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Manhattan Critical Mass – 7/27/2018

On Friday 7/27/2018, the monthly Critical Mass bike ride will be held in Manhattan (and around the world) at Union Square North at 7 PM according to the xup website (bikenyc.org/events no longer appears to work).

Ten years ago to the month, a NYC Critical Mass rider was physically assaulted in Times Square by rookie NYPD officer Patrick Pogan, who eventually received a felony conviction for lying on a police report, but no jail time, losing his job over the incident.

The infamous video of the assault (posted to youtube on 7/27/2008) has over 3 million views:

Another view of the 7/25/2008 assault, and its aftermath, used during the 2010 trial:

On a happier note, The Warriors Fun Ride held on 7/7/2018 reported no such attacks. It was overheard that 500 cyclists across 60 teams registered for the ride (30 of which finished the all night event), and was even featured in a Bicycling Magazine article.

Photo Credit - Alix Piorun of Bicycling Magazine

Photo Credit – Alix Piorun for Bicycling Magazine

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