BikeRumor posted a Q & A about Courteous Mass today. It’s a group ride similar to Critical Mass with at least one big difference: Participants are encouraged to obey traffic laws.
One of the things that means is no “corking” — blocking traffic to allow the mass of riders to remain together.
While keeping a group of riders together may be important in some cases, the effect with Critical Mass, as I see it, is to needlessly antagonize other lawful users of the road.
Trust me, I’d love nothing more than to see laws passed that make driving the difficult and expensive choice. I have no desire to make life easy for drivers (myself included on the few occasions when I drive). But until the day we’re consistently calming traffic, it seems to me that antagonizing drivers is just asking for trouble. We live in a car-centric culture. Which way do you think the backlash will go?