...Who participates in the rides. As a cheerful character, I really want to promote a friendly vibe to encourage people to support or even join our cause. In light of recent events, I think we need to show the good natured side of the collection of folks who ride. Smile, ask people for their patience when they see critical mass so that our friends don't get hurt while demonstrating. Thank people for their patience and tell them how fun it is and they should join us on fridays at the various masses. I will be getting 'I brake for Critical Mass' bumper stickers made to get the word out that bicyclists need the common sense of motorists to survive much less be able to get our messages out about alternative transportation, fighting the oil war and global warming. Plenty of motorists i see when i ride in mass are supportive. We need to get them involved in spreading the word about sharing the road and bike safety. Thanks again to everyone who participates. You guys are heroes to me. Love, Nikki
Unsu...Thu, May 17, 2007 - 1:45 AMThanks for posting this, Nikki.
I really really love Oakland CM. I think that ride has the highest number of bicyclists joining spur of the moment when they see us passing by and the highest number of motorists who understand what we're doing and are okay with waiting five minutes for us to pass. The bumper stickers are a great idea for those guys. It's very interesting to talk to everyone who supports and/or participates and doesn't really know what the ride is for. There are also a few aggressive drivers but not as many as other places. I never really know what to do about them, usually I will just give them a big smile and wave but it probably pisses them off even more.