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Commentary :: Human Rights
Senator No Fan of Cyclist, Defends Critical Mass Bike Riders Civil Right
13 Nov 2005
Senator Jim Elliott from the red state of Montana is no fan of cyclists, so why is he concerned about what’s going on with Critical Mass in in NYC ? And why he thinks every citizen should be too. Find out what got this cowboy mad enough to write an article for CICLE.org
As a rule, authority distrusts innovation and spontaneity, which to my mind pretty much embodies today’s cycling movement. I was reminded of this a couple of weeks ago when I watched “Still We Ride”—a documentary on the mass Critical Mass arrests in New York City during the 2004 Republican National Convention, and the subsequent harassment of cyclists and confiscation of unattended bikes.

It angered me to see a group of people targeted for legalized harassment for doing nothing more than enjoying their civil liberties.

Let me first make something clear; I am not a cyclist, nor do I intend to become one. In fact, in rural Montana, where I live, I tend to be more annoyed by cyclists who choose to tour our extremely scenic and narrow highways than sympathetic. That’s why I was prepared to cast a jaundiced eye on the plight of the people in “Still We Ride”.

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Re: Senator No Fan of Cyclist, Defends Critical Mass Bike Riders Civil Right
14 Nov 2005
Since when does riding a bike constitute a civil right?
On Riding Bikes
14 Nov 2005
If riding a bike and associating with others riding bikes does not constitute a civil right, then there is no right to assembly or to walking.
Re: Senator No Fan of Cyclist, Defends Critical Mass Bike Riders Civil Right
14 Nov 2005
Huh?
Re: Senator No Fan of Cyclist, Defends Critical Mass Bike Riders Civil Right
14 Nov 2005
it's not so much riding that is a civil right but the right to assemble as a community of bike riders and ride in the streets together like cars do. that is the issue.

and if any one wants to watch "still we ride" we have it at the papercut zine library at 45 mopunt auburn! drop in any time!

shit does that constitute an advertisement?
Re: Senator No Fan of Cyclist, Defends Critical Mass Bike Riders Civil Right
14 Nov 2005
Hey!!! Sally!!!! he said "shit." That's a policy violation and disruptive!! Send him to the hidden pile!