Streetfilms: San Francisco Halloween Mass

Before heading down to LA, Streetfilms’ Clarence Eckerson took a ride with what some are calling the largest Critical Mass in history, last Friday’s San Francisco Critical Mass.  Dressed as a bee, Clarence manages to find several other bees, people dressed as everything from the police and even random people screaming out their support for Obama and public transportation.

At his Streetfilms’ post, Clarence notes how the hands off nature of the police leads to a safe and fun ride as opposed to a confrontational or dangerous one that we have seen elsewhere; despite the literally thousands of cyclists taking part in the ride.  More evidence that the "tactics" of the Santa Monica Police Department are counterproductive at best.

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