Brooklyn Critical Mass: Feel the Love

Feel the Love: Brooklyn Critical Mass
A StreetFilm by Clarence Eckerson
Running Time: 3 minutes 51 seconds

How about this: A Critical Mass bike ride, without arrests or unrest. In Brooklyn this has been the scene for three years running. Check out the NYPD getting along with the 150-or-so cyclists who ventured out last Friday to celebrate their right to be the traffic.

  • ddartley

    The only good Critical Mass is a small Critical Mass. When they get huge, like they had by the time the RNC came to town, then “ignorant armies clash by night.”

  • i humbly disagree with ddartley. like most things in life, I think that in terms of critical mass, the more the merrier.

  • Elliot

    That looks awesome! I’m jealous of you, Brooklyn. Since the 10th anniversary ride back in September 2003 (I think that was the date) which hit a peak of about 1000 riders, the Portland mass has dwindled to a dozen thanks to police harassment.

  • ddartley

    I mean, sorry to be all downer in response to such an upbeat video and all; it’s just something I’ve spent a crazy amount of time thinking about, and I feel strongly enough about it to put in my two cents. But as always, good job, Streetfilms.

  • Clarence

    Well maybe this can show it can be done. I noticed lots of riders chatting with NYPD on the ride which was nice. And the riders were all well behaved too. Normally on CM rides you can usually single out a few people who look like they could be trouble. None here, just people out to celebrate, let’s hope they continue.

  • Clarence the commenter,
    That’s exactly the way it used to be in Manhattan up until the RNC–riders talking with cops, cops talking riders. The chill came from 1 Police Plaza, and could be lifted with an order.

  • Ryan

    You rock, Clarence!
    Bklyn Critical Mass is a fun ride — hope to see you all there!

  • jTuba

    Hey, all,
    By way of a kind of Devil’s advocacy, I think it’s worth discussing some of this. If I didn’t know any better (and, frankly, I don’t), this video would make me believe that Brooklyn CM riders generally share three opinions: 1) Brooklyn CM is way better than that crappy Manhattan CM, 2) cops are great and we should all be really grateful that they’re there every month because they cork for us and don’t arrest us, and 3) this is how CM always was before the RNC. I haven’t done either ride in a while and am pretty out of touch with riders’ mindsets right now, so I’m sort of curious what regular attendees takes are. Do people generally agree with these, or have I misunderstood?

  • roger m

    The 7-27-07 Manhattan Critical Mass was way better thant any police controlled Brooklyn mass. Once the ride got underway, there were no police, so no problems. Beautiful, responsible community freedom and assertion of non-motorized wheels. And it’s true, the more massers, the better. If there were greater numbers, the city couldn’t f–k with our rights like they do. It would be in their best interests to deal with it intelligently. The recent roving street party, ‘One Night of Fire’ is the perfect example.

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