Monday, February 16, 2009

Critical Mass: revolutionaries--or selfish brats?


A Post-Critical Mass Portland: Living in a Post-Revolutionary Bicycle Age from Joe Biel on Vimeo.

Attempting to drive home in my Chevy pickup during the last critical mass ride here in Arcata I was locked in place on a narrow road for at least a half hour while leering cyclists flipped me the bird and screamed insults at my pickup truck. "Hey," I wanted to add, "I'm one of you. I'm hauling a yard of compost for my organic garden." If I had been trying to get to a hospital, I'd have been out of luck. The people behind me had little kids in the car and looked pretty upset.

Your experiences may vary. But I'm not going to miss Critical Mass in Portland--or here.

Addendum: David from The Practical Cyclist Blog has written a thoughtful piece on the future prospects--if any--for Critical Mass.