Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on August 25th, 2006 at 7:24 am
Rising Tide North America is an activist group that raises awareness for the “root causes of climate change.” Tonight, the group is using our monthly Critical Mass ride—and 28 others around the U.S. and Canada—to raise awareness for their cause and to draw attention to the anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
According to the official press release (PDF):
“From Los Angeles to Toronto, an estimated 2,500 riders will hit the streets to remind the public about the plight of Katrina survivors while fundraising for advocacy groups. The ride will draw attention to the links between fossil fuels, climate change, and destructive hurricanes.
Riders will be talking to drivers and pedestrians about the intersection of race, class and environmental issues. Sporting “gas-free” bicycles, the riders will highlight the connection between the oil industry and the ongoing hardship in the Gulf Coast.”
Organizers of this event will be happy to know that due to cooperation between cyclists and the Portland Police Bureau, recent Critical Mass rides have included only one motorized vehicle and 9-10 bicycle cops.
Portland Critical Mass happens the last Friday of every month. Riders meet at the North Park Blocks at 5:30 between Couch and Burnside. The ride leaves at 6:00.