The Critical Mass bike ride is a monthly event through London. Cycling has a fine tradition down south, there are organizations promoting it and sites such as the LFGSS does great work. I do what little I can on this blog to promote cycling.
Let’s pause for a moment and look at this. These people were riding bikes. Not blowing up buildings or buses, not slitting throats, not hurting anyone, except to inconvenience people for a few minutes. It was a once off, a monthly event. It wasn’t designed to defy the games organizers.
Look at the Beeb photo above. See the number of girls on bikes? Precisely what we’re trying to achieve – safety for women [and all people of course] in a mass bike ride. Get the girls on bikes is a key policy plank. Naturally, the guys were there too. Now being an organized event, safety, orderliness, good road manners were the order of the day, so it was hardly that they were being unruly.
And what did the Olympic thugs do? See the pic. This is what our society has been reduced to and why I, among so many, bang on about it. [Face palm]