I’m really sorry to hear about this and that it regards someone I know. This is exactly what happened in philly when I stopped doing critical masses there.
The rides need to be tighter, more organized and less contentious. Spreading riders across three lanes of traffic on a busy thoroughfare in Oakland and inviting drivers to try and shoot the gaps is real fuckin dangerous. We can make room for traffic while promoting visibility to cycling and not looking like total assholes to motorists and the police.
Sounds like this driver was way out of line and dangerous but we know that many drivers here in Pittsburgh are. So why are we inviting catastrophe on ourselves we have enough just riding along.