Friday, July 11, 2008

Courteous Mass -- not "Critical" -- ride is tonight

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 6:53 PM

After the last Critical Mass ride in which Atlanta cops cracked down on the cyclists for traveling in a pack and disrupting traffic, velocipede enthusiasts will hold a Courteous Mass tonight at 6:30 p.m. Participants are urged to meet at Woodruff Park like before around 6 p.m.

During Courteous Mass, participating cyclists are expected to follow all rules of the road and stop at traffic lights.

From local blogger and rocket scientist Shelbinator, whose video of the police presence generated more than 123,000 views on CNN's iReport, come the details:

Courteous Mass Bicycle Ride

Friday, July 11

Meet @ 6:00 PM

Woodruff Park

Leave @ 6:30 PM

This ride is different from Critical Mass in that it will follow a planned route and follow state traffic laws. It is intended to demonstrate support for better bike facilities and safer traffic conditions. It is also a great opportunity for less-experienced cyclists to try riding on the streets, as well as being a fun social event. We urge everyone who believes in a balanced transportation policy to join us.

Courteous Mass Tips:

  • Ride no more than two abreast on 4-5 lane roads, taking up only the right lane.
  • Ride single file on 2-3 lane roads so as not to interfere with traffic flow.
  • Please allow faster cyclists ahead of you so they are not stuck behind slower cyclists during single-file stretches.
  • Do not pass stopped cars on the right (unless there is a bike lane).
  • And as always, be courteous!

There ya go. Be civil, be safe and remember: Roads are made for all people to access destinations -- not just people in cars.

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