Posted by Share the Road, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Aug 3, 2012 at 10:48 am
Critical Mass, do ya think!? See what happens on the last Friday of this month! Cork It!! Bikers need to obey all traffic laws if they expect a piece of the road. Try driving through Sausalito on the week ends. And this, right out of Wikipedia:
Main article: Conflicts involving Critical Mass
Critical Mass rides have generated controversy and public opposition. Some critics claim that Critical Mass is a deliberate attempt to obstruct traffic and disrupt normal city functions, asserting that individuals taking part refuse to obey traffic laws. Altercations with police and motorists have occurred. Although uncommon, protesters are sometimes present at Critical Mass events to oppose the group's methods.
On 27 July 2012 the London Critical Mass event was kettled by police when it disobeyed police stipulations to remain south of the river and approached the Olympic stadium. 182 arrests were made.
Some bicycling advocacy groups have expressed concern that the nature of Critical Mass and altercations with motorists could weaken public support for bicyclists. Though it does not condone incidents of violence and rudeness, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition credits Critical Mass with spotlighting bicycle issues and aiding their efforts in advocating for cyclists.