[*BCM*] Fwd: [massbike] Open letter to the Cycling Community
goannego at gmail.com
Tue Jul 29 03:05:26 EDT 2008
As fun as that looks, the flip side of it is that it then still contributes
the same negative issues that we've been talking about and that the Mass
Bike posting discusses. A group of people, under the CM banner, on the
sidewalk, on private property, cycling round and round and having to be
kicked out by security. No respect for any rules or laws, that's the
argument that is going to be put forward. Couple it in with the "riding
down the halls of MIT" and other such actions and it is incredibly easy to
see where the negativity is coming from regarding the public and CM. Sure,
it is fun to ride around the fountains. I've done it myself. But if I was
standing there and 20+ bikes started going round and round and round,
intimidating me and having to be kicked out by security, the "disown CM,
embrace Courteous Mass" movement just picked up another adherent, and yet
another "those intimidating jerks of CM" starts making the rounds.
2008/7/29 Daniel Whitlow <dwhitlow at mit.edu>
> For people without facebook or people too lazy to sign on, here's the link:
> Out of curiousity, does anybody else have any pictures from that ride?
> Was hoping for a few to remember my first CM by.
> On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 11:43 PM, . nevele <symboliceon at hotmail.com>
> > regarding all of the negative things being said regarding CM (trust me, i
> > have plenty of my own negative feedback) i'd just like everyone to see
> > happened at the end of the last ride, unfortunately i think you need a
> > facebook membership to see it:
> > http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=115207&id=1022199047
> > organized rides don't end like this; they don't randomly end up at the
> > fountain in the christian science church park with some folks riding
> > it, and some riding inside the plooms (plumes? damnit.) of water.
> > the 30 or so of us who were left were promptly kicked the hell out by
> > "security" but you just can't write that shit.
> > unorganized, chaotic rides like CM aren't necessarily supposed to be
> > political gain, sometimes it's just about personal experiences.
> > i remember my first ride.. it was like magic. i was riding this BMX that
> > was scared as shit to ride around the city (had my first dooring
> > on that lil guy) and the mass made me feel empowered. then i ditched that
> > bike and got a big ol' trek mtb and rode the mass a bunch of times,
> > more and more empowered each time. eventually the rear axle on that beast
> > snapped and cracked the frame so i ended up with my fixie Moto a couple
> > years ago.
> > point being that the origin of the confidence i have while slicing
> > traffic like a ripping hot chefs knife through warm butter is critical
> > and i teach others what i have learned. without the fun, sorta rebelious
> > nature of CM, i feel as tho a lot of folks just wouldn't ride.
> > jb
> >> From: jym at econet.org
> >> To: list at bostoncriticalmass.org
> >> Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 13:13:54 -0700
> >> Subject: Re: [*BCM*] Fwd: [massbike] Open letter to the Cycling
> >> =v= Oh joy, another "Critical Mass Needs To End" opinion, on a
> >> Seattle blog:
> >> http://seattlest.com/2008/07/28/seattle_critical_mass_needs_to_end.php
> >> Naturally, it proceeds from false premises.
> >> =v= Critical Mass is turning 16 in a few months. Old enough
> >> to drive, but smart enough not to.
> >> <_Jym_>
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> Thank you for your time,
> Daniel Whitlow
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