Critical Mass or Critical "Mess"?
I've always had a love/hate relationship with Critical Mass, it's an amazing thing to see, but not if you're in a car trying to get around the city the last Friday of every month. After all, the event is a protest, so those thousands of people while having a good time, are still breaking laws in some instances.
Orosa wants to sit down with organizers and make it a organized. Can you organize thousands of bicylists?
Critical Mass has never needed permits before because it's a "spontaneous" thing, people just show up and ride. The problem is there are just too many of them, they clog traffic lanes and some get violent, they go through red lights and really just control the streets trying to prove some sort of point.
One rider said that it's not a good idea for them to stop at red lights because it would just slow the ride down.
Orosa sent a couple of certified letters to Rydel Deed, founder of The Miami Bike Scene, warning him to get the necessary permits. And telling him to have the riders act in a reasonable and responsible manner.
Miami Bike Scene just posts a map of each month's ride, so I'm not sure if they should be responsible; they post everything bicycle related from the Bike Prom to stolen bicycle alerts. It's like me posting the Halloween listings for Coconut Grove, here in the Grapevine and then being responsible for the thousands of people that show up on Halloween night.
Critical Mass began in the early 90s in San Francisco. The main purpose was to show drivers that bikers are out there and the streets should be shared.
I do have to admit that I get giddy when I see all the bicyclists coming through, I have stopped and watched in awe with my mouth open just taking in the scene. I also have gotten frustrated by their overtaking of local streets.
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