This Is How Riots Start
This via UltraRob on Twitter. One of New York’s ‘finest’ assaulting a cyclist during a Critical Mass thing:
Full story on the New York Times’ City Room blog.
Cyclists are a minority group (less than 5% of the population), and in other circumstances similar to this, the result’s been rioting. Maybe it’s a good job that we’re all a bunch of sandal-wearing, peace-loving, bike / tree-hugging hippies at heart, who just want to ride our bikes.
I’m somewhat ambivalent about Critical Mass, as I think it’s too antagonistic, and likely to do more harm than good in the long run by widening the sense of Us & Them. If you want more drivers to get out of their cars and onto bikes, there are probably better ways to achieve it. But there’s never an excuse for this sort of violence from the police.
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 07/29/2008
- Time: 11:06:31
- Total Time: 1:08:00.00
- Distance: 18 miles
- Average Speed: 15.88 mph