What a waste of money. MARTA already covers those locations and is little more than a block away.
As one of the participants of Critical Mass, I'll simply state that corking intersections is explicitly necessary for a ride of its size. I've been in large group rides where all the road laws are followed, and it results in circumstances where drivers are mixed inbetween bicycles, or have to wait at a light through several red-green cycles in order to get through, which agitates them even more. Corking, when done correctly, is quite frankly safer and less disruptive to traffic than the alternative. I'll note that not a single cyclist from Atlanta's mass has been injured from being hit by a car in the year since I've attended. The only two times I've seen a car strike a bicycle during Mass are from drivers knowingly and intentionally hitting a cyclist at low speeds to "make a point".
Also, the notion that Critical Mass only serves to piss people off is blatantly untrue. While there will always be people that take a negative view toward it, the vast majority of reactions I experience when on the ride are amused bewilderment, enjoyment, or praise. We encounter far more playful horn-honking from passing motorists, waving from car windows, and high-fives from bystanders and passing drivers than we do negative reactions. Even the drivers at corked intersections overwhelmingly wait patiently and understandingly for the minute it takes the ride to pass by.
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