Another Critical Mass Report from July


Catching up today on some interesting items that I somehow missed over the couple of weeks. Here is a report on July’s Critical Mass ride from Will at NYTurf:

The police moved into traffic with their scooters, swerving between cars and bikes, without their sirens on. It’s really hard to understand what they want you to do because frankly it seems they really have no clue about what they are doing. One of the first people they stopped was riding in the middle of traffic, surrounded by a hundred bikes and some cars. They ticketed him for not riding in the bike lane. This of course is not ticketable when there are dozens to a hundred other people in the bike lane.

  • ddartley

    The video of the July CM that’s posted on Bike Blog seems to show a lot of cops who are not thrilled about being made to follow illegitimate orders (i.e. to bust as many cyclists as possible, even if the charges don’t hold up to even the slightest scrutiny). I like to take that as a sign of hope that the culture is improving among their troops. For our part, I wish we would blame the higher-ups more than the cops out there following terrible orders. I think that’s PART of the picture.

    On a separate issue, about scooters, I can’t resist repeating the comment I made on Bike Blog:

    How much energy, money,* greenhouse pollution, and thermal pollution would the City have saved if it had bought BIKES for all those cops instead of scooters (and cars)?

    * For buying the scooters in the first place, fueling them, and maintaining them, each of which is cheaper for bikes


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