Saturday, August 28, 2004

NEW YORK (CNN) -- In the first major clampdown on protesters before the Republican National Convention, New York police arrested more than 250 bicyclists Friday night during a mass demonstration.
About 5,000 cyclists gathered in Union Square Park at 6 p.m. for "Critical Mass," a monthly bike ride around Manhattan, sponsored by environmental group "Times Up!"
Police started making arrests at around 8:30 p.m. in several locations along the bike route, including Madison Square Garden -- the venue for the Republican National Convention.
The cyclists caused "massive disruptions including of people trying to get to the hospital and so we took appropriate action," said NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Public Information, Paul Browne.
Cyclists said the bike ride was peaceful and the police acted unreasonably.
"It was a very peaceful, friendly occasion, like a parade," said one of the cyclists, Ellie Maxwell.
"Everyone was riding along when police suddenly penned us in and started picking people off," Maxwell said. "The police actually caused more disruptions than the cyclists because they blocked off roads -- at one point for as long as an hour and a half -- whereas the cyclists were always moving."
Most of those arrested were taken for processing to Pier 57 and will be charged with disorderly conduct, an NYPD spokesman said.
The three-story, block-long pier has been converted to a holding pen especially for those protesting the convention so that city precincts will not be overrun by waves of arrests.
The pier can hold 1,000 people and will remain in operation until the end of the U.S. Tennis Open.
Police distributed flyers at the start of the ride in Union Square warning that anyone breaking traffic laws could be subject to arrest.
The monthly bike ride drew thousands more than usual due to the number of people who wanted to protest against the convention.
"Critical Mass" takes place on the last Friday of every month to promote the interests of bicyclists.
According to its Web site, "Critical Mass's aim is to make people take notice of cyclists as road users."
"Although some obstruction of 'normal' traffic occurs," says the Web site, "we are only seeking to raise the profile of cycling, and put cycling and transport issues on the agenda so that they will not be ignored."
An estimated 250,000 protesters are expected to march from Union Square on Sunday past Madison Square Garden
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd have to say that many people in a critical mass would be a fun thing to get involved in.

I wish Lincoln's organizers for our Critical Mass's here were like that, but they are not. We have two many dip shits that make a sceen or fuck with traffic. They are out there to piss people off. If everyone who got involved in a critical mass here just road around downtown normally it would get it's point accross just the same.
"WOW, martha, there sure are a lot of bikes out around downtown" not "fucking assholes are just out here to fuck up traffic".

I've seen people weave into oncoming traffic, yell at cars, and do lots of stupid shit just for attention, and the wrong kind of attention during the lincoln crititcal mass's

When you get on that bike, be it a huffy, a ss, a fixxed gear, road bike, trike, or downhill machine. To everyone else on the planet that doesn't ride a bike, you are Lance Armstrong to them. There is no difference. You are the sport. Everytime you get on that bike you are a representative of our sport. from the glue man riding down the street to the olympic track sprinters, we're all cyclist and everyone will sees us as the same, we all need to act the part.
ding your bell and smile at people, don't be afraid to slow down and say hello to the people you pass on the bike trail. And for goodness sake, if you see someone riding there bike on the sidewalk downtown, tell them to get the fuck off it and walk like the rest of us do. They are just making you look just as bad.

Dave Avril told me this, and now I live by it.
"when you get on that bike, there is no differnce between you and Lance Armstrong in the rest of the worlds eye's, act the part" he said.

(I personaly like to get in front of the folks riding there bikes on the sidewalk and try to get them to hit me, then I have this same little talk with them, usualy I get a big fuck you and get out of my way. one of these times some guys is gonna really piss me off doing that and fuck with me, and i'm gonna quickly turn all his barrle adjusters and send him to the bike shop cuz his bike don't shift right.)
So for all you wrenches reading this, if someone ever brings there bike in and says "this skinny asshole downtown jumped in front of me and yelled at me, then the fucker moved something and now my shit don't work, smile, cuz he know's me.

August 28, 2004 at 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Signs of times to come. Let the people be heard.

August 28, 2004 at 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cnn says the police infiltrated the protestors organization through websites and chat rooms

August 28, 2004 at 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(4-12) N.Y.C. Traffic Rules and Regulations: states that cyclist must not ride more than two abreast on city streets.

That is probably the first violation.

They should have gotten a parade permit, or pay off some people to get the laws changed.

I'm not saying it isn't messed up that a bunch of cops are out arresting cyclist while there are about a million other things they could be doing in the city so that spiderman isn't so busy all the time, but when cyclist do these things they have to know what they are getting into.

I don't have a problem with anarchy, but if you want people to respect cyclist and have conscious, courteous recognition of cyclist in traffic then going through the appropriate channels are necessary. (example; getting a section into the manuel for driving that outlines how cyclists are part of the transportation system just like buses, trains, etc. and how they are to follow certain rules and that they are oblidged the same courteousy as any other car on the road)

By working outside of the system and by not obeying traffic rules and regulations you are an outlaw cyclist. When you are an outlaw you don't give a care what the system does or thinks. (i.e. more freedom, but more consequences)

If the authorities are monitoring this contribution to this fine blog, they can bite my ass!

Hugs and Kisses,

August 28, 2004 at 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and don't get me wrong, I'm a total hipocrite at times, I've run my occasional red light, and i'm sure riding the curb like a balance beam down O street isn't prbably leagle, and doing the rickshaw downtown, I totaly took some libertys.

But I'm trying man, I'm really trying now adays..

It's a lot easier to obey those cycling morals I preached about when your out golfin....

It's a lot harder to obey those morals when It's downhill, tailwind and that stop sign is getting a lot closer, and you know, you know it gonna be CLEAR! and you can just fly through. Or trying to dust all the lights down 14th from the capital to campus, It can be kinda close hittin that q st light, escpcialy with traffic, (and you all know what i'm talking about)

and we don't even want to start to talk about all the shit we do when we're out freeriding downtown. that's just asking to get arrested sometimes. heh heh.

do as i say not as i do.,
i gotta go

August 29, 2004 at 1:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That other Scott says:

I thought only cars were allowed to cause traffic jams in NYC?

I personally have more trouble with the light on P. Got go like a bat outta hell from O to get through that one.

August 30, 2004 at 6:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you break the law, you had better be ready to deal with the consequences. If these protesters start to complain they should think about that. However, whining is what Liberals are best at so you might as well just let them do it! Fuckn' Socialists.

August 31, 2004 at 10:51 AM  

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