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    1. nitro
      July 29, 2008 at

      Mob rule

    2. ddt
      July 29, 2008 at

      That’s so not right. The only CM I did was in SF on a big anniversary ride, and it was great to see so many people out, dressed creatively, decorated bikes.

      But… but. I could not endorse nor stand the attitude most of the riders waved around at cars. It was just after standard work hours, tons of drivers (many were carpooling) just trying to get home. A few riders did try to stop the crowd from blocking intersections, but drivers were forced either to be invisible and wait, wait, wait or, if they honk or ask to get through a green light, yelled at and mocked.

      That, to me, is so not the way to co-opt people and turn them to your cause. It’s just giving them a reason to hate all cyclists, or reinforcing their already present dislike.

      Not everyone CAN ride a bike. And there isn’t sufficient public transport for all destinations. Sure, a lot of those drivers could, but this ain’t going to get them on two wheels.

      And ignoring the rules of the road… they’re not really a fascistic imposition that MUST be resisted. They generally are there to try to get everyone moving and keep people (esp cyclists) safe.

      Sorry for the rant. Just tired of being called anti-bike when I don’t support CM. It could be a great, fun, awareness-raising activity, but as it is, it’s just selfish and FU.

    3. brenty
      July 29, 2008 at

      ..Where the only winning move is NOT TO PLAY.

      http://youtube.com/watch?v=eeOHEU7Ykyg

    4. brenty
      July 29, 2008 at

      ddt your not the only cyclist that does not support CM.
      I find many of them are turning into another opportunity to act a fool rather than do something constructive.

    5. Sanborn
      July 29, 2008 at

      What the hell is wrong with people?

    6. MK
      July 29, 2008 at

      CM does for cycling advocacy what the Liverpool fans do for soccer.

    7. Justin
      July 29, 2008 at

      You want anarchy? You get anarchy.

      Be careful what you wish for.

      -Justin

    8. ddt
      July 29, 2008 at

      Justin: what most people don’t realize is that anarchy, really, means _more_ responsibility on the personal level. For other people, for society. It is a type of government; it’s not “everyone go nuts and do what they will”.

      Well, that’s speaking in the technical sense of the word. This is barbarism.

      That said… there are a lot of nice people who mean well in CM! But a person is smart, while people are stupid.

    9. Justin
      July 30, 2008 at

      “There are good deeds and there are good intentions. They’re as far apart as Heaven and Hell.”

      -Justin

    10. Tim
      July 30, 2008 at

      The story from Seattle is bad, just as bad as the minivan Mom who got mobbed here in SF last year. Any word on why the NYC guy got slammed by the cop? That was clearly planned by that officer, not just a random let’s knock a cyclist over thing.

      My one Critical Mass ride was in NYC, and riding through Time Square at night was a treat. Too bad I picked the weekend of the 2004 Republican Convention in that city – 5000 CM’ers and radical agitators and random cyclists make an “interesting” mix.

    11. Tim
      July 30, 2008 at

      Oops, found my own answer, or at least more of the story:
      http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/the-officer-the-bicyclist-and-the-video/

    12. windblocker
      August 1, 2008 at

      the latest: the cop involved lied on his incident report, the video was released and now he is on admin leave, pending full investigation.

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