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Friday, February 26, 2010

NY Judge's Ruling Won't Keep Critical Mass Riders Home. Rain Will.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 1:15 PM

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  • A rebel. A loner. Who doesn't need any permits...
It's the last Friday of the month, and you know what that means: It's your penultimate socially acceptable opportunity to get drunk in February.

That, and Critical Mass.

Tonight's will be the first Critical Mass bicycle event since a mid-month decision by a federal judge in New York City, who ruled that the NYPD did not violate the constitutional rights of Critical Mass riders by demanding they obtain permits. Among other outcomes, this led to a bout of fingerless glove-pointing within the bicycling community. 

What affect this could have, if any, on Critical Mass rides throughout the nation is uncertain; both Mayor Gavin Newsom and Police Chief George Gascon have certainly talked tough of late regarding the bike ride. But what is certain is that nothing unusual is happening tonight.

The San Francisco Police tell us that they have no special procedures in place for tonight's event. And longtime San Francisco Critical Mass stalwart Chris Carlsson told us he expects no changes due to the ruling tonight or any night: "It will be the rain that affects people," he said. "There's going to be a big storm tonight. I expect quite a small turnout."


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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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