Will Cops Ticket Riders at Tonight's Critical Mass? "Maybe, Maybe Not"

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Just two days after Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa called Critical Mass a "critical mess," the suspected organizer of the monthly bicycle rides is asking that cyclists please be responsible and ride safely.

"Riders should act accordingly and try to correct all the criticisms mentioned by the police earlier this week," said Rydel Deed, founder of the Miami Bike Scene, a website that posts the routes for Miami's Critical Mass, in a statement Friday morning.

In a statement Friday morning, Deed asked that cyclists "be courteous to everyone in the community."

See also: Here's the Route for Friday's Critical Mass in Miami

This is after Orosa sent two certified letters to Deed as a "de facto organizer" and asked that he meet with the police department to make the events more organized. Orosa also said organizers and cyclists violating the law could be held "liable" for their actions in the rides.

Whether or not officers will start ticketing at today's ride is unknown.

"It's a surprise. Maybe, maybe not," Orosa said on the matter.

See also: Miami Police Chief: Critical Mass Organizers Could Be Held "Liable" if Ride Continues

For today's ride, cyclists will meet at Government Center at 6:30 p.m. and start the ride at 7:15. Notably, this route will be completely within the city of Miami. Usually, the rides favorite detours are in Coral Gables and Miami Beach, where officers have been more cooperative.

"All eyes appear to be on Miami Critical Mass and it's time for participants to prove the opposition wrong," Deed said.

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Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Miami is a perpetual gridlock, my friend... Ever driven on 836 on weekends?! Whether contractors or county employees, they leave the barricades all weekend, instead of removing them. Still, it's either those barricades or an accident, locals have no ethics at the wheel... Unless they venture out of the county!

Nathalie Gil Rosa
Nathalie Gil Rosa

Why do it the last Friday at rush hours. Change it to the last Saturday or Sunday everyone would enjoy it more. It's like a special event, right?

Michael DeFilippi
Michael DeFilippi

It's just a recipe for disaster. Someday someone is going to snap with road rage and unfortunately something really bad might happen. It's totally preventable but I just see it happening...This should be something that occurs early Saturday or Sunday morning.

Rey Santos
Rey Santos

So all of you think its OK to run red lights and stop traffic for hours ?

Chgo Dave
Chgo Dave

If there impeding traffic being a public nuisance they should

Logic Prophit
Logic Prophit

This is so fucking lame. Using scare tactics to quell Critical Mass way to cop out. Guess now that we're on the road to legalizing Marijuana and gay marriage cops need something new to bust up. Hopefully the city manages to organize some permits and just make it a community thing, instead of this clusterfuck of dick measuring.

Daniel N Glynn
Daniel N Glynn

People actually have jobs and are trying to be productive in life, actually have places to be, actually don't have time to wait for people breaking the law at the stop lights, stop signs, drinking and smoking weed while riding bikes... Anyone that breaks a law better get served...

Familia Ramirez
Familia Ramirez

Miami is anti everything...smh. pro nothing. #truestory

dozier21
dozier21

Instead of name calling and making threats, Miami Police should have provided suggestions to address their concerns. 

As a new arrival, I find the Critical Mass event amazing bringing the community together, many cities would love to have an event like this.

Typical of police departments everywhere, Miami police are out of touch and don't understand of the communities they serve.


What kind of attitude is that "Maybe, maybe not"  who does Orosa think he's dealing with? Hell's Angels? GMAFB

Chris Hind
Chris Hind

no actually Miami is the best one. the others are full of snooty cyclists wearing spandex and old folks

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

It works everywhere in the nation, except Miami... What does that tell us?! People here are always on the edge, ready to cuss at someone on the wheel.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Where can I pick up a cheap trailer for my bicycle? I need something to haul my beer cooler around.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

@dozier21 "Orosa sent two certified letters to Deed as a "de facto organizer" and asked that he meet with the police department to make the events more organized."


Perhaps event organizers should go ahead and meet with the police department?

dozier21
dozier21

@HarryTheHandyman @dozier21 Perhaps they should. But the point is that after several years of the ride, Miami Police have now taken a threatening position as if "Critical Mass" are a bunch of law breaking "anarchists" selling beer from a bike who are out to terrorize the civilian population of Miami by causing mass mayhem.


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