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Critical Mass is a bicycling event typically held on the last Friday of every month in over 300 cities around the world. The ride was originally founded in 1992 in San Francisco. The purpose of Critical Mass is not usually formalized beyond the direct action of meeting at a set location and time and traveling as a group through city or town streets on bikes, although for some bigger scale events like the one in Budapest, Hungary, there is an activist group formed around it, organizing the rides and communicating the desires and problems of the cyclists to the city council.
Brazilian police have been questioning a man accused of driving his car at high speed through a crowd of cyclists, injuring at least 12 of them. Video of the incident in the southern city of Porto Alegre shows bikes and riders flying through the air as other cyclists scream in panic. The driver said he accelerated because cyclists were banging on his car and he feared he would be attacked. The cyclists were holding a regular event to promote the use of bikes. The incident happened on Friday evening but came to national prominence in Brazil on Monday when television networks began broadcasting amateur footage that had been posted on the internet. No-one was killed and the injured have all been released from hospital. The driver, Ricardo Neis, 47, fled the scene of the incident but was brought in for questioning after his abandoned car was found. Police said he could face a charge of attempted homicide. Cyclists in the demonstration said no riders had threatened the motorist. The riders were part of a movement known as Critical Mass, which holds mass bike rides in cities around the world to demand more respect for cyclists and is sometimes accused of deliberately blocking traffic.
Police found the car abandoned the next day and have identified the driver, according to reports. The city's police chief partly blamed the riders because the hadn't arranged a permit for the ride. "This is no Libya," said the chief, Gilberto Almeida Montenegro. "Here we have complete freedom to protest, as long as you tell authorities. Do your protest, but don't interfere in the flow of automobiles. If you interfere, there will be confusion, chaos and accident."
Originally posted by freedish
reply to post by tigermoff
Roads are designed for cars, not bikes. This was bound to happen eventually... I can't tell you how annoying it is every time I have to slow to 10 mph behind a group of bikers.edit on 2-3-2011 by freedish because: (no reason given)
A picture of a fat sweaty bloke driving a SUV comes to mind after you made that comment.
Bikers have as much right to be on the road as everybody else, roads are not just designed for cars.
If people chose to travel by means that don't harm the enviroment and use fuel that takes our country into wars for, TOUGH live with it.
Demostrations like this are needed to highlight ignorance such as yours.