Article on Radical Bike Culture
Chris Carlsson, one of the founding fathers of the critical mass experience in San Francisco, wrote a long article about the rise of radical bicycle culture in the new century. The article can be found at Streets blog
Then read a bunch of arguments about the radicals at Time's up left in the comments section. Its the same old BS...griping about the radical nature of the critical mass ride as if Time's Up is responsible. Lets not forget the hundreds of free events Time's Up puts on every year, without a permit and without asking for a dime. Very little is said about the lose of our civil liberties and the violent nature of the NYPD to completely dimantle a peaceful event during a time of oil wars and a nationwide crackdown on environmentalists and activists in general. Lets all sit around and play the blame game while our CM is erased over the need for a permit to freely ASSEMBLE...completely destroyed because why...we run red lights? TAKE A LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE. Look who is in charge...a bunch of oil barrons and corporate thugs who rob us blind every day to fund an illegal war for profit. Hmmm what was Exxon's profit share last year? We have 600,000 dead Iraqi's, a thief for a president, a mayor who favors development over anything else, a planet which is having the hotest climate in history and we are crying about a bunch of cyclists who run red lights...give me a break.
Also check out Chris's blog at Chris's Blog Ah yes, a critical mass of 800-1000 people...those were the days.