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Critical Mass: Bicycling's Defiant Celebration [Paperback]

By Chris Carlsson (Editor)
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Monthly in cities around the world, bicyclists take over the streets in an "organized coincidence" called Critical Mass. Riding along several hundred strong, hooting and hollering, whistling, laughing and singing; it is a coup on wheels, a clever tactical strike against our oil-dependent culture. Containing writings from participants worldwide, this colorful book bundles together 10 years of legendary debates, photographs, artwork, and life-transforming experiences evolving from the celebratory, visionary revolt on bicycles called Critical Mass.

Chris Carlsson is a founder and editor of the notorious underground magazine, Processed World, and the director of the historical multimedia project, Shaping San Francisco. He was recently awarded the Golden Wheel Award by the San Francisco Bike Coalition for founding Critical Mass in 1992.

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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2002
Publisher   AK Press
ISBN  1902593596  
ISBN13  9781902593593  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Chris Carlsson is a writer, editor, and historian. Among others, he is the author of Nowtopia (AK Press) and the editor of The Political Edge (City Lights), Critical Mass: Bicycling's Defiant Celebration (AK Press), and Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco, 1968-78 (City Lights).

Chris Carlsson was born in 1957.

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Down with global warming, fascist oil wars and corporate globalization!  Mar 23, 2006
This joyful book should be mandatory reading! Simply put, our county's oil addiction and car culture are destroying our planet, contributing to air pollution, deforestation, urban sprawl, social alienation and war, not to mention roadkill. (Did you know that cars are the number 1 cause of the Florida panther's decline?) While biodiesel should be promoted instead of gas, it really does not alleviate the majority of social ills caused by the vehicle itself, like the atomizing of people inside steel boxes or the clear-cutting of forests to make way for parking lots and strip malls. In contrast, bikes promote community, healthy living, ecological sustainability, anti-capitalism and peace. So, dump your car and hit the streets with your friends and lovers. Enjoy the sunlight on your face, the wind in your hair and the music of birds!
Get a Life  Nov 21, 2002
[Another reviewer] did not review this book; he is only stating his closed-minded opinion about its content and its message. He has obviuosly never participated in a Critical Mass ride, his uninformed opinion about the people that do participate is just that, and I doubt the time he spends on his bicycle as 'an avid cyclist' occurs anywhere near the crowded streets of a large urban city in America. Although some of the writing in this book is a little rough, as a result of being a collection of many short essays by untrained writers, this book does an excellent job of capturing the spirit and energy of Critical Mass rides throughout the world, through the eyes and words of participants. Think of Critical Mass as the civil rights movement for urban cyclists, who are just plain tired of being threatened and endangered by rude and inconsiderate motorists, discriminated against by politicians, transportation planners, engineers and bureaucrats, the police and the entrenched dinosaur known as American car culture, which strangles and disfigures America's public spaces with noise, pollution, and violent death, and whose ever-increasing consumption of fossil fuel is driving us to war in the Middle East. Critical Mass is urban bicyclists reclaiming America's streets and other public spaces from the stranglehold of the SUV and the automobile in what is probably the largest civil disobedience movement in this country since the southern civil rights movement and the anti-war protests of the l960s. If you won't ride your bicycle in the city because you don't feel safe riding in traffic, read this book, find out the time and location of the nearest Critical Mass ride, get on your bicycle and bring a friend with a bicycle, and reclaim your public streets from the tyranny and hegemony of the automobile.
Critical Mess  Nov 17, 2002
Being an avid cyclist, I became interested in the phenomenon called Critical Mass after reading Travis Culley's excellent book. Apparently, large groups of cyclists take to the streets, blocking traffic in some type of protest in various cities around the world. This book is a collection of articles about these events written by different authors, many of whom participated in Critical Mass. It will give the reader a insight into why these idiots do this activity, but don't expect anything too profound. Once the reader begins to comprehend what is behind these rallies, the fact will become clear that it is fueled by the usual liberal imbeciles whom are behind most organized protests. There is some humor to be found in the articles and are worth reading, but overall this is a documentary of an activity which is the product of bored liberals, with too much time on their hands. I'm not surprised that San Francisco is a hotbed of this foolishness. I'll bet if one were to investigate, it would be revealed that bike messengers and professional envoirnmentalists are behind this nonsense. Some of the articles in this book are well written, but overall I would not recommend this book for responsible bikers.

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