More Anti-War Bike Actions Planned

Discussion in 'rec.bicycles.soc archive' started by Jym Dyer, Mar 21, 2003.

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  1. Jym Dyer

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    [From No-War-In-Iraq]
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    CALLING ALL BICYCLISTS!

    MORE ACTIONS PLANNED FOR FRIDAY EVENING!!!

    Meet at Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero BART Friday, March 21
    5:00 pm

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    This Friday, bring your bike downtown for a massive Bike Action that will continue to disrupt the
    functioning of the downtown area! This is not your father's Critical Mass! It is time to
    non-violently but determinedly BRING TRAFFIC TO A STANDSTILL!!!

    BRING YOUR BIKE!!! BRING THE SHOCK OF SMILES AND THE AWE OF DEMOCRACY!!! RAGE AT THE SYSTEM THROUGH
    JOY IN THE STREETS!!!

    * Please note that we do not engage in harassment or angry confrontations with motorists. We will be
    temporarily occupying intersections to block traffic, but we are NOT out to pick a fight. Angry
    motorists should be dealt with respectfully and diplomatically.

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    A brief report on yesterday's Bike Actions:

    Several hundred bicyclists played a major role in the disruption of "business as usual" in the
    downtown area on Thursday night. Moving through the city in several clusters, we modified our
    tactics from our years of Critical Mass actions to INTENTIONALLY block and disrupt traffic.

    A small number of cyclists were arrested and released, but most survived unscathed -- in fact, with
    so much going on, we were mostly left alone by an overwhelmed police force.

    There is talk of nightly bike actions, or simply continuing these tactics every Friday while the war
    continues. And, with Critical Mass coming up next week, we're expecting a larger than usual turn-out
    and more disruptive than usual tactics.
     
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  2. If you insist on blocking trafic, please use SUVs. Thousands of wide, ungainly vehicles trundling
    through the streets will jam things up quite well. Onlookers may well reflect that, had bikes
    been employed instead, the traffic impacts would have been much less. That would be a
    constructive lesson.

    Don't misuse bicycles in a way that slanders their utility as a tool against traffic congestion.
     
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