Wednesday, March 10, 2010

sf critical mass, gone?


"In New York, a judge recently ruled that a group of more than 50 cyclists would have to request a parade permit to ride, effectively making a normal Critical Mass ride illegal. It's not clear whether San Francisco would try a similar tack.

From a practical perspective, shutting down Critical Mass in San Francisco would be really hard though. It's a leaderless event with hundreds of participants. How could you possibly ticket them all? And they're on bikes. How could you shut down their routes?

But Critical Mass also isn't just an act of protest. It has social value. For the people who participate, it's a chance to get some exercise, get to know the city, and meet other cyclists. It strengthens community ties and encourages cycling. Shouldn't that more than make up for traffic delays on a Friday night?

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