Critical Mass (Miami)

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    Dec 07, 2012 1:12 AM GMT
    My riding buddies at work begged me and bought me beer and burgers and pleaded with me to come ride with them.

    So I'm going to ride it with them next time.

    http://www.themiamibikescene.com/p/miami-critical-mass-guidelines.html
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    Dec 07, 2012 1:21 AM GMT
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    Dec 07, 2012 11:36 PM GMT
    never heard of it but it's a nice project, if only to bring car drivers to develop a better tolerance towards bikers.

    but 12 mph...haha. don't fall asleep. ;p
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    Dec 08, 2012 7:13 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidMy riding buddies at work begged bagged and banged me and bought me beer and burgers and pleaded with me to come ride with them.

    So I'm going to ride it with them next time.

    http://www.themiamibikescene.com/p/miami-critical-mass-guidelines.html


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  • metatextual

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    Dec 08, 2012 7:22 PM GMT
    You could always join 'Critical Ass' and ride naked at night!
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    Dec 08, 2012 11:46 PM GMT
    xassantex saidnever heard of it but it's a nice project, if only to bring car drivers to develop a better tolerance towards bikers.

    but 12 mph...haha. don't fall asleep. ;p
    I'm thinking about tying a pillow to the handlebars to lay my head on while riding. For realz. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 08, 2012 11:48 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidMy riding buddies at work begged bagged and banged me and bought me beer and burgers and pleaded with me to come ride with them.

    So I'm going to ride it with them next time.

    http://www.themiamibikescene.com/p/miami-critical-mass-guidelines.html


    Fixed.


    There ya go.....icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 08, 2012 11:51 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidMy riding buddies at work begged me and bought me beer and burgers and pleaded with me to come ride with them.

    So I'm going to ride it with them next time.

    http://www.themiamibikescene.com/p/miami-critical-mass-guidelines.html


    Sounds cool. I would like to do that one day. I was actually stuck behind them the last event and there were literally thousands of bikers riding along Biscayne.

    I normally would be mad, but it looked so cool I didn't mind....LOTS of eye candy too!!!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 09, 2012 9:57 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidMy riding buddies at work begged me and bought me beer and burgers and pleaded with me to come ride with them.

    So I'm going to ride it with them next time.

    http://www.themiamibikescene.com/p/miami-critical-mass-guidelines.html


    Sounds cool. I would like to do that one day. I was actually stuck behind them the last event and there were literally thousands of bikers riding along Biscayne.

    I normally would be mad, but it looked so cool I didn't mind....LOTS of eye candy too!!!icon_biggrin.gif
    Well come on and join us. We can watch the eye candy while my coworkers bitch about there not being enough girls to keep them entertained. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 10, 2012 7:41 AM GMT
    xassantex saidnever heard of it but it's a nice project, if only to bring car drivers to develop a better tolerance towards bikers.


    I find that Critical Mass does the opposite. It's a protest and it shuts down intersections for long stretches at a time while the people roll through. Drivers go apeshit waiting for it to end. As a respectful cyclist who wants cars to like and watch out for him, I think Critical Mass does more harm than good.
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    Dec 10, 2012 5:41 PM GMT
    erik911sd said
    xassantex saidnever heard of it but it's a nice project, if only to bring car drivers to develop a better tolerance towards bikers.


    I find that Critical Mass does the opposite. It's a protest and it shuts down intersections for long stretches at a time while the people roll through. Drivers go apeshit waiting for it to end. As a respectful cyclist who wants cars to like and watch out for him, I think Critical Mass does more harm than good.


    then i guess it's not so good.
    i thought it was just a bike city ride, done casually without any sense of provocation .
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    Dec 10, 2012 7:13 PM GMT
    erik911sd said
    xassantex saidnever heard of it but it's a nice project, if only to bring car drivers to develop a better tolerance towards bikers.


    I find that Critical Mass does the opposite. It's a protest and it shuts down intersections for long stretches at a time while the people roll through. Drivers go apeshit waiting for it to end. As a respectful cyclist who wants cars to like and watch out for him, I think Critical Mass does more harm than good.
    It's not intended to be a protest. It only holds up traffic momentarily.

    Movie sets, on the other hand, block off entire streets for several hours at a time during filming.
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    Dec 11, 2012 4:56 AM GMT
    Perhaps there is a different vibe for Critical Mass back east, but out here, there is definitely a provocative nature to it. It's also a very hipster crowd that participates in it. Cyclists take over the streets, ignore traffic signals as they ride in procession, and cheer as they hold up traffic.

    It's meant to promote bicycle rights and alternative transportation, but most serious cyclists and bicycle commuters I know avoid it and think it only serves to cement negative attitudes drivers have toward cyclists sharing the road with them.

    One of my friends did it because he supports the alternative transportation cause, but quit after the second ride when the leader took the group on the freeway at night.
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    Dec 11, 2012 6:30 PM GMT
    erik911sd saidPerhaps there is a different vibe for Critical Mass back east, but out here, there is definitely a provocative nature to it. It's also a very hipster crowd that participates in it. Cyclists take over the streets, ignore traffic signals as they ride in procession, and cheer as they hold up traffic.

    It's meant to promote bicycle rights and alternative transportation, but most serious cyclists and bicycle commuters I know avoid it and think it only serves to cement negative attitudes drivers have toward cyclists sharing the road with them.

    One of my friends did it because he supports the alternative transportation cause, but quit after the second ride when the leader took the group on the freeway at night.
    Wow, that sucks.

    A single cyclist running a red light or stop sign when there's no traffic is one thing; but holding up traffic on purpose to run red lights and stop signs for a group is ridiculous (unless it's done with a legal permit to block traffic).
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    Dec 21, 2012 11:40 PM GMT
    erik911sd said
    xassantex saidnever heard of it but it's a nice project, if only to bring car drivers to develop a better tolerance towards bikers.


    I find that Critical Mass does the opposite. It's a protest and it shuts down intersections for long stretches at a time while the people roll through. Drivers go apeshit waiting for it to end. As a respectful cyclist who wants cars to like and watch out for him, I think Critical Mass does more harm than good.


    I totally agree with this. In San Francisco, where this event got started, Critical Mass is more loathed than loved. The cyclists descend into this mob mentality of "taking back the streets". They show an incredible disrespect for vehicles on the road, failing to obey traffic lights and rules of the road, and there have even been cases of vandalism and destruction of property. Cyclists in SF have a really bad reputation largely because of Critical Mass and the attitude that the traffic rules don't apply to them.

    As a cyclist myself, I think it's important for vehicles to remember that cyclists are on the road and have rights to the street also. But cyclists need to remember that they are, in the eyes of the law, a vehicle and must obey all the same traffic rules.
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    Dec 21, 2012 11:51 PM GMT
    Re. the Critical Mass flaming occurring here, click on the link, provided below for the sixth time, and watch the video...

    http://www.themiamibikescene.com/p/miami-critical-mass-guidelines.html
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    Dec 26, 2012 10:59 PM GMT
    OutdoorAdventurist saidRe. the Critical Mass flaming occurring here, click on the link, provided below for the sixth time, and watch the video...

    http://www.themiamibikescene.com/p/miami-critical-mass-guidelines.html
    From the sound of it, it seems like CM is operated differently in different locations. Maybe some places are operated and infiltrated by assholes. I'll find out in a couple days what this one is like. If I don't like it, I'll do the Ft. Lauderdale ride next month.
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    Dec 29, 2012 2:54 AM GMT
    Well, it was awesome! Lots of people cheered us on.

    Due to the 1000's of cyclists, corking and blocking traffic signals was necessary for safety (can't stop a crowd of 2000+ cyclists for every red light); but overall it was a great ride. I only saw 2 or 3 pissed off motorists the entire time.
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    Jan 03, 2013 7:16 PM GMT
    Here's a completely biased opinion piece on San Diego's Critical Mass. The reply comments give a bit of the other side's perspective. While the writer goes out of his way (on an otherwise rather progressive website that prides itself on accurate investigative journalism) to portray the CM riders as anarchy on wheels without seriously addressing the reasons for that tactic, I have to say he accurately describes what SD CM looks like to the average person, why many believe it does more harm than good, and why the serious road cyclists I know & I won't ride in it.

    http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/opinion/article_4cd4e324-4bf2-11e2-99f6-0019bb2963f4.html

    Perhaps the Critical Mass rides are different in your cities, but it's a madhouse here.

    Luckily, we have a small but vocal group of activists who are working on changing the region's bicycle infrastructure by working through the political processes that seems to be working better than the monthly protest rides that San Diegans generally dislike and don't understand the purpose of.

    The only thing that makes San Diego even remotely bike-friendly is the weather, but it does seem that the regional planners are doing more to improve cycling conditions. This current bikescore map, however, is pretty dismal.
    http://www.walkscore.com/bike/CA/San_Diego
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    Jan 03, 2013 7:31 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidWell, it was awesome! Lots of people cheered us on.

    Due to the 1000's of cyclists, corking and blocking traffic signals was necessary for safety (can't stop a crowd of 2000+ cyclists for every red light); but overall it was a great ride. I only saw 2 or 3 pissed off motorists the entire time.


    Great turnout, Paul!
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    Jan 03, 2013 7:32 PM GMT
    erik911sd saidHere's a completely biased opinion piece on San Diego's Critical Mass. The reply comments give a bit of the other side's perspective. ...


    It's California.
    It wouldn't be California if both sides of the protest were not passionate.
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    Jan 03, 2013 8:27 PM GMT
    metatextual saidYou could always join 'Critical Ass' and ride naked at night!
    How disgusting.
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    Jan 03, 2013 8:28 PM GMT
    GAMRican said
    erik911sd saidHere's a completely biased opinion piece on San Diego's Critical Mass. The reply comments give a bit of the other side's perspective. ...


    It's California.
    It wouldn't be California if both sides of the protest were not passionate.


    Actually, it wouldn't be California unless both sides were gathering signatures for competing ballot initiatives to amend the constitution to legalize or criminalize it.
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    Jan 04, 2013 12:15 AM GMT
    erik911sd said
    GAMRican said
    erik911sd saidHere's a completely biased opinion piece on San Diego's Critical Mass. The reply comments give a bit of the other side's perspective. ...


    It's California.
    It wouldn't be California if both sides of the protest were not passionate.


    Actually, it wouldn't be California unless both sides were gathering signatures for competing ballot initiatives to amend the constitution to legalize or criminalize it.
    Actually, it wouldn't be California unless each side was on opposite ends of the San Andreas during "the big one."
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    Jan 04, 2013 12:33 AM GMT
    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.