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Driver Runs Over Cyclists in Critical Mass - Porto Alegre, Brazil

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2/28/2011 10:16 AM

This past Friday in Porto Alegre, Brazil, there was a terrible attack on an otherwise peaceful Critical Mass ride. During the ride, a crazed driver literally drove right through the crowd. Riders piled up on the car's hood before being thrown to the pavement. Surprisingly, no one was killed but 8 people were taken to the hospital.

If you want to, you can watch the terrifying video of the driver below. But PLEASE BE WARNED, it's pretty upsetting. I watched it so you don't have to.

Why do some drivers feel the urge to do something like this?

2/28/2011 10:37 AM

Something similar happened in San Diego a couple years ago on a Critical Mass ride. One dude was in the hospital for a few weeks after being dragged under an impatient driver's SUV. now the cops drive with the crowds to prevent bullshit like this from happening.


2/28/2011 10:51 AM

It's good for the motorist to disappear... It's unbelievable what he did... looked like pure rage, because he couldn't pass the riders... it seems he'd be better of heading to the police, cause they'll protect him, as you can see by the last words... i think the majority would like to see him having a similar accident.... no words for that


2/28/2011 11:55 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/28/2011 12:23 PM

what a douche. that guy needs to get beat


2/28/2011 12:45 PM

I believe that I read earlier today that he is is claiming "self defense" as these cyclists were "acting agressively" and he feared for his 15 year old son that was in the car with him.

I think 20+ counts of aggrevated assault will be a more likely outcome...though I hear the justice system in Brazil isn't too keen to cyclists so who knows...

On another note, are these Critical Mass rides really accomplishing anything? It seems to me, especially in cases like this, that these rides have the potential to cause more harm than good by furthering the gap between motorists and cyclists, almost taking a step backward in cyclist/motorist relations.


2/28/2011 1:35 PM

This guy is obviously guilty of a serious crime and will deservedly end up in jail.

BUT, ever since I found out what a critical mass was I thought it sounded more like a critical pain in the ass. Let me provide an example that might speak to you a little bit. Lets say the hikers on your local trail network thought that mountain bikes were marginalizing them as a user group, whizzing by and creating noise and such. As a solution, they organize a massive hike to clog up the trails and refuse to let cyclists past. Sound like a useful plan you? Think you might be annoyed if you were trying to get a ride in that day? All these stupid things do is exacerbate the conflict between bikes and cars, this result should not be a surprise.


2/28/2011 3:03 PM

What the hell goes through some peoples minds?


2/28/2011 3:41 PM

@FCTRY - that's a good metaphor

Peaceful protestors getting run over on purpose is still out of control and attempted murder. We live in a crazy world, and sometimes attention needs to be brought to major issues at hand - like having bike routes and simple civilian necessities. The people did not get injured in vain. This critical mass was worth 1000 critical mass's for getting the message across. (and no I'm not a critical mass'er)

Different subject, but pertaining to that metaphor: I think hikers need to think outside the box and rally to help us get them off their trails by helping organizations that install proper mountain bike trails. Respect deserves respect


2/28/2011 4:04 PM




2/28/2011 10:19 PM

First of all why wasn't there a police escort? Second the police department should let the bikers beat him down.


3/1/2011 7:13 AM

I think the driver was a huge fan of GTA