Midnight Movie: Legally Causing Traffic in Santa Monica
Last Friday night in Santa Monica, bicyclists-turned-temporary-pedestrians gathered and protested what they believe is harassment from the city towards monthly Critical Mass bicycles rides. At their latest ride on August 1st, 14 police officers were deployed to monitor the ride resulting in at least nine citations (unofficial counts totaled up to 14).
In response to that, around 60 bicyclists planned and executed some civil disobedience by causing traffic jams last Friday night. What they did was legally walk across streets at marked crosswalks in large groups causing, at the most, 3 to 4-block long traffic jams on Wilshire Blvd. Police showed up twice, but did not take any action.