I remember when Critical Mass started. Shortly thereafter someone organized a ride in Austin. It was a big deal on the local news and of course the cops cracked down on anyone who broke any law - which was pretty much anyone. I wanted to do that ride, but I think I to work that evening.
Cycling has come a long way since then, I remember there was very much a sense that bikes do not belong on the road- or if they did, not during rush hour when people were trying to get home from work. That sentiment has moved mostly into the margins. Bike commuting is way up. It's moved from weird to cool (although maybe still weird). While most people I know have mixed feelings about Critical Mass, I do think it did a lot to spark the bike advocacy movement at the time (and I once read an article where someone argued it helped get Clinton elected, but I think that is way overselling it). I'm not sure it's necessary anymore, but then it has become a lot less about confrontation and more about fun anyway. So happy birthday Critical Mass.
- A trio of 20-somethings are biking from San Francisco to Florida via San Diego to create a documentary exploring the safety hazards of biking in the United States and starting tomorrow the day after the 20th anniversary of Critical Mass."There's no reason that the U.S. can't have the kind of systems in place in the Netherlands or Denmark, where you're 30 times less likely to be hit by a car," says Baker. The Seattle paper wonders if there is anyone who doesn't hate Critical Mass.
- Army Secretary John McHugh is recovering from his bicycle crash, which did not involve any motor vehicles. "McHugh was riding his bicycle on a Northern Virginia bike trail when he swerved to avoid a group of pedestrians. McHugh suffered a pelvic fracture that did not require surgery and is being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center." He was wearing a helmet.
- Sequestration could delay the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail project.