[*BCM*] re Halloween ride
applebutter at hotmail.com
Fri Nov 14 23:53:36 EST 2008
I'm late to this conversation about the Halloween ride, but wanted to say that I think Turtle has a great point below, but one thing that always troubles me is how the Mass doesn't share the road.I would have felt safer, and enjoyed myself, if we were sharing the road with the motorists on Storrow. As it was, I couldn't relax because I felt we were creating a situation that would cause more anger and aggression towards ourselves and any other cyclists out on the roads, CM participants or otherwise. People always take advantage of the group (mob mentality perhaps) to unnecessarily cross over to the left side of a double yellow, or take up all lanes of traffic, or otherwise create mayhem, when staying en masse in one or some of the lanes would give us plenty of room and also allow us to lead by example in sharing the road.Some of the choices made in the name of raising awareness of dangerous conditions for cyclists just gives motorists a reason to pick fights with us and see us as annoyances. And I'd rather not worry negatively primed drivers. And I agree with whomever talked about conversations: we should be talking to each other about these issues when they come up on the rides.SarahDate: Sat, 1 Nov 2008 09:27:27 -0400From: turtle <thewiseturtle at gmail.com>Subject: Re: [*BCM*] tonight's rideTo: "Boston Critical Mass" <list at bostoncriticalmass.org>Message-ID:<ab5d2c20811010627k3528bef1u5d4dc2370c998453 at mail.gmail.com>Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1One of the most important goals of Cm is to raise awareness ofdangerous conditions for cyclists, thus, driving on Storrow (wheremost drivers are exceeding the speed limit and treating what wasdesigned as a leisurely and enjoyable parkway like some kind ofsuperhighway) is exactly the sort of thing CM should be doing. Atleast if you want CM to make a difference...
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