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May 05, 2005

Green Party silent in response to Cycling Dude

Last month, when I wrote about Critical Mass, I left a series of comments to an article on the excellent BikeBlog Velorution: Tampering with the evidence.

I had hoped to bring CM supporters, who read his blog, out of hiding in open support of the movement, and to defend the subversive politics of many who use CM events for non-cycling purposes.

No-one bit.

I wonder why?

The other day I wrote about the Green Party coming out in support of CM, and decided to write the organization about my coverage of the movement, and invite the leaders to respond.

The response was instructive.

Here is the letter I wrote:

To: Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator
      Nancy Allen, Media Coordinator
      

Dear Scott, and Nancy,

My name is Kiril Kundurazieff, and I am a
Recreational Road Bicyclist, and Commuter, who
lives in Costa Mesa, Ca..

I write a Blog on my cycling interest.

It is known as
The Cycling Dude.

You can learn about its purpose
here.

I have been following Critical Mass for a couple
of years, and don't think very highly of the
movement.

Your recent Press Release came to my attention
tonite, and I blogged about it in the latest in a
long list of entries on the movement.

I thought you might find it, and the rest of my
reporting on CM, so far, to be of
interest.

Feel free to let all the other fine folk listed
on your website Contact Page know of the above.

You all should feel free to leave comments where
ever ya want.

I think my readers would be very curious as to
what you have to say.

Sincerely yours,

Mr. Kiril Kundurazieff

Costa Mesa, Ca.

Putting the ING in BICYCLING since January 2003!

I could have sent the e-mail to everyone on their contact page, but settled on those who published the Press Release figuring that they would share the letter with the others, even if no-one responded.

I KNEW what sort of response I would get, if a response was to be forth coming, and was not disappointed.

So far I have received 1 reply:

Dear Kiril

Thank you for sending us the link.

I have no response to your blog entry.

Have a nice day.

Scott

No response, he says...

I wonder why?

I wonder if he, or Nancy, passed my letter on, or just tossed it in the trash.

I, and others with more resources, and contacts, won't go away just because we are ignored.

We will continue to report on, and write about, Critical Mass, and if participants, and supporters, wish to continue ignoring, or white-washing, the aspects of the movement we report about that are so disturbing then so be it.

I'll report that fact as well.

One of the projects I'm setting for myself is to explore the links to CM that I have in my sidebar, and comment on the good, the bad, and the ugly that I find there.

When I first began reporting on CM, some supporters challenged me to do just that in some comments, and e-mails, but life intervened, and for various reasons I never had the time to devote to the effort.

That is about to change.

The public, bicyclist, and non-bicyclist, needs to be made more aware of what CM is up to, and just who comes out in support of it, and why.

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THANK YOU!

I am ALONE no longer!

A few months ago, after letting my membership in Granite State Wheelmen (NH) expire I emailed them and asked if Conservatives are welcome.

I was hoping for an "all opinions are welcome" but what I got was a defensive "who, us?"

They denied it in the same way the mainstream media denies being biased to the left.

Like I always say, "you don't taste the air you have been breathing all of your life, either".

Is it OK just to want to do an organized ride without having to badger friends and family for $$?

Scott
Nashua NH

Posted by: Scott | May 26, 2006 7:22:29 PM

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