Provocateur: Big Apple Motorists Stage Critical Mass "Drive"
For Immediate Release
December 10, 1997
Area motorists hit the roads en masse today, clogging streets and highways and paralyzing traffic in the New York metropolitan area.
"The nerve of these people! I have to get to work!" said Tom T., a bicyclist who struggled through three miles of the critical mass drive en route to his job in Midtown Manhattan. "Cars are in the bike lane and blocking the crosswalk. They are stacked so deep that ambulances and fire trucks are stuck with their sirens screaming."
Area motorists frequently hold critical mass drives and seem undeterred by presidential visits, building collapses and dire warnings by transportation officials to stop conducting the drives during peak travel periods. "I bike uptown at 9am and downtown at 6pm and it's clogged nearly everyday," reports Tom.
Tom wishes the motorists
could show a little more courtesy when planning their mass drives. "I
respect their rights to promote a transportation style that generates massive
pollution, noise, creates general societal alienation and kills and injures
thousands, if that's what they really believe in. But, you'd think they could
respect those of us of who actually have get somewhere by staying out of our
way! It's not like they stick to one street, they're everywhere! It really
slows everybody down."
Road users, particularly bicyclists and pedestrians, are advised to use caution when using roads in NYC and its environs, until the mass drives are called to a halt.
NOWBike Memo, Preston Schiller and Michael Richardson