Critical Manners Bike Ride Vancouver

Rules of the Ride
July 31, 2009, 3:59 pm
Filed under: The Ride

Along with following the rules of the road, here are the Rules of the Ride for Critical Manners:

  • SAFETY FIRST! Helmets are a must, lights and reflectors are good too.
  • Obey all traffic laws and posted traffic signs. Stop at stop signs. Signal when changing lanes & directions.
  • No Corking. We do not need to ride as one gigantic pack to make a point. Many small groups will also be effective. If you make it through an intersection and your riding companions don’t, stop when it’s safe, dismount and wait next to your bike on the sidewalk (or other safe, convenient location) for them to come through.
  • We are not the police, just the polite! The sole purpose of this ride is to set an example. We are not out to educate or enforce the rule of law on everyone else, only to demonstrate through our own actions how effective road-sharing can be when everyone follows the rules of the road.
  • HAVE FUN! Cycling is awesome! Let’s make sure that’s the impression everyone – cyclists, motorists and pedestrians alike – is left with.
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    Wow, this is a super lame idea. Really, really lame.

    Comment by Jerry

    Right Jerry … because everyone working together to share the road safely and respectfully is such a horrible thing.

    If cyclists want respect on the roadways, they need to be prepared to earn it and give it and Critical Manners seems like a brilliant way to do that.

    Comment by BlissfulGirl

    I have no idea why people are being so negative about this. I think its a great idea, a way to show everyone (cyclists and motorists) that there is a way to share the road, and not all cyclists are jackasses.

    I’ll be there August 14th!

    Comment by Carly

    Well said! There can still be a mass ride while respecting other road users and traffic laws.

    Comment by Monica

    I think it’s a great idea. However I won’t be riding as I don’t wear a helmet. Looking forward to seeing how it goes.

    Comment by yrmom

    Carly said:
    “and not all cyclists are jackasses.”

    Hey Carly, most cyclists are not jackasses. I have met a lot of cyclists, and most of them are caring, considerate, respectful and polite – and very cool.

    Bikers are awesome.

    I’m looking forward to this ride. Thanks to Jen for organizing!


    Comment by Amy Walker

    Amy said:
    “Hey Carly, most cyclists are not jackasses. I have met a lot of cyclists, and most of them are caring, considerate, respectful and polite – and very cool.”
    I know… that was my point… as a cyclist myself, I feel that Critical Mass only confirms the worst that motorists feel about us. That is why I’m looking forward to this ride. To change some perspectives.

    Comment by Carly

    Here is a great view of their meeting place at Vancouver Art Gallery.

    Comment by Janis Lanka

    “wait next to your bike on the sidewalk”
    So I need to squeeze between the parked cars on the side of the road (as, if this happens downtown, there are everywhere that parking is allowed) to stand on the sidewalk so that I can wait the 30-40 seconds for my friend to make the light?

    Also, I will do the same as cars to at stop signs: roll and shoot when I see that there is space.
    I’d also like to see someone comfortably signal their intention while taking a turn at 40+ km/h. I signal when it is convenient and safe to do so.

    Comment by Asha

    Like you Asha I have a lot of concerns and confusions about this ride.

    I support its aim, the more thoughtful visible active cyclists out there the better; however, the logistics seem impracticable and unnecessary.

    If even 150 cyclists are to follow MVA rules to a ‘t’ you cannot ride together. You must ride single file and can’t be stopping in the road to wait for folks who get caught at lights. Imagine this with 1500 participants or 4000 it would be nonsense.

    Moreover, the reason the mayor and police chief want a planned route for Critical Mass is that they’re a group not following traffic regulations – blocking traffic, corking, taking up all lanes, traveling in opposing lanes, etc – if you’re all following traffic regulations then there is no need for a planned route or organization with the city and police. You are just traffic, like cars. And they don’t have their route planned and okayed… so why is Critical Manners?

    Comment by Chris 2

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