4.04.2007

Critical Mass Should Go

I've been a fan of the concept of San Francisco's Critical Mass, the idea that bikers (and other non-mechanized forms of transport) essentially take over the city to demonstrate an alternative to cars.

The reality of Critical Mass is that it is a fucking huge pain in the ass for everyone not in the ride. People who need to get to work or get home or get to the store. And I say this as a biker and cyclist.

Or, in the case of this family from Redwood City, a birthday celebration that turned into an insane and terrifying horror story. The complete wrongness of the whole ordeal is a sign, to me, that Critical Mass is no longer any kind of positive influence or good awareness of cycling event. It is a horror show.
A biker in front blocked her as another biker began pounding on the windshield. Another was pounding on her window. Another pounded the other side.

"It seemed like they were using their bikes as weapons,'' Ferrando said. One of the bikers then threw his bike -- shattering the rear window and terrifying the young girls inside.

All the while, Ferrando was screaming, "There are children in this car! There are children in this car!"
What kind of awareness has this raised? Lawsuit awareness? Probably.

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