Critical Mass, Parody, and the Responsibilities of the LAPD
Responding to the poster put out last week by the LAPD inviting themselves to Critical Mass, at least one rider wasn’t impressed. Rider Plebis Power, roughly translated to Power of the People, posted a poster at Biking in L.A. that both lampooned the LAPD’s flyer and made the point that the bad relationship between the LAPD and the cycling community is hardly just the fault of cyclists. Where the LAPD creates a list of infractions that will earn cyclists a ticket tomorrow; Power writes a list of "incidents" caused by the LAPD at "recent group rides."
Ted Rogers, the Biking in L.A. author, writes that even the LAPD officer who created the original flyer found it amusing.