TRANSPORTATION FOR LIVEABLE COMMUNITIES presents STILL WE RIDETHURSDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2005
Ewart Angus Centre 1A1
STILL WE RIDE is an action-packed glimpse into a shocking showdown between the monthly Critical Mass bike ride and police in New York City.
On Friday August 27, 2004 in New York City, just days before the start of the Republican National Convention, 264 people were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and 'parading without a permit' during the monthly bicycle celebration, Critical Mass.
The ritual began in 1992 in San Francisco and has since spread around the world to over 300 cities. The August crackdown in NYC was the beginning of an ongoing effort to suppress free assembly for group rides.
The monthly cycle of arrests and bicycle seizures has forced the bike community into a legal battle with the city and politicized the very act of riding a bike.
Though the tactics of the NYPD against Critical Mass might seem like a somewhat isolated and case of police harassment of bicyclists, it has far-reaching implications. Still We Ride just might be a wake-up call to those who still believe we are living in a free society.
Information on the campaigns to stop the arrests will be available. NYC's cycling community hopes that people can report back to their own networks and communities to build cyclist solidarity around these issues.
You can find more info at the Still We Ride website: www.stillweridethemovie.com