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Sunday, December 12, 2004

New York Critical Mass - article from NY Press

Legs in the Prize
'With their very bodies they obstructed the wheels of injustice.'
This is how African-American civil rights pioneer James Farmer describes the actions of the men and women who, in 1960, put their lives on the line to sit in at segregated lunch counters and public facilities throughout the South. Today, Farmer's words just as easily refer to the 112,000 New Yorkers who use a bicycle as transportation each day. Thanks to the lunch-counter moment of August's 5000-rider Critical Mass and the city's crackdown on all cyclists since then, there is a new civil rights movement underway. This time the sit-in takes place on the seat of a bicycle.