The Bicycle Civil Liberties Union urges you to:

Congratulations, we SAVED NEW YORK CRITICAL MASS FROM THE INJUNCTION! Judge's decision:


Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2004 15:37:33 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Save NYC CM!  -- INJUNCTION against riding!!!

Outrageous!  I've heard of injunctions against police from harassing 
Critical Mass, but this is the reverse and a serious outrage.  Please send 
a fax asap if you can.

[forward from another list]

This just in from Wendy Brawer at Green Map in New York City.  My letter
follows Wendy's message.

Wendy Brawer [web account at site]
hi friends,

An injunction has just put out against New York City's Critical Mass. This 
is the monthly pro-bike ride that is now attracting up to 5000 people. 
They say we are blocking traffic, yet we all know bicyclers are traffic & 
that they should be encouraging more cycling for a healthier 
less-congested city.  If you support the Critical Mass and don't want to 
see mass arrests this friday (it's the extra fun Halloween ride this 
friday, starting at 7pm Union Square North), there's some things you can 
do, the most important is having a packed hearing room!

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you can also read the injunction at -- and
yes, this impacts many kinds of processions and gatherings...

You can also write a letter of support by tonight to Judge Pauley:

Honorable William H Pauley III
United States District Court
500 Pearl Street
New York, NY 10038

The letters should explain who you are, what you do and why you think that 
Critical Mass is important, or why you choose to ride in it (you can add 
how many years you have taken part, what groups you are involved with, 
etc). Please drop it off at the bike convergence space, 49 E Houston 
tonight, or you can fax it to my machine (by 9:30 pm EST) & I will take it 
over for you -- 212 674 6206 (no cover sheet needed)

You need not be a New Yorker to respond ASAP!
spread the word, many thanks, Wendy


[someone's personal message to inspire you]

Honorable William H Pauley III
United States District Court
500 Pearl Street
New York, NY 10038

October 26, 2004

Dear Honorable William H. Pauley:

I am a resident of Portland, Oregon.  In the summer of 2003, I took my 
first trip to New York City.  This is a trip every American citizen should 
have the opportunity to experience. I saw the Statue of Liberty and 
Stanton Island. I walked throughout the city and ate more than my fair 
share of delicious pizza (we don~Rt have that in Portland~E). I saw in 
person the sites I had seen so many times only in movies.

However, the most memorable part of my entire trip was a bicycle ride 
through the city, with hundreds of other bicycle riders.  This is how I 
first saw Times Square.  We waved, passers by clapped, they cheered, and 
children squealed in glee.  Thank you New York!  This was an amazing way 
to see your city.

Critical Mass is an international phenomenon.  It does not require a 
committee, a budget, or any funding.  In around 400 cities world wide (and 
many on the last Friday of the month), people gather to ride their 
bicycles in celebration of bicycles as transportation.

When I ride a Critical Mass ride, I have a strong sense that I am somehow 
connected to people in Poland, South Africa, Israel, Japan, Bolivia, 
Barcelona, Milan~E Bankers, lawyers, homeless, artists and bus drivers 
ride together spanning ages from one year to 70 years.  This is a rare 
opportunity in our culture for such a broad group of people to meet each 
other and share ideas and experiences.  Across cultures and socio-economic 
backgrounds, Critical Mass brings people together for a celebration.

It was brought to my attention that an injunction has just put out against 
New York City's Critical Mass.  This is a waste of city resources and 
funds.  I urge you to allow Critical Mass to continue, as it has been 
successfully doing internationally for over 11 years.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


[someone who sent this personally]

For more information about this campaign, please contact Jason Meggs, at (510) 486-1528 or by emailing the "jmeggs" account at site

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