A message from one of our group members...

From: Rob F.
Sent on: Sunday, April 27, 2008 11:53 AM
I am forwarding a message from one of our group members who participated in the Critical Mass Ride.

Please note, that while my Asst. Organizer Jon invited members of the group to ride with him at this event, we did not organize this event.

If you would like to reply to Everett or to the group, please do so in the message board section of our site as I don't want to clog up people's in box. Messages sent to me on this topic will not be forwarded to the group for the above stated reason.

Thank you,

Rob Fox

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Everett sent you this message from Greater Boston
Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group on Meetup.com:

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I have ridden in Critical Mass Rides in other cities.
I have circumnavigated the world on a bike (see www.new-
millennium-ride.org).
I am an advocate for biking and sharing the road: sharing the
road with motorized vehicles, pedestrians, ox-carts, camels,
etc. I ride 250 to 300 miles a week. I usually get in one
century a week, often two. I spend a lot of time biking and,
obviously, many hours on our city streets and country roads.

Last Friday I joined Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness
Group and several hundred other bicyclists on Boston's April
2008 Critical Mass Ride.

Critical Mass is not about usurping the peace and disrupting
the laws of the road. It is about making a statement: there
are a lot of bicyclists out there and once a month we get
together to ride through our city streets. Ours is a parade to
celebrate bicycles and bicycling. We want drivers and
pedestrians to see us. We want to affirm that we too have a
right to use the roads. We must demonstrate that we can do so
in a civil manner. We can cheer and smile. We can have a good
time. We can make it pleasant for those who are being briefly
inconvenienced by our parade.

I was amazed at the hooliganism that was displayed during
Friday night's ride. No wonder automobile drivers get pissed
off at bikers.

Once the flow starts through an intersection, it is a good idea
to station sentries on the cross streets to let the parade
pass. It is not a good idea to race to the front of a queue of
vehicles waiting at a red light and then block their "escape
ahead of the parade" when the light changes. It is also poor
show to push into an intersection when the light is red and
traffic is already moving on the cross street. When the lead
riders reach a red light they should wait for the light to
change before letting the parade move forward. It is also very
rude and dangerous to ride in the on-coming traffic lane or to
bounce on and off the sidewalks. We have to show we can ride
responsibly. We should not resemble a plague of locusts
swarming through the town. On Friday we did. Critical Mass is
an opportunity to show the world that ?bikes on our roads? is
something worth tolerating, that it is a good idea.

Everett Briggs
Cambridge

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