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gray, wet and rolling

Wow! One of the grayest days i can remember, a constant drizzle to keep
the air fresh... perfect weather for a bike ride!
Hallo Mass!
Hallo Mass!
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
and costumes.

Thanks much,

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.

homepage: homepage: http://www.rosecitycriticalmass.org/

next on the CM chopping block: London! 03.Oct.2005 14:48


Police officers of the Public Order Branch at New Scotland Yard were in
attendance in force at last nights Critical Mass event in central London,
distributing the message below to all participants. I asked an officer
what this means in practice and was told that the next two Critical Mass
events would probably be tolerated, but thereafter would be considered
unlawful unless the required changes had been made, with participants
subject to arrest and prosecution.

It struck some of us that this was only a demonstration in the polices
eyes. To us, its just a lot of cyclists moving together around London,
usually ending at a pub in the
Theobalds Road. Would the police characterise tailbacks on the A40
Westway into town as a demonstration just because there are a lot of
cars moving together into London to go to the theatre, parties, bars etc.?

Notice also the unconscious interchange between procession
and demonstration in the text.

Andy Storey


Metropolitan Police Service
CO11 Public Order Branch
New Scotland Yard
London SW1H 0BG

Re: Critical Mass Cycle Demonstrations

Organisers of public processions are required by law to notify police at
least six days before the event occurs of the date, time, proposed route
and name and address of an organiser. Failure to do so makes the event

Demonstrations within a designated area around Parliament must also be
notified, and anyone taking part in an unauthorised demonstration commits
an offence.

Police can impose conditions on processions, demonstrations and other
assemblies, and participants render themselves liable to arrest if they
fail to comply with those conditions.

These cycle protests are not lawful because no organiser has provided
police with the necessary notification. Your participation in this event
could render you liable to arrest and prosecution. Police policy in
facilitating these arrests is currently under review.

If you intend to organise a future similar event please refer to the
Metropolitan Police website, www.met.police.uk for details. It is
preferable for all parties if a lawful event can be safely facilitated,
rather than the Police having to enforce legislation.

Superintendent Gomm,

New Scotland Yard

sword bearer 04.Oct.2005 19:02


Hello everybody, you may have read about me I was the one with the sword. My time in holding was short, about four
hours, with cable and a bag lunch. The reason I had it was I was going to dress up for the mass and it was part of my costume. The officer who originally questioned me about it said he would have let me go if his sergeant hadn't made a big deal of it. So now I get to go to court. The really funny thing is I just recieved jury summons for the same day. I wonder if they will let me out of it.