Probably most agree in some sense to the (un)official line: “CM is a monthly bicycle ride to celebrate cycling and to assert cyclists’ right to the road.”
However, as the last few posts hash-out, it means lots of different things both expressions on an individual level as well as the overall group statement. So yeah, there are two ways to look at it, what it means to YOU/why YOU go at all, and what the mass means for cycle advocacy and such when everyone participates in it.
Sometimes though, individual choices can influence the overall thing, right? As far as PGHCM goes, I find myself agreeing with the following quote (I’m not sure if this is what you had in mind stevek):
“Some CM riders try to tie up traffic as much as possible and be otherwise confrontational with motorists. Such riders are missing the point about CM is a celebration of cycling, not a war against motorists. CM is about asserting our right to the road, not denying others their right to the road. Those who want to play juvenile games are encouraged to stay at home instead.”
(Taken from critical-mass.info)
Don’t look now, but I just told people what CM is (not) about. Or maybe I just told people what only I think it SHOULD not be about. Is it allowed?