CYCLOPS had a great time at Critical Mass . . . well until it started.
I once asked a police officer who was stopping Critical Mass at a red light if he understood that it is much safer for all road users concerned if the ride stays together. I pointed out that stopping at red lights allows cars to get stuck in the middle of Critical Mass which is not only dangerous, but causes more congestion. He agreed that our approach of ‘corking’ at red lights and keeping the ride dense and uninterrupted would be much safer, but that he was not there to make things safer. He was there to uphold the law.
Fair enough, I thought. Wouldn’t it be nice if the officers who attend Critical Mass could decide what exactly that means and keep their approach consistent, though? Some police riding through reds, and others ticketing riders who follow them just seems wrong to me. Riding on the sidewalk during the ride when your job is to uphold the law is like saying “Hey, look at me. I don’t have to follow the rules, but you do. Nah nah”
Posted: June 1st, 2010
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