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  • OK - but they need to be more considerate of others

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    Re: What do you think of Critical Mass?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    and I suppose I am ok with cars so long as they don't slow me down during rush hour...
    I hate slow cars too.

    Actually, I hate driving in general and want to get from point A to B asap so I can be out of the car.

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    Re: What do you think of Critical Mass?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I hate slow cars too.

    Actually, I hate driving in general and want to get from point A to B asap so I can be out of the car.
    They why do it in a car?
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    Re: What do you think of Critical Mass?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    They why do it in a car?
    Because I have a family that needs transportation and often there are distances beyond five miles involved with certain time constraints.

    Also, I hate biking even more (the area I live in has lots of hills and that = sucks for me because I hate biking up hills). Also, I do not want to be sweaty when I arrive at places where hygiene matters, such as church or work.
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    Re: What do you think of Critical Mass?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Because I have a family that needs transportation and often there are distances beyond five miles involved with certain time constraints.

    Also, I hate biking even more (the area I live in has lots of hills and that = sucks for me because I hate biking up hills). Also, I do not want to be sweaty when I arrive at places where hygiene matters, such as church or work.
    OK... I also take the family in the car and when I have to go long distances... I actually like biking up the hills because going down them is a rush... I did two cat 2 climbs in the mountains yesterday and coming down at 45-50 mph is an absolute rush... (my garmin had me maxing out at 52 mph on the second descent yesterday)
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    Re: What do you think of Critical Mass?

    Don't know much about them, but from what I read after reading the thread, and the videos I've seen, they look like dicks who are just trying to cause a scene. Trying to piss people off. Deliberately blocking traffic. Deliberately disobeying traffic laws. Deliberately causing accidents.

    **** them.

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    Re: What do you think of Critical Mass?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    YouTube - Vancouver Critical Mass - 2000 bikes

    Here is one of the more benign ones... No violence in this clip...

    YouTube - Car Runs over bicycle At Critical Mass ride

    This one was not so smooth... but the driver here was pretty over the top...
    Looks like a bunch of attention whores.

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    Re: What do you think of Critical Mass?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    however, some cyclists are also just dickheads.
    Yes, yes they are. I hate when they decide that they can go in between lanes at a red light but then when the light turns green they decide to go right in front of me. Nothing worse than getting stuck behind a bike. It's not that hard to just go to the side of the road to let a car pass when you're biking, I've done it plenty of times. If you can't ride close to a curb then you probably shouldn't be biking.

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    Re: What do you think of Critical Mass?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    OK... I also take the family in the car and when I have to go long distances... I actually like biking up the hills because going down them is a rush... I did two cat 2 climbs in the mountains yesterday and coming down at 45-50 mph is an absolute rush... (my garmin had me maxing out at 52 mph on the second descent yesterday)
    Thats cool, I only wish you had a bike lane you could use on whatever road you wish to use.

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    Re: What do you think of Critical Mass?

    Critical Mass strikes me as little more than a "legitimate" reason to be a jerk to other people, probably for no nobler a cause than to let off steam at complete strangers for some fundamental lack of control over their own lives. If they weren't doing it on bikes then they'd be driving too slow in the passing lane, farting on public elevators, exposing their genitalia to strangers or trolling internet forums.

    Creeps are creeps wherever they are.
    Last edited by Cardinal; 07-09-10 at 03:37 PM.

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    Re: What do you think of Critical Mass?

    I found this description from a Critical Mass website (I don't know if it's the Critical Mass website or not).

    First, it begins with the large boldface:

    Critical Mass is a monthly bicycle ride to celebrate cycling and to assert cyclists' right to the road.
    but then just a few sentences later it's followed by

    CM is intended to be a celebration, not an opportunity to cause trouble. Those who want to try to tie up traffic as much as possible and be confrontational with motorists are missing the point. We can assert our right to the road without being rude about it. Focus on the ride, not on the cars that also happen to be on the road.
    How they expect people to "assert cyclists' right to the road" without trying to tie up traffic or be confrontational with motorists is utterly beyond me. Maybe I'm missing a middle way here. Otherwise their objective seems naive at best or completely disingenuous at worst.

    The Critical Mass site | old list of ALL cm bike rides in the world
    Last edited by Cardinal; 07-09-10 at 03:47 PM.

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