I’ve never been on a Critical Mass ride. Frankly my bike comes out rather too occasionally, and I think I’d be struggling to maintain the pace. But I was amused on Friday to hear that they were planning another ride on the tollway — this time over the Bolte Bridge.
Some talkback radio hosts began foaming at the mouth, and state opposition leader Robert Doyle demanded that action be taken. Not sure what he was hoping for — police to use mass amounts of capsicum spray on them perhaps. Funny, we don’t hear similar screaming when protestors regularly block Bourke or Swanston Streets, something that delays many thousands more people.
Transport networks are susceptible to this kind of interruption, far more commonly from accidents than protest. And sometimes it’s just too many people travelling at once. Most of us hear the warnings, make alternative plans, possibly suffer a delay, and get on with our lives. I reckon it’s a small price to pay for living in a free and democratic society.
Oh dear. Did I write something startingly similar to this the last time it happened? Better check…