I don't really think they even approach making their point. Unless it's to piss off cars.kiwisimon said:CM need to learn some PR skills. They have a point to make but pissed off drivers aren't going to listen.
The core message may be good, but it is a complete failure because it does not get the message across. All it does is make drivers hate cyclist.BikeGeek said:The message is of CM is good. The idiots with a chip on thier shoulders at these rides are not the people that should be ambassadors of the sport.
BikeGeek said:The message is of CM is good. The idiots with a chip on thier shoulders at these rides are not the people that should be ambassadors of the sport.
And yet, the fact remains that, if the CM riders weren't jackasses and rode curteously, then this wouldn't have happened.CoffeeBean2 said:Not that I'm trying to defend Critical Mass, but we should remember there are 2 sides to every story.
Evidently, the driver in question was trying to pull out from a parking space (sounds like he was parallel parked) as the CM ride was going by. It seems some of the CM riders were "corking" - blocking drivers to allow the rest of the CM riders to go by. In this case, the driver allegedly lost his patience as he and his girlfriend had reservations.
As the driver attempted to continue to back out of his parking space, he ended up being perpendicular to his original line of direction and backed up onto the sidewalk. At this point, several people told him to stop, including his girlfriend. He then proceeded to accelerate and plowed into the line of cyclists originally blocking him, injuring at least one. He then continued to accelerate towards the larger group of cyclists before turning.
When the driver stopped at a stop sign, a group of cyclists again surrounded the car, slashed the tires and broke the windows to prevent the driver from driving off.
Again, I'm not trying to defend CM, but I'd thought I'd point out the other side of the story.