Next RideCivil is 8/8 at Westlake Center, 5:30 PM

With all the (well deserved) concern over the recent Aloha Incident on this month’s Critical Mass lots of people have been wondering what they can do to promote civility, cooperation and good feelings between motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. I’m sure there are many good ideas, but please take the opportunity to demonstrate your civility on our next RideCivil ride.

Note: RideCivil doesn’t cork or block traffic, and I’m not at all clear where KPLU heard that we do. Thanks to Byron for the plug on KUOW.

Meet at: Westlake Center park
When: Starting around 5:30, but generally not departing until 6:15. Aug 8 (2nd Friday of the month)
Route, Destination, Duration and Pace: Determined by participants, including a post-ride sit down someplace with food and drink. We usually ride more than an hour at a no-body-left-behind social pace.

Last question before the break: Why? First and foremost, everybody should have the chance at a group ride downtown to show the city we’re here. RideCivil’s a chance to do this and show the city that we can get along just fine. Plus, it’s fun, safe, a great way to see the city, and meet your cycling community.

My intention with RideCivil isn’t to replace Critical Mass – Critical Mass has it’s crowd (which includes me), and it’s place, but it just doesn’t serve a lot of the cycling community. I routinely run into people who would enjoy a fun, group ride down town but don’t want to be involved in blocking traffic. Sure, there are lots of other rides you can go on but there’s something great about a friday evening, smile-and-wave (which is our main tactic by the way), wind-down ride in Seattle’s lovely down-town, especially time of year.

It’s even better that you can make cycling a bit safer for all of us (motorists, of which I’m also one, cyclists and pedestrians) by showing ourselves to be out there, in traffic. Best of all, we get the chance to show a street full of cars how to do it cooperatively and well: 2 abreast, signalling, respectfully taking the lane where we need it, yeilding to pedestrains.

Looking forward to seeing you there!



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How many people have historically shown up for Ride Civil?  If it’s more than 1 block worth of 2 abreast cyclists, how do you deal with the red lights?  Do groups just get separated?

A handful at first, then a dozen, and we’re expecting more. If the group is large at the next one, we’ll split up into smaller, 12 person groups.

Historically we’ve had a pretty low turnout, I’m expecting more this month—maybe enough to get us into tricky territory. We’ve got a couple good ride leaders confirmed for the ride, and we’ll be coordinating before hand to set up a strategy.

If you’re interested in helping to lead, drop me a note at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Hello Seattle Cyclists, Friends, Critical Mass Riders and Allies,

Let’s find the truth!  Let’s work together for road justice!

*MEETING TO SUPPORT CRITICAL MASS*
*Sunday, August 3rd 6pm *
*20/20 Cycles, 2020 E Union St*

The Bikery invites you to a public meeting to discuss support for
Critical mass Riders traumatized and injured in Friday’s attack and
aid for riders targetted by the police.  Witnesses and participants
are particularly invited to come and share their stories.  If you are
not comfortable coming forward but would still like to share your
story you can have a statement read for you.  This is not a press
conference.  Refreshments will be provided.

Through collaborative, hands on education on bikes and biking, the
Bikerycultivates the personal, social, and environmental benefits of
bicycling.

The Bikery does not organize Seattle Critical Mass.  The Bikery does
not claim to speak for Seattle Critical Mass.  The Bikery is dedicated
to improving Seattle’s rich bicycle culture and supporting Seattle
cyclists in trouble.

Also, from: seattlelikesbikes.org

Feel free to forward this on to anyone who maybe interested


“Seattle Critical Mass Incident”

On July 25th , a car driver tried to pull out from where he was parked
mid-block and pulled into a group of people on bicycles. For the
safety of the group, some people tried to stop the car. Frustrated at
being late for a dinner reservation, the driver yelled at the cyclists
and then drove directly into them, pinning one of them under his car
and throwing another on top of the car. He then attempted to flee the
scene.

Enraged fellow cyclists then attacked and damaged the motorist’s
car. The cyclists who attacked the car are being (rightly, in our
opinion) prosecuted. So far, the the driver is not facing even so much
as a reckless driving citation.

This is a travesty. It appeared that the driver was trying to kill.

Please consider contacting City Councilmember Tim Burgess
and City Attorney Thomas Carr
and urge them to prosecute.”

I really regret that my work schedule doesn’t allow me to be in Seattle before 7:30 at the earliest, or I would ride with you. I have longed for an alternative to Critical Mass, so I am glad to hear there is one.

If you are interested in training in conflict resolution, and replacing confrontation with connection, please see (in Seattle area) www.nwcompass.org , nationally the website is www.cnvc.org .

Thanks,

Paul

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