Life Is Not A Never-Ending Critical Mass Ride

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Summary

James Liu, a cyclist who was handcuffed and arrested for disorderly conduct after he hit an SUV swerving into the bike lane with his hand, was found guilty of the charge in a hearing Thursday. The SUV's driver was an off-duty cop. DNAinfo/Stephanie Lulay

James Liu, a cyclist who was handcuffed and arrested for disorderly conduct after he hit an SUV swerving into the bike lane with his hand, was found guilty of the charge in a hearing Thursday. The SUV’s driver was an off-duty cop. DNAinfo/Stephanie Lulay


TakeAways

James Liu lost his hearing and is being forced to pay a $250 fine. This is what should have happened and I am glad that it has. Cyclists here in Chicago are sometimes ‘batshit crazy‘ and need to have their reality meters reset.

In a town where gun shots are as prominent as car backfire noises you do not lose your fucking mind and decide to beat on someone’s car. Save that shit for your next Critical Mass Ride. But even then you should think twice about doing that. And if you are a ‘nigger‘ don’t bother. Some white dude will shoot your ugly ass dead and claim he was in fear of his life not realizing that the loud double tap on his roof or window was not from a gun but perhaps your U-Lock. #BlackLivesMatter will have another place to run a protest and I will be standing there wondering what the fuck made you think that an ‘elitist‘ movement included your fucking black ass?

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One day the Critical Mass Ride here in Chicago is going to convince some ‘white boy‘ that smacking cars (with a U-Lock) like they did in San Francisco during their Critical Mass Ride is a great way to make the papers. And some guy from a street gang in a lowrider with tinted windows is going to empty his clip into the son-of-a-bitch and drive off. Folks this is real life, not a Fast and Furious movie being shot on location.

I noted that several folks were trying to congratulate Mr. Liu for standing up for the rights of all cyclists. Bullshit! You fuckers needed to have been on the buses during the 1960s Freedom Rides and seen just how brave you could be when facing down the barrel of some KKK members gun. This petty shit you are doing these day is little more than grandstanding. Grow up or move out to Portland where people can more readily appreciate your antics.

Imaging The Outrage…

I am more convinced than ever that cyclists need to have a check placed on their behavior. Right now they get to misbehave in an anonymous way because they cannot be identified. Slap a license plate on their bikes and all the car body rapping stops.

Slicing through the pedestrian crosswalk stops if your boss can be called and you get reported in the same way that you love to report bus drivers. It is time to bell the cat.

But think about it this way. If people on the streets took to slapping your messenger bag or using an umbrella to rap your handlebars or rear fender because you did something they did not find positively affecting their safety, how would you take it?

Stop and ask yourselves if your behavior is not a bit over the top. Why is that? Are you beginning to turn aggressive in response to the fear and loathing you have for automobile traffic or all the pedestrians that roam the bike lanes? If so then perhaps you need to consider taking the bus a few months to let your equilibrium return because if you go around banging on people’s cars you can at best get your fucking head bashed in, if not shot through with a bullet. This is Chi-Raq.

Behave as if you are in a war zone and you will live longer and happier lives.