Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: East Florida
Bikes: '66 Raleigh Superbe, 80 Nishiki Maxima, 07 Gary Fisher Utopia, 09 Surly LHT
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I rode Critical Mass Orlando tonight. It looked like about 100 bikes +/-. The 'default' rider was a college kid on a fixie, but there were exceptions. Only a couple other riders wore helmets. The group stopped for lights, but...
If the light turned while the group was part way through, someone volunteered to play funeral escort until the group got through. I'm sure it's illegal, yet practical. They were well behaved, 100%, otherwise. The public was curious, and surprisingly supportive. Only two people I saw were p.o.'d about being held at a light. Otherwise, a lot of honks and waves, and cell phones recording the event.
I would go again. I imagine there would be even more riders if it didn't rain next time. The event was just as advertised--no rules, just ride. But neither the group or any individuals were rude or out of control, that I could see. I would say the impact on the public was mildly positive, on balance; p.o.'d a couple road rage types, but most onlookers were having fun with it.
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