Critical Mass DC rode on the evening of December 27, getting a surprisingly good turnout for a winter ride. Critical Mass rides now depart Dupont Circle at about 8PM on the last Friday of every month.
This ride wound through the streets and climbed Capitol Hill for a stopover at Upper Senate Park. The next phase of the ride high-speeded it up Constitution Ave and ended up at the Kennedy Center.
Security guards at the Kennedy Center harassed riders, with one guard charging out at a pack of dozens of riders yelling “stop.” Some kind of accomomdation led to most riders walking their bikes. At that point I headed out, as for riders to dismount in the face of attack made them vulnerable if the security goons decided they wanted to escalate their harassment. These guards have a reputation for harassing cyclists, but may have bitten off more than they could chew last night.
RELATED: Kennedy Center security harassed patrons parking bikes in 2011, probably they still do. If you ride, I advise boycotting Kennedy Center events over the harassment of patrons for locking bikes to street signs on PUBLIC sidewalks.