Collective Bike Rides Tell a New Story about Justice on the Streets

Stephen Snell explains how bike-riding collectives change the story about the use of public space.

"By endowing a place with a story, we change it for our audience," writes Snell.

Collective, politically-motivated rides, such as Critical Mass, "[attempt] to rejig the sense of ownership, to tell a different story about the city."

"Streets can be owned and operated publicly, but they’re only public in the true sense if the public has equal access to them, without discrimination based on desired mode of transportation. Riding collectives subvert the automobile’s authority, and also symbolically critique the economic system by lessening the efficiency of automobile transport."

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