Critical Mass ride interrupted - AM N...

Critical Mass ride interrupted - AM New York

There are 4 comments on the AM New York story from Mar 30, 2007, titled Critical Mass ride interrupted - AM New York. In it, AM New York reports that:

Three people were arrested and 47 others were issued summonses or violations Friday night during the first Critical Mass bicycle ride since the Police Department issued a new parade-permit rule.

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William

New York, NY

#1 Mar 31, 2007
Stupid idiots. Is there ONE grain of sense between the lot of them? This girl who complains she's a "law abiding citizen" and then it turns out she was arrested for riding on the wrong side of the road...are these people NUTS? Of COURSE you can't do that, for obvious reasons. She was arrested for her own safety and that of everyone around her, including other road users.

As for the boneheaded Mendez who claims it's about constitutional rights - then what about the rights of MOTORISTS who wish to get from A to B on roads they've paid for from their paychecks, but can't because a crowd of attention seeking children decided to violate everyone elses rights by taking over the roads?

Does anyone know what the antidote for stupidity is? We need to get it to these people FAST.
William

New York, NY

#2 Mar 31, 2007
And another thing! Cyclists in this city are a damn nuisance, a law unto themselves and cops should be arresting them at 10 times the rate they are now. Riding on sidewalks, going through red lights and stop signs as if the rules of the road don't apply to them, riding the wrong way up streets and barreling over crossings the wrong way while pedestrians are walking and looking the other way for traffic, making dangerous lane changes and showing absolutely no concern whatsoever for other road users, cycling without lights in the dark - there needs to be a HUGE crack down on cyclists in this city.

They have a stinking attitude which needs dealing with - I think they believe that the rules don't apply to them because they are somehow "morally superior" to car drivers and therfore have a "greater moral right" to the road. Such people need to be banned from the roads altogether.

But the absolute WORST are those stupid parents (usually lefties in the East Village) who ride in busy traffic with CHILDREN on the back. I saw a woman last week riding over Houston street at perhaps one of the most dangerous intersections in the city, and she had a small child sat on the handlebars and another clinging to dear life behind her as the traffic raged on either side. I said "you don't care about those kids" as she passed me and she nearly crashed in the process of craning her head back to scream curse words at me. There's another guy I see in SoHo frequently, he scoots his toddlers around in a trailer attatched to his bike. In rush hour traffic. Such people should be prosecuted for child abuse. The probability is they're leftists risking their children's lives to make a political point about the environment, traffic and pollution etc. Cycling their kids around in heavy traffic makes them feel morally virtuous, which of course is more important than the lives of their children. Disgusting people.
capitalismstolem ypride

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Apr 1, 2007
William wrote:
As for the boneheaded Mendez who claims it's about constitutional rights - then what about the rights of MOTORISTS who wish to get from A to B on roads they've paid for from their paychecks, but can't because a crowd of attention seeking children decided to violate everyone elses[sic] rights by taking over the roads?
Nonsense. A bicycle has the right to the road just as any other vehicle. If the bicycles are being operated legally, they have THE RIGHT TO BE THERE-
whether it's 1 or 1000.What about the pedestrians' right to walk without cars blocking the crosswalk in busy midtown intersections? The pedestrians pay taxes, too.
capitalismgaveme mylife

New York, NY

#4 Apr 1, 2007
capitalismstolemypride wrote:
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Nonsense. A bicycle has the right to the road just as any other vehicle. If the bicycles are being operated legally, they have THE RIGHT TO BE THERE-
whether it's 1 or 1000.What about the pedestrians' right to walk without cars blocking the crosswalk in busy midtown intersections? The pedestrians pay taxes, too.
Fiddlesticks! Cyclists have no right to swarm roads in such a way as to cause deliberate congestion. Similarly, I have no right to fence off an entire section of the sidewalk in order to fight chickens.

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