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Jan. 28, 2005: CulturePulp rides with the pro-bicycling activists of Critical Mass. (Special guest cyclist: Portland Mayor Tom Potter.)

Endnotes and Digressions:

1. Now, in all fairness to said propaganda film, I did learn a lot about Critical Mass -- about its origins in the Bay Area, about CM’s ongoing battles with public officials (who had no idea what they were up against), and also that the phrase “Critical Mass” comes from a documentary about global bike transit called “Return of the Scorcher.”

You can learn more online, at a loose affiliation of sites that includes, and the local site,

2. I was told by a participant that Mayor Potter (who apparently quit the ride before the Burnside Bridge) rode a recumbent Ebike procured from Coventry Cycle Works. This information may be completely inaccurate.

3. Wanna ride? The group meets at 5:30 p.m. on the last Friday of each month in Portland’s North Park Blocks.

4. Grey-tones for this installment by Chad Essley.

Lettering too small? Download a high-rez PDF of CulturePulp 022 right here: CulturePulp022.pdf

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