A local man’s documentary history of the Critical Mass movement in Portland will premiere May 23 at the Clinton Street Theater.
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)
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 … Read more
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, … Read more
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.
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 … Read more
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”.
(Photos © Jonathan Maus) The other day I met someone who claimed to have gotten more tickets while on their bicycle than anyone else in town. While I don’t think that’s anything to be proud of, I did think it was an interesting story and I was curious to know more. I asked the person, … Read more
Portland Critical Mass, August 2005.(File photo) While bouncing around some bike links the other day, I came across a story published yesterday in the L.A.Times about the age old question over the intentions and impacts of Critical Mass. That debate is nothing new, but at the end of the article the writer mentioned a ride … Read more