2006-04-28 CM Stronger Than Ever

For Immediate Release
April 28, 2006


CRITICAL MASS IS STRONGER THAN EVER, BESIDES NYPD’S FAILED ATTEMPTS TO STOP THE RIDE.

Critical Mass Riders continue to come each month despite being subject to over 20 months of false arrests, excessive police enforcement and unfounded police surveillance.


7:00 PM - MANHATTAN CRITICAL MASS RIDE
Tonight, Friday, April 28th.
Participants meet at Union Square Park and elsewhere

9:00 PM - VIDEO FOOTAGE COLLECTION & CONVERGENCE AT THE SPACE FOR RIDE PARTICIPANTS AND PRESS FOLLOWING CRITICAL MASS
Tonight, Friday, April 28th
TIME’S UP! Space, 49 East Houston St. (between Mott & Mulberry)

New York, NY (April 28, 2006) - With the cold weather and threat of arrests behind the riders, a large turnout is predicted for tomorrow night's Critical Mass Ride - anywhere from 500-1000 riders are expected to start from Union Square and other parts of Manhattan.

During the past winter months, the Manhattan Critical Mass there actually saw an increase in riders from the past year. On the last ride, March 31st, the police gave tickets instead of arresting riders and continued the overkill in the police force just as in other rides. However, there were still over 400 riders who rode for over two hours.

"This group of cyclists is determined to keep coming back and standing their ground that cyclists have the right to be on the road, same as motor vehicles, without permit. They just want to bring attention to the unsafe conditions for cyclists. They are riding in numbers for safety," says Judy Ross, frequent participant of the monthly Manhattan & Brooklyn Critical Mass rides.