There was a Critical Mass event in Portland, Oregon today, and the news showed that there were about 7 arrests. There were a lot of cyclists there, and a bike shop owner was interviewed. He responded that Portland is one of the nicest cities for bicycling in the USA. But the depiction of arrests was not pleasant for me to see. They also showed one cyclist, shot from the air, going up on a curb. The TV commentator asked us to watch how close he came to a pedestrian. It was not too close in my observation--about 10 feet--but close enough to be used as a poor example on TV. There were hundreds of peaceful riders there, but only the handfull who "disobeyed the rules" were arrested. Some of them spit on the police, which made for a very poor presentation on TV of bicyclists. I have never participated in this kind of event, and was wondering about the reaction of other cyclists to what I have described.