Chronicle and short summaries of Critical Mass incidents, events and news worldwide (incomplete) in 2007.
|September 28, 2007||Critical Mass||San Francisco celbrated it's 15th anniversary of Critical Mass bicycle rides. Many 100 cyclists claimed the streets. See also .|
|September 22, 2007||Budapest||Up to 30,000 cyclists attented the Critical Mass ride in Budapest on Car Free Day (September 22, 2007). See also .|
|September 2007||Chicago||Chicago celebrates his 10th anniversary with four happy Fridays, including a "T-Shirt Printing Party !!!" and the "Chicago Critical Mass 10th Anniversary Ride". See |
|August 31, 2007||San Diego||2 CM bicyclists arrested at a ride with 100 to 400 people. See also .|
|August 31, 2007||New York||"For the 3rd month in a row, NYC had a terrific hassle-free Critical Mass. [...]" See aloso .|
|August 31, 2007||Chicago|| 7 riders arrested
During the ride police refused to allow the planned CM route. When some bicyclists didn´t leave the intersection fast enough, 7 were arrested. See also .
|August 31, 2007||Minneapolis, Minnesota||19 arrested in Minneapolis Critical Mass|
|August 17, 2007||Vienna|| Police repressions against Critical Mass in Vienna / (de):Polizeirepression gegen Critical Mass in Wien
(de): "Nachdem die CriticalMass nunmehr seit 16 Monaten friedlich und lustvoll durch Wien radelt und ein gutes Einvernehmen mit der immer wieder begleitenden Polizei herrscht, kommt es bei der CM im August völlig unverständlich zu einer Zerstörung dieses Verhältnisses durch die Polizei durch eine “Aktion-Scharf” gemäss STVO. [...]" See also .
|July 27, 2007||Vilnius||Police in Vilnius (Lithuania) stopped Critical Mass with 100-200 participiants. There should have been arrested 5-10 cyclists and reported an offence against them. See also .|
|July 27, 2007||Berlin|| |
"Around 40 cyclists started at the Heinrichplatz, during the ride the count increased up to 60 participiants. There was an incident at the Heinrich-Heine-Street where the police confiscated a bicycle (later gave it back) and got personal data of at least on person." See also Berlin, July 07.
|July, 2007||Oakland, California||Police Department officers grabbed and detained a peaceful Critical Mass rider on the Oakland, California ride, which stages at Frank Ogawa Plaza on the first Friday of each month. The rider was cited for violating a noise ordinance for having a bicycle sound system. Many Oakland riders were critical of the Oakland, California Police Department for exercising selective enforcement of the noise ordinance, in a city whose streets are frequently travelled by motorcyclists on Harley Davidson motorcycles with loud pipes and sound-systems of their own, and with numerous cars with loud sound-systems and exhaust whistles. In addition, Oakland Police Department motorcycles themselves were previously criticized by Oakland's District 3 City Councilmember Nancy Nadel for having loud, aftermarket "thunderpipes" installed on them. Text from Critical Mass (English Wikipedia article)#Oakland, California.|
|July 27, 2007||Malaysia||First Critical Mass bike ride ever in Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur with 40 people. See also .|
|July 27, 2007||Chicago||While the Chicago ride was heading to the Spindle in Berwyn, IL, an allegedly drunk driver plowed into the mass while attempting to flee the scene of a previous accident. 10 year old Will Healy, who was riding with his mother and sister, was directly hit by the car. Healy flew up onto the hood of the car, but was not severely injured. Several other bicyclists were injured or had their bicycles damaged while attempting to move out of the way of the car. The driver, Robert Rogers, 34, of Maywood, IL was quickly apprehended by police who were riding with and monitoring the group. See also .|
|June 3, 2007||Berlin|
|May 25-27, 2007||Rome|| for nice posters.|
|May 11, 2007||Berkeley, California||According to a Bicycle Civil Liberties Union press release, a "motorist with his wife deliberately ran into the side of the monthly Berkeley Critical Mass bicycle demonstration"  and caused approximately $3,000 worth of damage to bicycles . However, the driver and two third-party witnesses told police that the bikers threw their bicycles under the vehicle. Subsequently, Critical Mass participants pounded on the hood and windows of the car and the windshield of the vehicle was shattered. See also .|
|May 04 - 06, 2007||Frankfurt/Main||Wheelzup Film Festival in Frankfurt presents Critical Mass and other cycling films. On the last day was also a Critical Mass ride with 200 cyclists. See also .|
|April 22, 2007||Budapest||50.000 participians at a Critical Mass in Budapest. See also .|
|April, 2007||San Francisco||San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, in April 2007, requested that Critical Mass riders "police themselves." "It does the bicycle-advocacy community no good to have people that are aggressive and dispirit the entire movement,” Newsom said. “I would encourage the bicycle coalition to say, ‘Look, we don’t put up with this, enough is enough.’” See also .|
|April, 2007||Sacramento, California|| Since the resurrection of the ride in April 2007, Sacramento Critical Mass  has been the subject of police scrutiny. The Sacramento Police Department dispatches several squad cars, motorcycles, and bicycle police to monitor the ride, despite the absence of any violent incident. The police follow the riders the whole time, and shout at them to stay all the way to the side of the road. Ironically, the police actually occupy a larger portion of on-street traffic than the riders and thus inhibit the flow of traffic far more than the riders do. In addition, the police use every justification to issue citations, which tends to keep the speed of the mass very slow. Citations in the past have included tickets for not having lights, for moving to far into the road way, failing to signal when turning left, etc. It is believed that the police's domineering presence and propensity for issuing as many tickets as possible, is an attempt to dissuade the riders from participating altogether. Text from the English Wikipedia article under the GFDL, see Critical_Mass_(English_Wikipedia_article)#Sacramento.2C_California.
|March 30, 2007||San Francisco||On the evening of March 30, 2007 in San Francisco, toward the end of Critical Mass, Susan Ferrando of Redwood City, California claimed to have found herself in the middle of a group of bicyclists and tried to drive through them resulting in hundreds of bicyclists surrounding her minivan while her 11 and 13 year old daughters watched from inside. Ferrando denies striking a cyclist but claims they banged on the sides of her car, "keyed" the paint, and threw a bicycle through the rear window of the vehicle, causing $5,300 in damage. See also .|
|2007||Film||Some Assembly Required, a film about the Critical Mass in New York on March 30, 2007 and the police response was published.|