As I posted earlier on the previous CM thread, I think flyering the cops pre-ride w/ relevant legal info is a great idea, even if it is only an amusing propaganda exercise. Maybe someone could film it for the presumably humorous, robotic police reactions.
A few other thoughts...
1. Flyers for people in cars and on the sidewalks as we ride w/ info not only about CM and what it is, but about the cost and absurdity of the police presence they're witnessing. (Perhaps someone more familiar with police activity could make a $ estimate, or something). During the last ride (as many of you know) there were bicycle cops, motorcycle cops, squad cars (marked and unmarked), the van/paddywagon that followed us around at the back of the ride, and god knows what other resources wasted on this absurd ongoing crackdown on CM. Court costs for bogus citations and court cases where officers don't show, etc.
2. It's a level of organization that might be new to Portland CM, but perhaps it would be worth trying: a handful of people who own/have access to cell phones volunteering to coordinate re-grouping sites when the ride gets split up. I've heard that NYC and maybe some other rides have done this due to the number of riders and police.
3. Because of police intolerance of corking reds, I think that we should try to stick to major streets with longer stretches between lights (and preferably without bike lanes) - sections of SW Front, Hawthorne, Belmont, Division, Powell, East and West Burnside, MLK, Grand, NE Broadway, Fremont, Alberta, etc.
Also, do any lawyer types out there know about selective enforcement of laws? One thing that really blew my mind was the PPB motorcyle gang forcing riders to stay in one half of the ridiculously narrow streets in residential SE.... ever seen them do that to a car? No, it's physically impossible.
Please post here with thoughts, ideas, rants, raves, etc.