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LAPD vs Critical Mass

Via Cyclelicio.us: Like several other Critical Mass rides around the nation tonight, the theme of tonight’s ride in Los Angeles was a protest against BP, specifically at a BP / Arco station at Robertson & Olympic in Los Angeles. The LAPD apparently knew of the protest ride and planned to disrupt this Critical Mass as the cycling protesters arrived at the gas station. About 1,000 people participated in the CM tonight in Los Angeles.

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6 Comments

  1. rebelMay 29, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    fuck the pigs and bp

  2. Richard MasonerMay 31, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Thanks for the linky love. Over the weekend video has popped up showing behavior reminding me of NYPD ex-officer Patrick Pogan’s assault on Christopher Long. Streetsblog LA also reported on it today.

  3. joeJune 2, 2010 at 12:23 am

    I don’t care much for the police BUT I’m totally behind the officer who kicked that idiot on his bike doing his little protest. I am so SICK of you bicyclists riding in the middle of the road not caring AT ALL that there is a car behind you like YOU are the only person on the planet AND you aholes who ride in tandem…..I love the video of the guy who drove in front of the rider and slammed on his brakes. I wish that were me hitting the brakes, nice job driver. Cyclists move the eff over or keep going through what you’re going through…your fight not ours. Cars are bigger than bikes you idiots THINK

  4. GinaJune 3, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    @ Joe,

    Cyclists are entitled to take up the entire lane in California. Get used to it.

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  6. graciela.June 17, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Joe’s comment is pretty much the entire problem. There are people who ride bikes and those who don’t. People that bike know that California law treats a bike as a vehicle and you are completely within your rights to take an entire lane if you feel you have to. It’s not doing something to be crazy or a jerk. If there is no bike lane and parked cars are all over the curb, there is no option but to take a lane and ride behind a car. Riding on the sidewalk is much more dangerous, from my experience.

    Something has to be done to better educate the info deprived motorist that a bike is okay to be in front of you in a lane. That you don’t have a right to run them off the road, intimidate them with force, or any other damn thing because the cyclist is not doing anything illegal. Are we slower than cars, yes, but how hard is it to just merge into another lane, pass the cyclist, and get back into the lane that you were in? It’s not rocket science. It’s what you’d do all the time if you were behind a slow car anyway.

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