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Another Critical Mass turns bad...(17 posts)

Another Critical Mass turns bad...keebs64
Jun 5, 2003 9:43 AM
Read here:

Pictures here:
When does it every go good? nmeschelon
Jun 5, 2003 9:51 AM
When it RAINS!!!!!! (nm)Alexx
Jun 5, 2003 5:05 PM
These aren't cyclists, they're anarchists....94Nole
Jun 5, 2003 10:01 AM
from the article "...said besides blocking traffic, few of the cyclists he saw last week wore helmets, some had no shoes on, and others carried beer in their water bottle racks.

In Buffalo, the group meets at 5:30 p.m. on the last Friday of each month in front of City Hall. As a group, they decide which way to go and have biked throughout the city.

It's an eclectic group. Some wear bicycle helmets and ride expensive bicycles; others come on beat-up hand-me-downs; some ride children's bikes with streamers on the handlebars."

Meet in front of city hall at 5:30 on a Friday PM. No helmets. No shoes. Beer in water bottles. Give me a break. These are a bunch of morons in my not so humble opinion.
You say that like anarchy is a bad thing (nm)Heron Todd
Jun 5, 2003 10:49 AM
Todd Kuzma
Heron Bicycles
LaSalle, IL 815-223-1776
I'll assume that was with tongue in cheek. (nm)94Nole
Jun 5, 2003 11:03 AM
good anarchy, bad anarchyweiwentg
Jun 5, 2003 1:13 PM
actual political anarchism is like left-wing libertarianism. has its good points, has its bad points. Critical mass, I have heard, often degenerates into the smash-windows type of anarchism.
they hold Critical Mass rides in Ann Arbor, and I've never been on one, but I haven't heard of them going crazy. not all critical mass is bad, but I'm sure we hear more than our fair share of the bad ones. just because it's somehow associated with anarchism.
I'm w/Todd, and that's NOT tongue in cheekretro
Jun 5, 2003 11:37 AM
Crit Mass has problems in some cities (none where I live; the bike cops even ride along sometimes). The alternative, though, is to do what a lot of cyclists seem content to do: Whine on message boards about how they get no respect, the rude motorists won't give them room, people make fun of their shiny pants.
This just in: NOBODY BUT CYCLISTS READS CYCLING MESSAGE BOARDS! You might as well pin up a note at your LBS and expect society to change as to complain on here.
I was going to encourage CM as a form of civil disobedience, but it's often not even disobedience: You have a right to the street, and if you don't exercise it, you'll get squeezed out. Around here we do it on the first Friday of every month.
Agree 400%! nmthe bull
Jun 5, 2003 10:59 AM
Interesting column in SF WeeklyPseuZQ
Jun 5, 2003 10:12 AM
By Matt Smith, columnist and cyclist, on Critical Mass in San Francisco, suggesting that perhaps CM has served its purpose. Good column, IMO. (I'm not a regular CM rider, but I've been a few times.)

Worth a read for the made-up song lyrics alone!
They should be severly punishedpmf1
Jun 5, 2003 10:59 AM
Look at these dorks. They're not bike riders, they're trouble makers.

I say punish them severely. Make them rise around on a Huffy with 40 psi in the tires ... oops, I guess they are already doing that.
I agree . . .cyclinseth
Jun 5, 2003 11:09 AM
the cops should be severely punished. And the cops certainly aren't bike riders, they're thugs with guns, clubs and mace, and they are the ones who ALWAYS cause ALL the violence at peacefull gatherings such as critical mass events.
take a look at the picscollinsc
Jun 5, 2003 12:27 PM
I dont want to know what the first guy is holding, and the second, well, I'm not surprised he would have a tangle with bicyclists.
Martha Stewart's kicking herself for buying ImcloneThe Walrus
Jun 5, 2003 12:58 PM
stock instead of investing in the doughnut shop that guy goes to...
Answers to your questionsAlexx
Jun 5, 2003 5:08 PM
The first officer is holding a standard-issue billyclub. All cops everywhere carry one-even London bobbies.

The second officer, well, let's just say he looks like your typical Polish-American Buffalonian. He probably eats too much Kielbasa and Pierogis, anyway......
with a belly like that.....usna00
Jun 5, 2003 9:43 PM
I'm sure it's all the special treatment at Salvatore's Italian Garden......

if you're ever seen that place, tell me you didn't die laughing.
Jun 6, 2003 3:16 AM
Hey, youse laughin' at me???