[dc-critmass-list] Last Friday's Critical Mass
william.fish at gmail.com
Wed Jun 6 16:38:34 PDT 2007
I love it. What kinda bottle? And where did you get that sweet map?
On 6/6/07, michael turner <armtherhythmic at yahoo.com> wrote:
> A laminated map of central dc was produced before the ride as riders
> collected in Dupont Circle. Several riders marked areas to visit with a
> dry-erase marker. A route was drawn, connect-the-dots style, with many turns
> to discourage keeping the relatively low-turnout DC Critical Mass on a busy
> street for too long. The route was written in summary on paper and handed to
> a route leader. The route was proposed to every rider around and approved.
> This took about 15-20 minutes.
> To keep the front of the mass from riding too far from the rear of the
> mass, the issue was brought up to all present before the ride. A rider to
> stay in the rear and alert the front was chosen. A noisemaker was the tool
> used to notify the front. It wasn't heard by the route leader during the
> ride. Instead, with everyone having known that the idea is to not lose the
> rear because of the pre-ride address, a call to slow down flowed from the
> rear to the front when the noisemaker did make noise.
> I hope a pre-ride address becomes a tradition, to emphasize sticking
> together and to bring participation into how routes are chosen...but more
> -to choose random riders to fill roles.
> To not allow a regime of the same riders to rise into the roles, we should
> find a way to choose/elect any rider to lead the route, or alert the front
> from the rear randomly. I suggest a goofy but true game of spin the bottle
> to select who will lead the route and who will keep watch from the rear.
> Regime-less random selection of roles means the ride can remain full of
> potential leaders instead of followers of the same few riders. This way
> roles are learned and truly shared by any open to filling them, which is
> empowering. This way, should the police choose to follow and interrupt the
> ride like was done in the past and is done in other cities presently, there
> won't be the easy target of a regime of riders that do the work of
> I'm hoping to pass on the laminated map to whoever says they'll show up
> with it to next month's ride, so that kind of facilitation will also be in
> the hands of more riders.
> What's your feedback on creating roles (a route leader in the front and an
> alerter in the back) for the last mass, and drawing a route before the ride?
> Spin the bottle random selection?
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