metatextual saidYou could always join 'Critical Ass' and ride naked at night!
We enjoy a very successful Critical Mass here in Chicago. I love it. And although I understand the arguments against it, there is nothing anyone can do to prevent tax payers like me from participating--- from using the roads I pay for. If, for two whole hours, once a month, is causes an interruption to the automobile-driving public from getting where they need to go, then so be it. It's a parade, is protected by the police, and in my many rides, the only crime I've witnessed is angry motorists attempting to injure cyclists. I have seen drivers throw bottles and other objects, and I have seen other drivers literally drive their cars into bikers. And I have seen them arrested.
All that being said, I haven't seen anyone very angry during the World Naked Bike Ride. And this tells me that there isn't any emergency at all. People arent in such a rush when they get to see tits and cocks. Nudity trumps traffic jams, apparently. And trust me, it is FUN to get naked and ride around Chicago with 2,000 people!
The argument against the ride is questionable. Again, we all pay taxes. And traffic laws are designed to protect pedestrians and cyclists from automobiles. When the automobiles aren't moving, there really is no need for us to stop at intersections.
As far as "sharing the road," well, get over it. We don't have to stop for anyone during our two hour parade as much as the St. Patty's Day parade does. It's part of city living: interruptions will happen, and that's a gamble people take when they drive their metal boxes into the center of my backyard.
This just in: Each city's ride is scheduled for a particular time each month. Ours in Chicago leaves from the Daley Center at 6pm on the last Friday of the month. Every month. With a couple of clicks and a tool called the Internet, anyone can plan for it.
The roads belong to everyone, and if we reserve it for a ride, with the company of the Chicago Police Department, many of whom ride with us, then drivers can take the L.