Critical Mass 9/24/04

I did my first critcal mass last night through New York City, and all I can say is that it was amazing. Not only do you get to bike through parts of the city where bikes just aren’t allowed–overpass to Grand Central, weird car ramps near hotels–but you can peddle through Gotham without having to worry about cars. The stretch down Broadway through Times Square had to be my favorite part. The entire street was just bikers, and it was the first time I didn’t feel insanely claustrophobic in that tourist trap. The not so good part was when a large group of us took a wrong turn and the cops started to close in on us. Watching a few hundred bicyclists slam on the brakes and into each other and then scattered in all directions is a little nerve wracking, especially when the NYPD has you cornered on one block. Luckily I got out without getting arrested or getting my new bike seized–phew!
I highly recommend critical mass to anyone who likes getting on their bike and riding through this great town.

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