab taking her to San Francisco International Airport for a flight to Seattle. "I hope it's enough."

...
After leaving Justin Herman Plaza, the throng moved through South of Market -- mingling with drivers headed to the Pacific Bell Park to see an exhibition game between the Giants and the Texas Rangers. From there they rode to the Civic Center and Union Square before rolling through the Broadway Tunnel and back again.

The ride began to peter out two hours after it began, but many cyclists rode off toward Pac Bell Park.

...
ANTI-WAR PROTEST
Earlier in the day, police arrested 75 polite yet determined protesters -- including three in wheelchairs and a dozen in religious habits -- after they refused to leave the Federal Building where they blocked doors...Two other entrances to the building remained open during the demonstration, and many people ventured through them to pick up their income tax forms after acknowledging the protesters outside."
No arrests at Critical Mass in SF last week, or month before, orKvonnah
Apr 1, 2003 5:23 PM
sorry for confusion critical mass did not have these issues it was bikes not bombs here is a link, http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2003/03/1589005.php
Critical massholes!nmthe bull
Apr 1, 2003 3:47 AM
Let's Keep War and Political Talk on the non cycling board.TSuprano
Apr 1, 2003 4:34 AM
Also stop blocking the road up you nonriding fu(ks!the bull
Apr 1, 2003 5:28 AM
Critical mass is all about pissing people off!
Now your pissing more people off at me when I am out in the middle of nowhere they take it out on me!And most of you dont even ride(seriously)!
where can I find a car critical mass?ishmael
Apr 1, 2003 5:53 AM
I want to drive around downtown bumper to bumper with thousands of others.
The North/South Tollway at 4:45pm M-F!! nmKristin
Apr 1, 2003 12:04 PM
Bikes not bombsColnagoFE
Apr 1, 2003 7:20 AM
I know a ride happened in Boulder during the snowstorm recently....nothing big because of the weather, but they did drape some banners over US36.
bombs are more effective than bikes when dropped on Iraq!nmthe bull
Apr 1, 2003 11:21 AM
If SF was so cool go back there.....triple shot espresso
Apr 1, 2003 11:55 AM
Colorado is one of the best places to ride I have ever been to and it's hard enough keeping it this way without you jerk offs giving cyclists a bad name. We don't need the negative press. Police are not jackbooted stormtroopers they arrest people for a reason or they hear about it from every liberal in the state, and there's a lot of them. Critical Mass needs to die die die! I don't know you but I'm going to call you a hippy anyway!
re: Critical mass or Bikes not Bombs events in Denver?Kvonnah
Apr 1, 2003 5:43 PM
Wow, all I wanted was info from anyone who knew, and even stated I did not want a huge political discussion but BLAM! Looks like there are a few right wing riders out there. I DO ride somewhat seriously 150-200 miles a week and I always attempt to improve.

The thing that drew me to riding was commuting. I wanted a clean sustainable form of transportation and what fits the bill more then cycling? Like almost all here I became addicted to cycling and have become a geek since. But through it all I remain the avid environmentalist and "hippie" as Triple shot referred to me. I think that, regardless of political view, critical mass is a great movement for cyclists. It is not about pissing people off, it is about reclaiming the streets and illustrating that there ARE alternatives to SUVS.

Those of you who live in CO. should empathize. Most of that brown cloud in Denver is from automobile emissions and we have to breathe that crap in while riding. Also, there is a huge benefit in not consuming all that petroleum.

Finally, would it not be a GOOD THING to get more people riding??

Anyway, peace, no more politics I promise and if anyone does have info please let me know. Thanks!
-K
Ok hippie....triple shot espresso
Apr 2, 2003 7:37 AM
It pains me to hold back from launching into a complete rant about Critical Mass but I must point out one major flaw in your view of roads, THEY ARE NOT OURS TO RECLAIM! Yes, we have every right to be there but let's not fool ourselves, roads were built for cars, they are nice and smooth for cars. It is not our right to have bike lanes. A lot of people may disagree with this theory but when I ride on the road I consider myself a guest in the house of cars and ride courteously and with respect for the 2500lbs+ hosts.

I believe in sustainablility and I work 40+ hours a week towards a renewable energy future.
Ok hippie....Kvonnah
Apr 2, 2003 5:50 PM
Well stated and I respect your opinon Triple. Lets call it a truce and agree to disagree.

BTW you mentioned that you work towards a renewable energy future, very cool, what do you do?

I doubt you will actually see this reply since it is way back here :-)