Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Critical Mass bike ride -

Years ago when the ride and my bike were new I rode my bicycle in the Critical Mass bike ride.  I rode my bike to the ferry and took the ferry over to where we gathered and then rode along through the city and back home along the Golden Gate bridge.  It was lovely, civilized, supported, known.  We rode through red lights as the police held back the cars and waved us on through.  We bicyclists had priority over cars and pedestrians for a period of time one Friday a month.

Now, I read of an amazing altercation at Friday night's Critical Mass bike ride where a car is damaged to the tune of $5300.00, a rear window broken and children in the car terrorized and I have to wonder.  It is like someone hitting another person with a peace sign.  The idea is to be green and to have fun doing it.   This action may jeopardize the ride, a ride that has been going on since the early 90's.  I will say it happened at 9:00.  My recollection is that the ride started at 6, so this is a group who may have already begun to party, but when you represent a group, it is important to remember that you do.

What a sad statement about something that began as a way to make an important point.  Of course, I wish it meant we now had easier bicycling through the city and more bike paths.  As I attend meetings about too much traffic and see elaborate, expensive plans unveiled, I wonder why it is so hard to give us valid bike paths along the roads we travel.  The bike path from the junction near my house is almost unusable.  It is hardly safe to walk.  What if that were paved and expanded all the way to the beach?    What a concept that would be!!

Today I speak for peace and more walking and bike paths and less anger between groups.    There is surely room for all of us, walkers, bicyclists, horse people, and cars, too.

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