Saturday, December 08, 2007

Night cyclists building community

At the opposite end of the social spectrum from the anarchistic Critical Mass is a Los Angeles amalgam called Midnight Ridazz. While they share a CM goal of showing that bikes are traffic just as cars are, their method and cohesion set them apart.
In addition to wanting to keep Ridazz events free-spirited, [founder Kim] Jensen and company wanted them to be fun. So, in diametrical distinction to the politically charged but leaderless Critical Mass, Jensen set the precedent of promoting festively themed outings late Friday nights, when auto traffic is svelte and mellow, along routes mapped out ahead of time to avoid narrow streets, freeway exits and left turns.
Read past the impressionistic setup in the Los Angeles Times for a thoughtful study of this phenomenon.

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