Doesn't it? No. No. It is. You think correctly. Most people are.myfun said:Looks like a fun event for the people cycling. Are the roads closed off for this? Is it sanctioned with local Law Enforcement? Just seems to be very wreckless with some of the cyclist taking over the entire roadway and going in between cars. It might seem like I'm just being an old fart but seriously, I don't think this sends a positive message to the general public about the cycling community. I'd be a little perturbed if I was sitting at the light and that many bikes came flying by that close in the wrong direction on both sides of my car.
From what I could tell from attending my first ride and seeing previous video's they're normally very tame and the only people they bother are people who would be bothered by every little stoppage in there day anyways. Also, whomever started this was very smart for starting all the rides in downtown on Friday evenings because sadly the place is a ghost town which is great for the event because we're not causing or adding to any major congestion anywhere riding through an empty city at 7-9pm at night.For the most part Miami Critical Mass has been very tame, there's been little to no altercations aside from the occasional tap on the horn from an impatient motorist. I can honestly say the majority of people honking are cheering us on, same goes with pedestrians hollering from the sidewalks, I believe the mere sight of an abundance of bicycles on the streets of Miami excites them, it's a beautiful thing. On the contrary, the sight of motorists cooped up in steel boxes, isolating themselves from their surroundings while reducing the quality of air.. not so appealing, eh?
I pose a question to those who don't like the idea of corking and/or just share a common disdain for Critical Mass in general. Have you ever considered how much traffic a really large group of cyclists could back up if they didn't cork intersections? I'm estimating they can possibly back traffic up for close to an hour in some areas, not just 4-5 minutes as they presently do. That is, obeying all traffic laws, riding two abreast, stopping at red lights, no corking etc. Chew on that for a bit.