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(Sun Sentinel)   "Critical Mass" bike rides, which feature scores of bicyclists crowding the streets to demand the right to make people late for work and school, might be dangerous   ( sun-sentinel.com) divider line
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2014-06-07 10:44:26 AM  
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Keep Corkin'
 
2014-06-07 11:41:38 AM  
If someone wants to see what a real bike night looks like come to Denver on a Wednesday and take the ride. There is drinking, smoking and good natured menacing ending in a new location for a party every week.
 
2014-06-07 11:48:14 AM  
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2014-06-07 01:07:33 PM  
Sometimes it requires taking something away in its entirety in order to teach someone how to share it in the first place.
 
2014-06-07 01:13:03 PM  
These guys give bike riders a bad name. That awesome video of the bikers getting mowed down is a good example.
 
2014-06-07 01:14:09 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Sometimes it requires taking something away in its entirety in order to teach someone how to share it in the first place.


That's true.

\ban MF'ing cyclists from automotive roadways
\\learn to share, asshats. GTFO the road unless you can maintain the posted speed limit
 
2014-06-07 01:16:31 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Sometimes it requires taking something away in its entirety in order to teach someone how to share it in the first place.


Works for me.  Ban bicycles on roads until they learn.

Then, assume they'll never learn because they're bicyclists and bicyclists are retarded.
 
2014-06-07 01:16:40 PM  
Couldn't they just ride around the airport? There's plenty of room on the runways.
 
2014-06-07 01:18:35 PM  
These asshats are the pedaling equivalent of the open-carry twits.
 
2014-06-07 01:22:38 PM  

Badmoodman: These asshats are the pedaling equivalent of the open-carry twits.


I'm torn on these folks. Sure, they have a right to the road but it just seems so...archaic. Like some kind of blue law. *shrug*
 
2014-06-07 01:24:52 PM  
It's not a party til a group of them is circling a van full of crying children as they smash off the side mirrors and pound on the windows.
 
2014-06-07 01:25:52 PM  
It was not apparent what the cyclist did wrong.   The group was orderly and left a whole lane open for traffic.
 
2014-06-07 01:26:19 PM  
Well, can I ride my bike on the side streets, master?
 
2014-06-07 01:27:56 PM  
for years these guys were at war with the NYPD. They would do it at rush hour on fridays during the summer, and just completely gridlock manhattan. every god damn month. It eventually escalated to cartoon level proportions, where the NYPD tricked them into going down a street one afternoon, and then threw a giant net over them.

It was something out of scoobie doo.
 
2014-06-07 01:33:12 PM  
We've seen a tremendous drop in the number of Mass rides clogging the mutherfarkin' highways (where they do NOT have any right to be) ever since Vera Katz left office.

It's glorious.  Getting into and out of downtown is so much easier these days.

/have no problem with cyclists
//but fark you Mass riders to hell
///and no, you aren't "bikers"
 
2014-06-07 01:33:24 PM  
This would solve the problem.
m2.i.pbase.com
 
2014-06-07 01:33:42 PM  
These rides don't cause me to be late for anything.

Ever.

Not a masshole.

I did appreciate that the author of the article saw fit to include a list of rides and times at the end of the article.
 
2014-06-07 01:36:49 PM  
Damn massholes. Saw a bunch as they went through the city I live in once. They broke every rule of the road they could. Only thing they didnt do was ride in the opposing lane of traffic, only bit  of sense they had. I wish they would do it properly, two abreast, and following the rules. They'd still cause traffic jams getting their message out but drivers would be more understanding than being riled up by jerk offs circling intersections.
 
2014-06-07 01:40:21 PM  
Critical Mass:  The Al Queda of bicycling.
 
2014-06-07 01:40:25 PM  

TwowheelinTim: These rides don't cause me to be late for anything.

Ever.

Not a masshole.

I did appreciate that the author of the article saw fit to include a list of rides and times at the end of the article.


Is that because you have no particular thing for which you have to be punctual?
 
2014-06-07 01:40:48 PM  
I think they should let em on freeways. We have a surplus of them and getting some of the squirrelier ones killed wouldnt hurt anything.
 
2014-06-07 01:40:56 PM  
^^^ WORTH IT
 
2014-06-07 01:41:48 PM  
Oooh, another bike thread...

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2014-06-07 01:46:59 PM  

TwowheelinTim: ... I did appreciate that the author of the article saw fit to include a list of rides and times at the end of the article.


Well yeah.  How else will I know which road to be driving down at what time so I can be held up by these assholes who are out looking for trouble?
 
2014-06-07 01:47:02 PM  
naked bicyclists in portland is another odd one. I can't image it's comfortable to have the seat pinch your junk that way.

/Maybe its better for the females?
 
2014-06-07 01:51:31 PM  
These farkwits piss me right the hell the hell off.  I work at the airport in San Diego as a shuttle driver, and these Critical Mass jackoffs make a big night of riding through the airport terminals on the last Friday night of the month, purposely during the busiest time of the night, causing all kinds of traffic problems, not to mention safety issues for drivers and pedestrians.  The cops here actually escort them along, stop at the entrance of the first terminal, and let them in.  Safety...bullshiat.

I have friends that are bike riders that are constantly biatching about cars not watching out for them.  I keep telling them I see more bike riders placing themselves in danger than cars running into them.  Bike riders run lights, ride on the sidewalk, don't look when they ride out in traffic, then honk at me when I pass them while they are riding 3-4 across on a busy street.

Never wish anyone to be turned into road pizza, but damn if I haven't had the thought cross my mind at times...
 
2014-06-07 01:51:49 PM  

Schmerd1948: Well, can I ride my bike on the side streets, master?


If you can stay off the sidewalks, perhaps, but you'll still have to yield to pedestrians and obey the signs.
 
2014-06-07 01:52:50 PM  
ifky

This would solve the problem.

While fertilizing and mulching the roadside landscaping.

It's win-win!
 
2014-06-07 01:53:45 PM  
More complete streets.
 
2014-06-07 01:56:17 PM  
An occasion like that calls for even more fun.  Folks should line up on either side of their route, and hurl stout wooden poles, like javelins, through their front wheels, as they go by.  You get somebody to go over their handle bars, you win a free shot of your choice.  Simply tear up their spokes, a free beer.  Oh, what a festive time it would be!
 
2014-06-07 01:56:29 PM  
The worst is encountering a group of bicycles on a hilly two-lane country road. You can't get around them safely and half the time you don't even see them until you come over a hill and nearly hit one. I don't speed on those roads, visibility is just bad.
 
2014-06-07 01:59:57 PM  

Cataholic: TwowheelinTim: These rides don't cause me to be late for anything.

Ever.

Not a masshole.

I did appreciate that the author of the article saw fit to include a list of rides and times at the end of the article.

Is that because you have no particular thing for which you have to be punctual?


No. It's because I ride my bicycle too. I plan on averaging ten mph, and factor in extra time in case I get a flat tire.

Proper prior planning prevents piss poor performance.

You sound envious.
 
2014-06-07 02:00:21 PM  

LZeitgeist: AverageAmericanGuy: Sometimes it requires taking something away in its entirety in order to teach someone how to share it in the first place.

That's true.

\ban MF'ing cyclists from automotive roadways
\\learn to share, asshats. GTFO the road unless you can maintain the posted speed limit


Wish to subscribe to your newsletter...
 
2014-06-07 02:00:55 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Sometimes it requires taking something away in its entirety in order to teach someone how to share it in the first place.


If I go obscenely slow in my car I get pulled over for obstructing the flow of traffic. Hold cyclists to the same standard
 
2014-06-07 02:01:11 PM  

eurotrader: If someone wants to see what a real bike night looks like come to Denver on a Wednesday and take the ride. There is drinking, smoking and good natured menacing ending in a new location for a party every week.


That caught me by surprise one night as I was walking around the 16th street mall. I came to an intersection and was like "hey, a couple bike... oh, a few mo- oh shiat!" It took two lights for all of them. Kinda want to get a bike and join in next time I have the opportunity.
 
2014-06-07 02:01:14 PM  
 With all the Berghazi threads I forgot about Fark's go-to green: The entirely predictable bicycle thread pitting driver against cyclist!

 /commuter motorcyclist, so I hate each of you
//the important thing is that I've found a way to feel superior to you both

\ah say that's a joke, son
 
2014-06-07 02:01:21 PM  

Cataholic: TwowheelinTim: These rides don't cause me to be late for anything.

Ever.

Not a masshole.

I did appreciate that the author of the article saw fit to include a list of rides and times at the end of the article.

Is that because you have no particular thing for which you have to be punctual?


No, It's because he lives in Humboldt County, CA, pop. 128,000. The largest metropolitan area boasts 45,000 people and 52,000 dairy cows.
 
2014-06-07 02:06:55 PM  

ThighsofGlory: Cataholic: TwowheelinTim: These rides don't cause me to be late for anything.

Ever.

Not a masshole.

I did appreciate that the author of the article saw fit to include a list of rides and times at the end of the article.

Is that because you have no particular thing for which you have to be punctual?

No, It's because he lives in Humboldt County, CA, pop. 128,000. The largest metropolitan area boasts 45,000 people and 52,000 dairy cows.


Yeah, that helps too. But when I lived in Ess Eff it never slowed me down either. That is where these rides started.
 
2014-06-07 02:07:26 PM  

Badmoodman: These asshats are the pedaling equivalent of the open-carry twits.


THIS

/cyclist
 
2014-06-07 02:07:38 PM  
If cities and people were serious about solving this, suck it up and pay the money to create no BS bike lanes all over the cities.  Do it everywhere.  Then force the bikers to stay in the damn bike lanes where they belong or face Judge Dredd.  But the right wing people don't want to spend the money because Big Gubment.  And the left wing people take the "we-should-all-share-and-be-happy-together" attitude and nothing ever changes.
 
2014-06-07 02:08:33 PM  
I've only known one person who took part in these Critical Mass bike rides, and he flat-out told me that he was doing it to be a dick. He didn't care about any of the "issues."
 
2014-06-07 02:08:44 PM  

Mentalpatient87: eurotrader: If someone wants to see what a real bike night looks like come to Denver on a Wednesday and take the ride. There is drinking, smoking and good natured menacing ending in a new location for a party every week.

That caught me by surprise one night as I was walking around the 16th street mall. I came to an intersection and was like "hey, a couple bike... oh, a few mo- oh shiat!" It took two lights for all of them. Kinda want to get a bike and join in next time I have the opportunity.


You can rent a bike for a day at on of the bike stations and join in. Just do not try the circle of death after a few. Load the app and you will know where to go. They have had pretty good music and free goodies at the final location. Best part it is really all adult ages. I have seen a bunch of 20 something all the way up to the 60s
 
2014-06-07 02:09:26 PM  

Cataholic: Is that because you have no particular thing for which you have to be punctual?


Some of us actually know how to plan ahead.
 
2014-06-07 02:11:43 PM  

LZeitgeist: \ban MF'ing cyclists from automotive roadways


I'd argue that cyclists should be prohibited from arterial roads unless there is a proper shoulder.  Otherwise, stick to the back streets.

Having said that, there are a lot of suburban and rural arterial roads without a proper shoulder.  Pedestrians have a hard time walking them, bikes have to travel in-lane, and if you need to pull off to the side for some reason, there is a good chance you'll end up half-way in a ditch or will be blocked by vegetation.

In the city, the shoulders are being used for parking, if there are shoulders at all (often times, you have a sidewalk immediately adjacent to the curb lane).  You might be able to restripe the road to add in a bike lane, but you're more often farked unless you want to cut into the sidewalks.
 
2014-06-07 02:13:46 PM  
So - evidently the police officer interviewed hasn't realized that someone flipping him off is considered protected free expression by the courts?
 
2014-06-07 02:16:19 PM  
As a bicyclist, I get far more grief from motorcyclists than I do from cars.

Motorcycle riders are aggressive and stupid.
 
2014-06-07 02:18:02 PM  

Dinjiin: LZeitgeist: \ban MF'ing cyclists from automotive roadways

I'd argue that cyclists should be prohibited from arterial roads unless there is a proper shoulder.  Otherwise, stick to the back streets.

Having said that, there are a lot of suburban and rural arterial roads without a proper shoulder.  Pedestrians have a hard time walking them, bikes have to travel in-lane, and if you need to pull off to the side for some reason, there is a good chance you'll end up half-way in a ditch or will be blocked by vegetation.

In the city, the shoulders are being used for parking, if there are shoulders at all (often times, you have a sidewalk immediately adjacent to the curb lane).  You might be able to restripe the road to add in a bike lane, but you're more often farked unless you want to cut into the sidewalks.


Right, because the back streets and bike ways go EVERYWHERE I need to go.

Do you not realize people actually use bicycles for their daily transportation needs, or do you not give a damn?

Get over it.

Share the road.
 
2014-06-07 02:21:02 PM  
I know I can rent a bike, but I want my own. Too bad Craigslist is full of 3-400 dollar fixies. I just want a cheap ass couple of wheels.
 
2014-06-07 02:25:54 PM  
Right on subby. Why don't the road lice learn how to stop at lights and stay to the side of the road. Oh that's right it's because they are just plain old selfish. I wouldn't act like that in a car or on a bike,  I'm aware of the presence of other people in the world.
 
2014-06-07 02:26:59 PM  

Mentalpatient87: I know I can rent a bike, but I want my own. Too bad Craigslist is full of 3-400 dollar fixies. I just want a cheap ass couple of wheels.


One part they do not have here yet is people walking down the street saying fiets fiets for 20 euros and spending more on a lock than the bike. I do miss that city except the lack of sun and a winter that just drags.
 
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