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Monday, August 31, 2015

Video: Critical Mass Cyclists Lash Out at Motorist in the Marina

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 9:48 AM

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Last Friday’s Critical Mass ride took a dark turn in the Marina.

A YouTube video shows a cadre of cyclists riding against traffic on Marina Boulevard at Lyon Street on Friday night. When a Zipcar apparently failed to stop in advance of oncoming cyclists, several bikers surrounded the car and taunted the driver.

“You fucking hit my bike,” one outraged cyclist shouts. “Selfish bitch,” another chimes in.

The cyclists attempt to form a kind of human barricade around the car, but the driver manages to back up and attempts to squeeze past the bikers — that’s when things turn ugly. One cyclist slams the side of the car several times with a U-lock, and apparently smashes the driver’s side window. The Zipcar finally speeds off into the night.

This is the latest (and perhaps most egregious) salvo in the ongoing showdown between cyclists and motorists in San Francisco. The debate over the so-called Idaho Stop, which saw a much publicized protest on the Wiggle last month, along with a (now shelved) crackdown on cyclists from Park Station Captain John Sanford, has re-energized bike activism in the city.

While Critical Mass cyclists are generally benign, Friday’s event violated two of the self-proclaimed rules of Critical Mass: Don’t ride into oncoming traffic on the wrong side of the road, and don’t pick fights with motorists, even (especially) if they’re itching for one.

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