Last month only 3 tickets were handed out. More than I would like, but way better than a year ago. In August, one person who was ticketed seemed upbeat because he was warned by the police. (crossing the middle line and other somewhat petty stuff)
This month all seemed typical. I made it to the start just in time to see the mass
rolling out on Burnside. We must have been at NW Park and Davis when I noticed
a biker had the hilt of a sword sticking out of his backpack.
I jokingly razed him a little about all the weapons he was carrying.
(the blade plus 2 u-locks) Alas, I should have kept my mouth shut.
Sure enough the cops swoop in and next thing you know they are going
though his stuff. When I ask the cop why they are turning out every
pocket in his bag, they say "he consented to this search".
Nice. (Later on a friend would compare cops to vampires. "just never
invite them in..." no telling about wood stakes or garlic.)
The detainee calls me over and says he is not going anywhere, so could i
ghost ride his bike for him. I want to know why he is so calm. I
tell the cop that this looks like selective enforcement. He tells me I
should be thankful that they are letting me take the bike and bag. Also
that I should just turn around before he changes his mind (saying that
the stuff will end up in evidence for 30 days).
Totally rude, totally unnecessary, totally not "building a better
I thanked the cop that was willing to talk about the issue reasonably
and rode off with extra bike, bag, and another zoobomber, Frank, who
helped me own the street.
Later on about a dozen or so bikers ended up arriving at FREE GEEK for
some BBQ action. Thanks FREE GEEK!
Though i was not really able to pass them out, i did make flyers for
next month's mass (printed up just minuets before the mass started)
spread the word! costumes are required! if you show up without one we
will have to decorate you somehow.
Do you want to help promote human powered fun? email me your Halloween
parties! Critical Mass rolls on Friday, Oct 28th and we can bring the
mass to you! (if only for a few min to show off our sweet biker booties
ps cupcake told a story about how a cop who threatened him with a
ticket. Apparently cupcake's light was not quite bright enough to be
safe when traveling with 30 other bikers in a group. Then, just moments
later the cop fell off his bike and was half submerged in a massive
puddle. Cupcake said he felt that was his cue to exit.