Critical(ly Stupid) Mass

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I’m a Cyclist.

I commute to work via bicycle sometimes, other times I drive my car.  I race and train year round as well as just go out on the two wheels for the heck of it.  I average about 250 miles a week on the bike.  Every now and then I cross paths with a driver who REALLY doesn’t want me on the road.  It happens.  But, you know, I have more problems with cars when I am DRIVING than when riding.

Anyway…

The reason I bring it up is because I THINK it gives me authority to say the following:

Critical Mass riders.  Listen up.  YOU ARE RETARDED

Militant cycling is NOT the way to gain drivers respect and teach them that we all need to share the road.  Blocking traffic, yelling at drivers, riding up and down the sidewalk and terrifying pedestrians is cycling terrorism.

Think about it.  You block a car, piss him off.  you think to yourself, “I showed him… bastard driver” but then 20 minutes later when that same driver is coming behind me while I’m out for a ride, they don’t see me.

They see YOU.

Now they’ll retaliate, they’ll try and get as close as they can, or throw a coke at me or maybe even worse.  I don’t want folks to be calling my emergency contact because YOU were riding for your “cause”.

Why don’t you take all of the time and energy you pour into breaking the law and pissing off drivers and give it to organizations that DO help cyclists.  Bicycle Alliance of Washington is one as well as Cascade Cycling Club, Cycle University, or any riding racing clubs involved with WSBA.  Support individuals like John Duggan, cycling attorny who fights for cyclists rights.

There are much better ways to get your point across.   Stop being stupid.

4 Responses to “Critical(ly Stupid) Mass”

  • I second that.

    Rebecca — August 29, 2008 at 9:16 pm
  • I’m with you….stupid cyclists with a “cause” do nobody any favors. Well written comments, Brian.

    carrie — August 30, 2008 at 7:52 pm
  • I love your line “Blocking traffic, yelling at drivers, riding up and down the sidewalk and terrifying pedestrians is cycling terrorism.”

    Travis — August 31, 2008 at 9:01 am
  • Here in Buffalo we do the critical mass thing but not for the holding up traffic, owning the road, angering those around us kind of ride. Its the Sunday night ride. Its every Sunday at midnight when there is little traffic and less danger for the hundreds of cyclists, and it goes all over the city making stops at monuments and parks. It unifies the bike community, and connects people. Its a moving event that is a staple here in Buffalove.

    Melscamp — August 19, 2010 at 7:58 am
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