I live in San Francisco. San francisco although small in size is definitely what i would still consider a big city. Yes it has a dense population Yes it is a civic and international destination. And yes… randomness like this does still (for the time being) still occur.
Let me set the scene for you… We (our household) has two issues we are dealing with in regards to harassment.
Tonight was AMAZING!! For all those that know me, know how difficult time I have been having with the changes in the city and general selling out / gentrification of my dear town. Well, all, tonight I was able to finally feel some relief and actual general bliss and total happiness!
Maybe it is the approx. 20 miles I have peddled in and across and back of SF tonight. Could be just exercise high, or it could be the awesomeness that was the people and partakers (that means you two cars on market that were stopped with doors open and music blarin and them dancing while watching a parade of at LEAST 6000 bicycles stop them in their tracks!).
The 2 roommates that went with me were lost right away. It it did t matter. It was not individuals riding but one giant breathing entity that worked with thank you’s, non verbal commands and general dignity of class. The old kind. The kind u cant buy!
Tonight I felt the flicker of the SF I fell in love with growing up but specifically, 20 years ago in this town. It gives me hope that our true spirit still lies within!
On a final note, i do have to say that a little piece of me does feel good taking our place on the roads and making those cars have to wait. They never see bikes as an equal person in transport on the roads. They are bigger so they are more important. Not so on Critical Mass nights. So, you get 29 or 30 days a month and we get 1 evening. Seems fair enough.