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Portland Police ended Critical Mass. They should do the same to the Trump caravan

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 4th, 2020 at 3:25 pm

Critical Mass participants being arrested in downtown Portland in April 2006.
(Photos: Kerrke Yu / Indymedia)

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Organizers enthused about resurgent Critical Mass

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 30th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Portland is poised to enter a new era of bike activism; and it might look a lot like the old one.

After laying dormant for over six years, Critical Mass appears to be showing real signs of life. People who were at the ride this past Friday night have expressed enthusiasm and optimism about how it went and it’s already on the calendar again next month.
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Critical Mass returns (at least in name)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 27th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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Critical Mass in Portland, June 2005.
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)

After years of telling people that Critical Mass was dead in Portland, it seems I might have to start telling a different story. Tonight, after a nearly six-year hiatus the well-known tactic of bike-centric street activism will return — at least in name if not in form.
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‘Aftermass’ documentary, about Critical Mass in Portland, will open May 23

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on March 25th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

A promotional image for the film.

A local man’s documentary history of the Critical Mass movement in Portland will premiere May 23 at the Clinton Street Theater, Southeast 26th and Clinton.

“It tells the story of how advocacy and activism coalesced to create Portland’s bicycle network over the last 40 years,” Aftermass filmmaker Joe Biel wrote in an email.

Biel began filming the story of the monthly urban bike ride, which mixed fun and activism, in 2009. Among other things, he scored a pre-candidacy interview with future Mayor Charlie Hales, who twice checked out Critical Mass by joining it anonymously while he served on city council 15 years ago. We’ve covered the making of this film, and parts of the story it tells, for years, so it’s exciting to see it on the big screen at last.

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It’s the 20th anniversary of Critical Mass: What it meant in Portland then and now

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 28th, 2012 at 9:44 am

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There were only about a dozen people on this Critical Mass ride in January 2008, which to my knowledge is the last time it actually happened.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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‘Mein Fiets’: Hitler on Critical Mass and Portland’s bike scene

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 8th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Watch Hitler expound on
Portland’s bike scene in
the video below.
(Still from the movie Downfall)

Portland filmmaker Joe Biel has collaborated with veteran local bike scene participant Allan Folz on Mien Fiets, a short video that attempts to explain what has happened to bike activism in Portland since the demise of Critical Mass (a ride that once rallied locals in the hundreds, now barely even exists).

Mein Fiets, a crowd favorite at Filmed by Bike where it debuted back in April, was made by using a creative translation of the oft-parodied bunker scene from the 2004 film Downfall about the last 10 days of Adolf Hitler. [Read more…]

Halloween is the time to celebrate bike fun (or mourn it)

Avatar by on October 28th, 2009 at 9:00 am

Gabe Tiller and his coffin bike.
(Photos © J. Maus)

They say that Portland’s Critical Mass is dead.

Now they’re saying that the days of bike fun are numbered.

If that’s true, Jacque Authier intends to send it out with a bang (and maybe resuscitate it in the process). She’s announced the Halloween Procession for Poor, Dead Bike Fun this Friday, October 30th meeting at 5:45pm under the west end of the Morrison Bridge.

Here’s how Authier describes the ride:
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Updated: Movie trailer: What happened to Critical Mass in Portland?

Avatar by on February 15th, 2009 at 11:13 am

What has happened to Critical Mass in Portland?

A trailer has just been completed for a forthcoming documentary that will explore that question: A Post Critical Mass Portland: Living in a Post-Revolutionary Bicycle Age. You can watch it here:

A Post-Critical Mass Portland: Living in a Post-Revolutionary Bicycle Age from Joe Biel on Vimeo.

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A small, yet re-energized Critical Mass

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 28th, 2008 at 9:29 am

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Friday’s Critical Mass in downtown Portland.
More photos here
(Photos © Jonathan Maus)

Around 60 Portlanders remembered Critical Mass last Friday. While that number may seem low, it was the biggest turnout the ride has seen in many months.

After seeing signs of a resurgence, I showed up to Friday’s ride (for the first time in over a year) to see how it would go. [Read more…]

Remember Critical Mass?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 25th, 2008 at 10:03 am

January Critical Mass flyer

Flyer for this month’s Critical Mass.

Critical Mass — that enigmatic, fun, controversial, “defiant celebration” of bikes as traffic — has been all but missing from Portland’s bike scene lately.

The theories about its demise vary, but in the last year or so it seems to have lost its mojo here in “Bike City USA”.[Read more…]