What is this insanity?

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]

3 Responses to “What is this insanity?”

  1. dearieme July 30, 2012 at 12:32 Permalink

    I live in a cycling-prone part of the world. Until recently I cycled everywhere. And I loathe the cycling-idolaters who, at the individual level, seem likely to force me under the wheels of traffic, who bully the old and young on pavements, and who think themselves above all laws, propriety and civility. Fuck ‘em, I say.

  2. Andrew S July 30, 2012 at 12:59 Permalink

    “The police said cyclists ignored warnings and rode on Games Lanes ahead of the opening ceremony”

    This may be relevant, knowing the dangerous arrogance of many cyclists as I do, having been hit more than once while walking on a pavement they feel they can ride on as they wish, and having had to jump away to avoid them as they ignore red lights and whiz through pedestrians crossing on the Green Man, etc. On the day and very time of the Olympics opening ceremony should a mass of cyclists be allowed to ride along the very temporary restricted areas just because they want to? It’s only 16 days for goodness sake.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-19023104

    Of course I don’t know the details, but the comment from the police is surely relevant before a declaration of insanity.

  3. James Higham July 30, 2012 at 13:41 Permalink

    Yet another social division, eh? ;-)

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