After the VPD’s announcement requesting motorists avoid downtown tonight because of the Critical Mass ride, I was explaining to a friend who’s been out of the country for the past decade or so what exactly Critical Mass is.
I am not a fan of Critical Mass as it currently stands, and while looking up the original origins of what’s become an excuse for a large-scale act of civil disobedience, I found another, small event called “Critical Manners.”
Originating in San Fransisco in 2007 as a response to their own “Critical Mess,” Critical Manners consists of nothing more than a small group of cyclists who ride together, following all the rules of the road.
I thought it seemed nice! Why not do it here? So I tweeted, and suggested a date.
And holy hell the response was phenomenal! Seems a lot of cycling Vancouverites feel the same way I do, and before you know it there were re-tweets and requests to help coming out the ying-yang.
Within 48 hours of taking a few minutes to set up a twitter account, website and email address, I’ve been on the radio, and the site has had over 300 page-views.
I’m overwhelmed and mostly amazed.
So, uh… if you’d like to join our friendly, law-abiding bike ride on August 14th at 6:00pm, go check out the Critical Manners Vancouver website.
Hope to see you there, and thanks!