Re: What's the story in NYC these days?
- Jim, Thanks for the skinny.
I got arrested at 14th & 7th, about 15 minutes into the ride. I
have been wondering what happened to the ride afterward.
The scene in the police station was a sick joke. Everybody forced
to sit handcuffed for hours for riding bikes! The cops were very
patronizing and almost apologetic!
I, too, noted some undercovers in the ride. One gorilla on a
skateboard was snapping pictures with a disposable camera of the
arrestees after we got cuffed. It was all very Kafkaesque.
I'm glad you made it through the ride without getting stung. Did
everybody meet up for a big mass ride at any point?
I got contacted by Free Wheels. I have a unique story about my
custody. See you next month!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Jym Dyer <jym@e...> wrote:
> > Times Up should have more on this soon.
> =v= TIME'S UP! probably won't be saying much right now (talk to
> their lawyer), but anyone who saw arrests or was arrested, your
> affidavit is mighty important at this point (talk to their
> lawyer). Meanwhile, I'll tell you what I as an individual saw.
> Then I'll let you all in on a little secret. :^)
> =v= Somebody was trying to organize a family-oriented feeder
> ride from Washington Square to Union Square, but he didn't
> report back on it, so I don't know how that fared. I was
> running late, so as soon as I got across the W'burg Bridge I
> headed to the nearest gathering point, Tompkins Square. Alas,
> none of the bicyclists there were doing the ride. (So I'm left
> wondering what's going on with the multiple starting places.)
> =v= Someone called me from Union Square and told me that the
> ride was just getting started, late. I headed over and caught
> up with the ride. We were stopping at the red lights and
> splitting up into mini-masses, which would take another route,
> sometimes meeting up with us at intersections, to much applause.
> And there was much applause from folks on the sidewalks, too.
> (It all reminded me of the awesome and inspirational August 1997
> ride in San Francisco:
> Warning: That's a 1MB PDF file. Read it later.)
> =v= My mini-mass was stopped, southbound on 7th Ave. at
> 14th St., then went when the light turned green. I was near
> the rear of the pack and saw the bikers behind me stop when
> the light went red. The police attacked and arrested them.
> FOR STOPPING AT A RED LIGHT!
> =v= We stopped at a next red light and another mini joined up
> (they had the green). We went down 7th Ave a bit more and then
> turned left. I would've chosen a less narrow street to turn on,
> because this slowed us down. As it happens this gave the police
> a chance to set up an ambush a bit north on 6th Ave. It didn't
> matter that we were complying with the traffic lights; they just
> grabbed people for no reason, right in front of me.
> =v= This split us up into more minis, going in a number of
> directions. We split and regrouped, split and regrouped. I
> ended up in a mini where somebody explained that they'd split
> away from a ride that had some obvious undercover cops in the
> front, who were advocating that the group ride on the FDR.
> =v= A lot of cellphone calls made these regroupings possible,
> another thing that reminded me of the multi-massing in San
> Francisco. Where we went next, I ain't telling.
> =v= Great after-party at ABC No Rio.
> * * *
> =v= Oh yeah, that little secret ...
> =v= Most of TIME'S UP! were in Los Angeles for BikeSummer at
> the end of last month. There are those who are inclined to
> believe NYPD nonsense about TIME'S UP! running, organizing, or
> even hijacking Critical Mass, and this fact should dispell that
> nonsense. Critical Mass is its own movement, a blossoming of
> bike culture bigger than any organization, and June's ride is
> evidence of that.
> =v= TIME'S UP! is still taking the heat, though. Don't forget
> about that lawsuit, still dragging on, still in need of support:
- Did anyone see the SUV guy going East on 23rd St., leaning out his
window, pointing and screaming "A--hole! A--hole! A--hole! A--
hole!"? I love him.
Once again, in my repetetive and humble opinion, red-light-stopping
mini-masses are the way to go. They slow down the animals in cars even
more, but they don't cause problems for our fellow human beings, i.e.,
Fun ride overall. I hope the arrestees got out quickly and without
P.S. "Let the bus go!!"
- I got to Union Square a little late so I didn't hear
the new 'procedure' to break into mini masses and stop
at reds. What was the reason behind this?
There were some people in my group complaining that
the stopping at reds was causing a lot of problems.
Also, did anyone notice the suspicious activity on the
part of FDNY? At one instance a firetruck, seemingly
out of nowhere, begins making it's way through the
mass, at another, a FDNY ambulance blasts it sirens
through an intersection we happened to be crossing at
However, the mass was aware enough to stop at the red
light to let it pass.
--- losdavos <losdavos@...> wrote:
> Did anyone see the SUV guy going East on 23rd St.,____________________________________________________
> leaning out his
> window, pointing and screaming "A--hole! A--hole!
> A--hole! A--
> hole!"? I love him.
> Once again, in my repetetive and humble opinion,
> mini-masses are the way to go. They slow down the
> animals in cars even
> more, but they don't cause problems for our fellow
> human beings, i.e.,
> Fun ride overall. I hope the arrestees got out
> quickly and without
> much trouble.
> P.S. "Let the bus go!!"
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- Neither did I see much of the rally (I did get to talk to Norman
Siegel and his colleague for a couple minutes, though, which was
nice). So having missed most of that, I don't know if there was
any "procedure" advocated, but I highly doubt it--that would be
pretty unusual. I'm sure someone here will answer us on that.
I imagine that most people who stopped at red lights just did so
because they chose to, not because of some new procedure. And when
people do stop at red lights, it just has the natural effect of
breaking up the ride into mini masses--again, I don't think it was
I know that stopping at reds and breaking up into minis are less fun,
but here (and sometimes at the rides) I always advocate stopping at
red lights. Not everyone agrees with me, as many loud, old arguments
have shown! :)
(Forgive me for my first-ever sincere use of an emoticon.)
As your and other reports from the last NYC ride suggest, "the
authorities" may have been up to sneaky sh$& to try to put the riders
in bad situations. I know those reports can be used as arguments
against my stopping at red lights position, but as people have
pointed out to me, "they'll (cops) do whatever they want anyway." To
me this creates even more of a reason for CMers to show that they're
even better behaved than the forces cracking down on them. Romantic
and tragic, I know.
And hey, I do hope that when that glorious day comes when better,
more fair cycling laws are implemented, the law will stipulate that
cyclists and pedestrians can run red lights at their discretion. But
for now, I think we should be the exemplars of good behavior.
--- In email@example.com, Wayne Huang <wayneh6@y...>
> I got to Union Square a little late so I didn't hear
> the new 'procedure' to break into mini masses and stop
> at reds. What was the reason behind this?
> There were some people in my group complaining that
> the stopping at reds was causing a lot of problems.
> Also, did anyone notice the suspicious activity on the
> part of FDNY? At one instance a firetruck, seemingly
> out of nowhere, begins making it's way through the
> mass, at another, a FDNY ambulance blasts it sirens
> through an intersection we happened to be crossing at
> the moment.
> However, the mass was aware enough to stop at the red
> light to let it pass.
> Interesting happenings.