The Political Vending Machine: Critical Mass

9 02 2009

It’s 18 days until the next Critical Mass, which isn’t that big of a deal because Critical Mass is a monthly event. From the website of Seattle Critical Mass:

“on the last friday of every month in over 100 cities around the world cyclists congregate together to ride in demonstration and in celebration. critical mass has no leaders and no set agenda and people come together to ride for many different reasons.
just a few of those reasons are…

to assert cyclists right to the road, to promote bikes as a fun, healthy, viable alternative to cars, to build a greater sense of community, to get more folks on bikes, or simply to celebrate bike love and ride in solidarity with other like minded individuals and have some fun!
overall the ride is what you make it!”

The legality of these bike rides is disputed, with police handcuffing riders in some large city rides and getting lots of people into trouble.

On the other hand, some CM rides are promoted in the news .

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(by Jonathan Singer)

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