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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Ride Civil Tomorrow, Sept. 12

posted by on September 11 at 14:53 PM


Ride Civil—a Bike Hugger project aimed at “promot[ing] civility between motorists, pedestrians and cyclists,” will hold an approximately hour-long ride tomorrow, September 12, starting at 5:30 pm at Westlake Plaza. Ride Civil started in the wake of violence at Critical Mass protests in Seattle and other cities; unlike Critical Massers, Ride Civil riders “signal and stop, smile and wave, ride 2 abreast and yield to pedestrians. We won’t be corking or blocking traffic, just safely cycling our city.”

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So, they're doing what all bicyclists should be doing all the time?

Posted by EmilyP | September 11, 2008 2:52 PM

I'll be there.

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 11, 2008 3:04 PM

congrats emilyp on bringing down the level of discourse immediately! yay for you.

a, for real, congrats to ride civil -- it would be great if the city picked it up and started a city-wide campaign for ride/drive civil, to decrease the hostility between seattle's shitty drivers and careless riders.

hope the idea catches on!

Posted by cranky | September 11, 2008 3:05 PM

Nobody should move anywhere because everyone sucks at it.

Posted by Ziggity | September 11, 2008 3:13 PM

RIGHT ON!! I am driving to work since all you cyclists are going to be wimpy and "nice"!! Enjoy biking for your lives as I plow you down with my Hummer!!!!!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | September 11, 2008 3:18 PM

This sounds like some fun. And I can go for once! I will be there.

Posted by Enigma | September 11, 2008 3:22 PM

In his obnoxious way, Cato@5 is exactly right. What good do these "civil" bicyclists do us if it's a one way conversation? So all the bikers agree to let down their guard, and all the drivers agree to ignore us as usual? Where's the compromise in that? Sounds like a passive affirmation of the broken status quo to me.

Posted by Gurldoggie | September 11, 2008 3:25 PM

Where does it say anything about letting their guard down? They're just going to follow traffic laws.

Posted by w7ngman | September 11, 2008 3:38 PM

that logo is super dumb and superer gay

Posted by jameyb | September 11, 2008 3:47 PM

Ride Civil riders "signal and stop, smile and wave, wear blackface and do a little shuffle."

Posted by Gurldoggie | September 11, 2008 3:55 PM

Why ride civil, when you can ride faster, hippies?

Posted by whatwhat | September 11, 2008 3:58 PM

"So, they're doing what all drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians should be doing all the time?"

Fixed that for you, #1. And yes, that's what they're doing. I think this is a much better idea than Critical Mass, which just seems to piss people off.

To be fair, though, I've been bike commuting for half a day now.

Posted by Ben | September 11, 2008 3:58 PM

bike civil is the democratic party. the people in the yukons & suburbans that plow into them are the GOP.

guess who apologizes?

Posted by max solomon | September 11, 2008 4:10 PM

Well, I think this is a great idea. Whereas CM comes off as more of a big "Fuck You" to everyone not on a bike, this seems like it might actually NOT piss non-cyclists off.

Posted by Hernandez | September 11, 2008 4:14 PM

oh what the fuck ever. i won't hold my breath for "drive civil" day.

Posted by lindsay | September 11, 2008 4:22 PM

Yeah, I'd go, but I'll be hung over from a night of riding like a fucking idiot while drunk with a ton of hooligans on our way to a vomit-encrusted french fry eating contest Screw being civil on a bike, or anywhere really. This blog has taught me that, if it's taught me anything. YOU ARE ALL TO BLAME.

Posted by juris | September 11, 2008 4:28 PM

this makes me think more highly of cyclists. gurldoggie, pentulant children don't get respect.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | September 11, 2008 5:07 PM

At the first red light this group will be cut in half. At the second red light it will be cut into quarters, then eighths, and so on and so on, until there's two people riding on every block in downtown Seattle. Nice idea, but I'm not sure anyone will notice.

Posted by DOUG. | September 11, 2008 5:12 PM

I think that a lot of drivers -- including myself -- drive awarely, Gurldoggie. Civility is a higher state of awareness, in which one can stop and dwell on the nuances of things. I don't like to do that; I like to simply go and have others simply go as well. You know, safely. Me and bikes, ideally, are like ships passing in the night. Each to his or her own business, without the need to stop and slap backs over a successful shared occupation of space.

Drive Aware Day could catch on.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | September 11, 2008 6:05 PM


Better still - how about jointly-sponsored "Ride Civil/Drive Aware Day"? That sounds like an genuine win-win to me!

Can we all sing "Kumbaya" now?

Posted by Mr. X | September 11, 2008 7:24 PM

@18, actually what happened last time was the front half stopped in the middle of the block after losing the back half at the intersection. You know, just like critical mass's early days (the waiting for 2nd group img).

It's impossible to ride (or drive, I'm looking at you funeral processions) in a large group and stay in that large group without blocking traffic.

Posted by Anon | September 11, 2008 9:48 PM

I (and others like me) OWN the road.
Here's the breakdown:
Kings/Queens of the hills & flats: PEDESTRIANS

Jacks: Cyclists

Others in the deck: car drivers

Aces: those who FOLLOW THE RULES (be you foot/wheel/auto-bound)

Car/bike/foot-- Green means GO, yellow means WATCH YER ASS, Red is HALT MF**cker (all of ya!)

Regardless of what mode of transportation/ level of utopia you're in/aiming for-- pay attention to those AROUND YOU!

Think of an intersection as a DMZ-- no one owns it, so pay respect...

(FYI: don't own a car, bike, motobike : I'm a footie...)

Posted by Vlad | September 11, 2008 11:26 PM

What fucking wusses.

Seriously, you need to grow a pair like pedestrians do in the U Dist and Fremont, where we rule the roads and cars live in fear of our might.

Get with the program!

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 11, 2008 11:53 PM

Will, the idea of anyone being afraid of you makes me laugh.

Posted by Donolectic | September 12, 2008 12:35 AM

Aww, you're cute Dono.

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 12, 2008 12:39 AM

Will, you're not a power walker as well, are you?

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | September 12, 2008 10:07 AM

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