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critical mass pile of bikes


critical mass pile of bikes, originally uploaded by Green Biker.

Here is another testimonal from someone arrested on last nights Critical Mass bike ride. There is some good advice to follow.

There is also a fund raiser for bike related arrests on April 9th.

91R Meserole St. between Manhattan and Leonard

“I was arrrested for riding my bike on the streets of NYC last night. I did nothing illegal; obeying all traffic laws and stopping for red lights. The “Powers-That-Be” A.K.A. Bloomberg and Kelly have decided to crack down on cyclists by arresting them and confiscating their bikes month after month. They hope that by doing so in the winter months when numbers are low they can break us before the good weather and massive numbers return. This is a terrible waste of scarce resources and affects every New Yorker, not just bicyclists.

There were 37 arrests last night. All arrestees I spoke with plan to fight this in court. We need your support in many ways:

1. Continue to ride so that we may return CM to a fun, safe event for all.

2. Support the upcoming benefit on April 9. This is specifically for defending CM arrestees; www.bicycledefensefund.org.

3. This is an election year let your elected representatives know how you feel; Contact your local city council member and the Mayor through this link: www.nyccouncil.info/constituent/contact_member.cfm

4. Write letters to editors and call local newsdesks demanding that they report on the actions being taken by the City against cyclists.
New York Times contact info:
www.nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/help/infoservdirectory.html

Ride On,

If you’re not outraged, then you’re not paying attention.

See also:
http://www.bicycledefensefund.org
http://www.nyccouncil.info/constituent/contact_member.cfm

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