This account of the Critical Mass bike ride comes from a Tattler reader:
I was a part of the entire Critical Mass ride last Friday afternoon.
Although I don't agree with everyone's attitude towards sharing the road
(or lack of) I thought overall it was an enjoyable ride. I'm one of
those bikers that really tries my best to look out for everyone. There
was one moment however for me that crossed the line. Unfortunately it
involved a CTA bus.
street going eastbound just east of Noble ave at roughly around 8:15pm a
#70 driver crossed the line in the safety of others. I can understand
completely that this driver does not want to fall behind schedule, nor
delay the passengers. However the operator should have just stopped the
vehicle and waited.
This driver pulled out of the stop at Noble in the
right lane into strictly hundreds of cyclists. The operator continued to
try to get up to speed and push at least 20 to 25 mph for about a block
before myself and another rider put ourselves in front of the bus to
slow the driver down for everyone's safety. I almost never pull this
type of move. The driver was simply going way to fast for how many
cyclists were riding right next to the bus beside in the street.
actually sort of shocked. I'm not trying to single out bus operators
either. I ride buses, and I ride a bike. I've chatted with a lot of
operators. A lot of them really care about us, and I try so hard to cut
them slack. There was lot of positive support during the ride from many
operators (particularly on the 72 north!) who were all safe and
positive. They get it. But this #70 driver pushed it too far.
I really regret not grabbing the run number, or the fleet number of
the bus (it was a New Flyer). Wish I had. The more I thought about the
situation later, the more I was displeased with this operators decision
to push the limit of safety to keep on schedule. I've been a part of a
number of CM rides over the passed 3 years and this was a first. They
should of just stopped and waited.
Here's the Tattler again: Meanwhile, in Portland, Ore., a bus driver there stops publishing his popular blog after his controversial "kill this bicyclist" post.
There are two sides to every story.