Critical Mass Gone Bad

This is a real bummer. Critical Mass has always been a tumultuous, yet relatively benign event in San Francisco. If you read the article, you’ll see the reason for the eruption of violence, and while the anger may be excusable, the violence simply is not.
I’ve had my encounters with high-strung parents driving in this city. One time, I was crossing Columbus at Broadway in the crosswalk on a walk and this woman in a Volvo started honking and cussing at me because she wanted to go down Columbus. To which I responded by standing in front of her car and having the following conversation:
“What?!!”
“Get out of the way!”
“No, what’s your problem? You honked, so something must be wrong.”
“You’re in my fucking way. Move!”
“No, let’s talk about this.”
At that point she drove out further in to the street and a bit in to oncoming traffic to go around me. The cherry on top of all of this is that she had a little kid in the back seat. Lucky kid. What a role model…
Anyways, my point being that drivers are rarely relaxed in San Francisco, but throwing your bike through the back window of someone’s car does little to show cycling as a good alternative.

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