I have just got an email from the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition email
listserv about a Peace Action Bicycle Ride from Boston to Lexington and
What is nice about this is that it is fully law abiding, it's on a Saturday
afternoon, and it kid/family friendly. It is a fully permitted ride, in some
areas, even getting a police escort.
The folks who are putting this on are stressing that it is a fully permitted,
law abiding, and non-confrontational ride. At most, they will take one lane
of traffic; but will be riding single file or in twos or threes most of the
time. Part of the trip, they will be using a bicycle path. They are also
making a point that this will be a family event, being sure to encourage
families and children to take part.
The ride will start in downtown Boston and proceed through several suburbs
until it reaches Lexington; with several rest stops. The total distance will
be close to 35 miles, but it will be at a slow pace, obeying all stop signs
and traffic lights and ensuring that children and slow riders are not left
What is nice about this is that is will show a positive message for peace.
There will be no 'corking' or any of the other things that I have been hearing
happening here with some of the PDX critical mass rides.
What I would like to suggest is that perhaps we should re-focus our rides to
be more like what they are doing in Boston.
I feel that what they are doing is still getting the message out, but without
the confrontation and antagonizing those who have to be driving in their
cars at the time the ride is going on.
One of the things that prompted me to write this is that I just recently
had a conversation with a friend of mine who was in his car in downtown
and was stopped because some of the critical mass riders had blocked one
of the intersections leading to the Burnside Bridge. While he was stopped,
one of the bicyclists had leaned in his drivers' window and started yelling
obscenities and spitting on him and his companion. I have to assume that this
is true; I personally know this person and trust what he says.
This is inexcusible. I am almost embarrased that I get around by bicycle.
If this person was not a close friend of mine, I don't know if I would
admit to him that I get around by bicycle.
Peace, Safe Riding, and all
Mrs. Clear Plastic