[*BCM*] Re: Bostoncriticalmass Digest, Vol 34, Issue 2
leepeters at gis.net
Mon Apr 2 14:25:46 EDT 2007
I bent the protest to my own will back in 2004. I think it was called the "Double Parked Car Danger Ride". We went from a totally illegible gathering to 1/2 a notch to more legible. The success was within my own mind only. The rows of double parked cars are still prevalent in Boston.
It is doable, but don't overestimate. No-one can tell you not to do it.
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From: Rob Arnold
To: Boston Critical Mass
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2007 2:06 PM
Subject: Re: [*BCM*] Re: Bostoncriticalmass Digest, Vol 34, Issue 2
Yes, it's an obvious argument, but I did want to point out to the original poster why he/she'll get resistance or indifference from the group. Not because CM's not about anything, but because it's *about* riding a bike. Tagalong politics tend to get left on the curbside, where they belong. Sure, wear your costumes and tape your signs to your messenger bags, but signs and costumes are pretty common. Better, as other people suggest, to organize a separate ride. Or, better yet, an inclusive protest that allows non-bike people to participate as well. It's far easier to gather a group of likeminded citizens to protest than it is to convert a preexisting group over to your cause. I think claiming that CM isn't about anything makes it easy for people to assume they can bend the protest to their own wills. People forget the most obvious thing, it seems.
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