WHEN EVERY STORY STARTS WITH
"WE WERE RUNNING FROM THE POLICE"
CRITICAL MASS WEEKEND!
for those about to ride. . . we salute you.
Crit Mass = friday; Bike Fetish + Banana Hammock party = saturday
STILL WE SPEAK!
A rally to support free speech and freedom of assembly
Friday, May 27, 6:00 p.m.
Union Square South, 14th St & Broadway, Manhattan
Come join us as we speak out against NYC's suppression of our rights to free speech and assembly. The NYPD continues to harass and arrest cyclists during group rides like Critical Mass and has recently revoked or denied permits for peaceful rallies, such as those of the anti-war demonstrators. Speakers include City Councilmember Gail Brewer, Civil Rights Attorney Norman Siegel and other distinguished speakers. Performers include Rude Mechanical Orchestra. For more information please visit
CRITICAL MASS (Manhattan)
Friday, May 27, 7 p.m.
Union Square North (or anywhere else)
Link up! Find other bikers and ride together for safety and strength. The most recent flier lists at least four starting spots. Choose one that appeals to you.
REVEREND BILLY TIME'S UP! FUNDRAISER SHOW and
Friday, May 27, 8:30 p.m.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
St. Mark's Church, Corner 10th St. & 2nd Ave.
$10+ (nobody turned away)
Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir will raise money for TIME'S UP!, which is being sued by the City. The show will include a re-enactment in cardboard of the fateful night of April 27th, when cyclists threw their bikes over the St. Mark's fence. There'll also be food, music, silent auction and free valet bike parking.
AFTER HOURS DANCE PARTY
Friday, May 27, midnight
Location to be announced at After Party
Dance to the best of the 80s at the Arrestees Release Party.
* see yesterdays post for info about saturday events.
* check out the rap sheet of Critical Mass-boogeyman, Assistant Chief Bruce H. Smolka, Jr. brought to you in abreviated version by Indymedia.
* even more pro-bike stuff brought to you by Transportation Alternatives:
Radically Reeducate Errant Motorists
It happens all the time: A car door flings open directly in front of you. A motorist grazes your arm hair as he speeds past you. A truck driver double parks, blocks the bike lane and forces you to veer into traffic.
What do you do in these situations? Seethe? Shout? Rap your hand on their hood?
Now you have an alternative: serve the errant motorist with a take-home lecture on cyclists' rights.
This brilliant card, conceived and designed by Matthew Willse of theCoup, cites key laws and stats that prove to motorists that you have a legal and a moral right to a safe riding environment. While these cards will not improve safety as much as say, widespread traffic calming and speed cameras, they will help save your sanity in traffic, and if enough get distributed, will raise much needed awareness about cyclists' rights.
Download copies today or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a batch of 12 cards mailed directly to you.
* and as said on The Stencil. . . "meathead breathes fire." i have such frat-boy humor sometimes.
about time i posted some This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb for Critical Mass. i miss the days of blasting this out of my bike boom box. but nowadays you gotta keep your head down, hood up, feet on the pedals. . . and don't stop for nobody (except little old ladies, they most likely aren't cops). monday's post should be pretty nuts.
• This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb - This Is What I Want
• This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb - The Argument
buy music, especially independent.