Critical Mass

Critical Mass

There are 7 comments on the story from Sep 30, 2008, titled Critical Mass. In it, reports that:

What is Critical Mass? It’s basically a big bicycle ride. Big as in with lots of people, not going far. Originally started to demonstrate about how cities are unfriendly to cyclists, Critical Mass is now about celebration and encouragement. The mantra “Take back the streets” has been replaced with “Ride daily, celebrate monthly”. I started participating in Critical Mass about two years ago. Pete (aka the StickerGuy) was the unofficial leader of the Mass, and it went a lot like what you see in this video. I’ve been in Masses with over 50 people, and I have been in some with only 3 of us. At the beginning of the year, I met Tommy in one of the Masses, and he asked me to write a bit for the Passport, so here I am.

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Fernley, NV

#1 Oct 5, 2008
Five or so years ago I witnessed Critical Mass from a hotel balcony above San Francisco's financial district. I witnessed a mob of bikers block and damage a car that was trying to get someone to a hospital. They also blocked the emergency services vehicles attempting to reach them. The overall spirit in the air was hatred and revenge on the part of the bikers. I have heard and read stories about drivers being pulled from their cars and beaten for traffic accidents with SF Critical Mass participants, whether or not it was their fault (like that matters). Unless things have changed, CM is a terrorist organization, and my lasting impression of the SF ride was one of disgust and anger at the obvious mob mentality. I don’t believe that it only took a few to hurt the many. I saw too much hatred and anger on too many faces. I have seen that mentality right here in my city. Most notably a group of riders riding in parallel and taking up half of the road, forcing motorists to slow down for sometimes long stretches waiting to pass on the other side, often across double yellow lines, always accompanied by the bird from one or more of the bikers. Sometimes the itch not to slow down it really strong or move over is just really there. Share the road goes both ways.

“The Reno Gun Show”

Since: Jul 08

Fallon, Nevada

#2 Oct 6, 2008
I also know may drivers here in Reno have hit bikers, and driven away. I was on of them, and drivers in the city of Reno really do need to slow down. If it takes you an extra minute to go somewhere, good maybe you will save a life. Especially with the economics of the country coupled with the price of gas more people should be riding bikes because it solves a lot of problems. Which the biggest problem of them all are drivers not paying attention, and hurting Reno citizens.

Incline Village, NV

#3 Oct 7, 2008
Ive been witness to critical mass in San Francisco as well. There completely ridiculous. It seems like there sole intention of going on there rides is to mess up traffic and get into confrontations. They do 10 times more harm to there cause that good.

I know it is silly but my time in San Francisco made me have a dislike of bicycle riders. I know its stupid to lump them all together just seems like allot of them go out of there way to get in your way. I know that's not all bike riders but I guess the bad ones have put a sour taste in my mouth for all. I will say thought it is not that bad here go to a major city for a month and you will grow a serious disliking for bikers.

The thing that always makes me real mad is when they blow through stops signs and red lights like that silly little law does not apply to them. If you insist on sharing the road that was made for cars with cars, obey the laws.

“The Reno Gun Show”

Since: Jul 08

Fallon, Nevada

#4 Oct 10, 2008
If a biker hits your car oh well, you hit a biker that is a different story. Stop Lights don't register a person on a bike, people open car doors without looking, and riding with ignorant drivers forces bikers to protect themselves. Helmets is all the protection we have, us taking up space more likely is making sure were seen.
Sweet Jones

Richmond, VA

#5 Dec 10, 2008


#6 Jun 4, 2010
It's gotten completely out of hand. I loathe that group of arrogant bike riding terds.

Since: Jul 10

Saint Kilda, Australia

#7 Jul 6, 2010
Anything that gets you out and riding is good and if you're into bike workouts critical mass sounds great :-)

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