Activism Gone Stupid

I don’t see anything yet on bikeportland, but apparently a group of cyclists decided the best way to make a point this morning was to block traffic during the morning commute and slowly make their way downtown.

Generally I find that pissing off a bunch of people is a poor way to get your point across, whatever that point might be.

Anyone know more about what was going on and what these folks were trying to do?

6 Comments so far

  1. Jonathan Maus/BikePortland (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 12:03 pm

    I knew nothing about this. My hunch is that the people just happened to be on bikes, they weren’t necessarily representing the “bike community”.

    The O has now updated their blog report that broke the story. they mention one of the cyclists was arrested, but only far down in the article do they clarify that it was for an outstanding warrant, not for the act of protest itself.


  2. Aaron B. Hockley (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 12:07 pm

    Thanks for your comment Jonathan. For clarification, I wasn’t implying who or what they were representing, just that it probably wasn’t very effective. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone else has more info.


  3. no one in particular (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

    Just because they were on bikes, I’m not sure why you automatically assume they were making some point? Maybe it was just general mischief? To be honest, while I would never organize such an undertaking, if I happened to see them riding by, I might be inclined to join.

    Ahhh, good ol’ fashioned mischief.


  4. divebarwife (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 12:23 pm

    Who’s still on their morning commute at 9 – 9:30 am….lazy bums….


  5. BigPoppaPDX (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 2:48 pm

    It is people like this that make me dislike bicyclists in general. Did they think that by pissing a bunch of motorists off that they would prove a point? Idiots….


  6. Laura (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 6:20 pm

    I saw them go by just before they got pulled over on MLK. There was a group of around 20, followed by a police car. Then seemingly out of nowhere a few more police cars and a bunch of motorcycle cops appeared and put on their sirens. I saw at least one motorcycle go up on the sidewalk. It seemed like a pretty extreme response. This was a little after 10 AM.



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