Monday, May 08, 2006

public space upheavels

we're posting this again here even though we already informed archinect of it, but it was worth a repeat.
"...critical mass is not an organization, it's an unorganized coincidence. It's a movement ... of bicycles, in the streets. Accordingly, this isn't the official Critical Mass web page, because there is no official Critical Mass web page. There are, however, a bunch of unofficial web pages."
a recent article: critical mess

...a few things about Denver: "One, policemen here are conservative, and two,
it's not a bike-friendly town. But I will say this: Critical Mass has grown
exponentially since the price of gas started going up."

he's right about that. in a city that claims to be a "bike friendly" city, there sure are a lot of motorists who would give a shit for anyone on less than 4 wheels.

one account from afriend nearly being run off the road by some jerry in a large suv: "asshole", shouts the jerry out his larger-than-his-ego-but-smaller-than-his-wife-size-window, then speeds to the next stoplight. afriend catches up to stopped suv at stoplight, opens the unlocked hatchback, and says: "asshole.." leaving jerry at the stoplight with an open rear-end. afriend pedals off in great laughter.

but seriously- what have we come to?

and we thought those canadians were just a bunch of nice beer loving people...

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