As a long time resident of the Houston Heights I was disturbed by your article on Critical Mass. Both my sons rode with Critical Mass and it was a great time for them to connect with other bike enthusiasts. What is a nuisance is the inconsiderate motorists who disregard bike lanes and bikers all month. Why not write an article about that instead of the two motorists who were inconvenienced for 5 minutes late at one night.
This article represents the disgraceful shift from unbiased reporting to dogmatic, opinionated pieces – unfortunately the latter gets more attention and revenue. Why not share the other side of the story? Not just from the perspective of someone who is “inconvenienced” once a month by cyclist. For instance, the movement was started partially because cyclist were tired of drivers having little to no regard for the safety of cyclist despite the law. Furthermore, the article’s rhetoric is a pretense that most of the group is breaking the law, when in fact, is only a handful. Many of the participants are kids and families who safely finished the ride. An easy solution would be for some of these police start issuing citations and the behavior would stop quickly.
Please open your awareness and start writing articles without bias (I know it’s difficult, we are all inherently biased) for the sake of journalism and your readers.
I understand that everyone has an opinion, but cars/trucks, etc kill people. Distracted drivers, road-ragers, “pot smokers”, and drunk drivers inconvenience more people on a daily basis than all the cyclists combined. And critical mass is only once a month. Drivers disregard traffic lights, stop signs, crosswalks, and railroad crossings ALL DAY EVERY DAY. Drivers that kill other drivers and cyclists at an increasing rate aren’t even mentioned in this article. Seems to me, that the “entitled brats” are the commentators whom ALL wanted to remain anonymous. How surprising. *eye roll*
We did Critical Mass in Houston one time and were extremely disappointed with it. Rather than be a fun group ride which could bring education to folks about safe cycling practices, it is more of a “we have the critical mass to blatantly disregard traffic laws and get angry at cars who try to stop us.” Bad taste and a very unsafe practice.
It’s a rolling frat party and unfortunately started by a resident of the GOOF area. While the intentions in the beginning might have been good to bring awareness, the only thing they bring now is delinquent behavior, alcohol, drugs and incredible amounts of trash. This needs to be organized by the city instead of one person and a couple of his friends because obviously they have lost complete control. Posting the route prior to the last Friday would also be a good idea so all Houstonians can plan around this so called monthly “awareness event.”