I’m back-Critical Mass at 20.

Crazy week!

Last week I discovered my blog was the target of an evil hacker group in Turkey.


Apparently they also hacked Domino’s Pizza of India so I guess I’m flattered to be in such prestigious corporate company.

In talking with my hacker on twitter, @Ren4s1 they stated:


I was just a victim of some random cyber attacking. Good to know people are putting their time to good use on the Internet.

Regardless, this cost me major time and energy and alerted me to how clueless I am to things like wordpress, MySQL databases and how this blog is actually hosted. Just some basic things a blogger should know. I should probably brush up on my Turkish too.
Thankfully my web master, Taylor Kruse was able to get me back up and running.

This couldn’t come at a worse time due to the fact that I’m moving apartments and our life is in major disruption.


I apologize for the inconvenience and the lack of content. There are still some bugs in the site that I’ll be trying to fix so bear with me.

The big event I missed both virtually and in person was the 20th anniversary of critical mass.

A whole week of festivities kicked off in San Francisco where critical mass got it’s start back in 1992, hosted by Chris Carlson and other founders of this world wide cycling phenomenon.

Here is an article from the San Francisco Bay Guardian:

Critical Mass at 20
The movement changed the rules in cities all over the world — and almost, almost, took the Bay Bridge.
By: Steve T. Jones
Published: September 25th, 2012

20121001-144010.jpgChris Carlsson helped spread Critical Mass around the world. Guardian Photo by: Mike Koozmin

I was in Zeitgeist on a Friday summer evening, at a planning meeting for the 20th anniversary of Critical Mass, when I first heard about the idea of kicking off the celebration week with a renegade bicycle ride over the Bay Bridge.

The people who first shook up the city’s commute two decades ago were going to take the idea of seizing space from cars a step further — and fulfill a longtime cyclist fantasy. They were going to take the bridge.

Chris Carlsson, the author/activist who helped found Critical Mass and has evangelized the concept around the world, reminded me of this super-secret ride last Wednesday when I finally got around to starting my reporting for this story. I was surprised that I’d forgotten about it — but yes, I told him, I still wanted to be there.

“This will galvanize our sense of the week,” Carlsson told me, explaining that Critical Mass has always been about “opening up a space for a conversation,” whether it’s about how urban space is used or who gets to make that decision.

“There is a real necessity to have a place for people to start thinking creatively. That’s Critical Mass’s enduring contribution, 20 years ago and today.”

Read more: here.

A few NYC bicycle culturists made the trip West including,’s Anita Singh and Chris Ryan of Team Spider.
Chris brought the whole family (wife Allie and daughter Virginia-start em young)
They went to give some presentations about Time’s Up’s involvement in critical mass and to launch their new website dedicated to a documentary about NYC mass ride:

An article in the Huffington Post about the ride.

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