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Critical Mass, 20 Years Later


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Cyclists participate in a Critical Mass event protesting the start of the Iraq War on March 28, 2003 in San Francisco.
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Cyclists participate in a Critical Mass event protesting the start of the Iraq War on March 28, 2003 in San Francisco.

It started with a bike ride in San Francisco on Sept. 25, 1992. About 50 people cycled in a pack along Market Street, hoping to earn some respect from drivers who sometimes ignored them or edged them off the road. They called it the "Commute Clot." Today it's known as Critical Mass, a movement that's spread worldwide. Supporters say it promotes cycling and the rights of bicyclists. But critics say it is illegal, clogs traffic and antagonizes drivers. We talk about Critical Mass' 20th anniversary, and its effects on the city.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Chris Carlsson, co-founder of Critical Mass who was part of the first ride on Sept. 25, 1992, and has since participated in Critical Mass rides in Milan, Vancouver and Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Hugh D'Andrade, founder of SFCriticalMass.org
  • Rob Anderson, blogger on transportation issues and author of the blog District 5 Diary

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