Choose Your Co-Activists Carefully

My evening commute was a bit longer than normal today because there were fifteen-ish bicyclists cruising down Shrewsbury Street.  All of them were in the right lane, except for one dude who thought it would be cute to hold up the traffic by riding his bike in the left lane.

There was another bicyclist who was videotaping the event, and I told him that I was sympathetic to urban biking, but that this guy’s antics were quickly making me very unsympathetic.

The videotaper’s response?  “Yeah, he’s an asshole.”

Why, yes!  Yes, he was.  And if his point was that you can be just as much of a jerk on a bike as you can in an SUV that gets 12 miles to the gallon, he succeeded!

I’m still not sure what the point of the event was, either.  Next time, get a banner so that I know what you all are about.

5 thoughts on “Choose Your Co-Activists Carefully

  1. Critical mass, last friday of every month.

    Worcester’s version often fails on the mass aspect of the event.

    • Nicole says:

      Thank you so much! I’m surprised they’ve never interrupted my commute before.

      It was actually too bad there was that one guy, because the rest of the people looked nice enough and were having a good time.

  2. imjustmusing says:

    Unfortunately there is always one in every group, whther it be bicyclists trying to make a point about the lack of bike lanes, or a local union with an informational picket against some injustice. Doesn’t matter what side of the political spectrum the group is on, there will be one “bad apple” who will do something to turn off the very people they are trying to persuade.
    This bicyclist for example has probably made a lot of people think all bicyclists are the same as he, and my guess is he is the loudest complainer about cars blocking his way.


  3. Crystal says:

    I suppose the only time I get in a left lane riding my bike is when I am turning left. But to ride on a busy street in the left lane is ridiculous.

  4. t-traveler says:

    but the bicyclist has the right to use the left lane?

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