I’m looking for opinions.
Is Critical Mass a political statement on war?
Or is it a statement that Cycling is a viable form of transportation that should be recognized and that we are also due our rights to ride the streets as cars do?
The reason I ask: the local mailing list was recently hit with an email for a ride against the President on inauguration day. CM is supposed to be about cycling. When I questioned the applicability of this to CM, I was rebuffed with various statements. First and foremost was that CM wasn’t about riding, but that it was about not destroying the environment through war. It was suggest I read the “CM book” (funny, I wasn’t aware of an instruction book), and that CM wasn’t “just about the bike”.
I’m looking for opinions, as my intent is to join and be part of something that advocates cycling, safety rights, and awareness. I’m not against banners, statements, etc. But I’m not going for protest against an administration or an action…
Because if we were to do that, what about a free Tibet ride? Or perhaps a ride to attrack attention to Rwanda genocide?