Thousands of cyclists rode through the streets of Manhattan last night in an anti-Republican, pro-environment display of bike power that ended in more than 100 arrests by the police after the ride blocked some streets.
With a cacophony of bells, whistles, and guttural screams and plenty of anti-Republican attire, several hundred cyclists rode through the streets of Manhattan last night in a display of bike power.
Despite tension over police warnings to obey traffic laws against blocking vehicular traffic and running red lights, the cyclists - numbering 5,000, the police say - did just that in a meandering course that started at Union Square and wound its way to the West Side, Central Park, Midtown and the East Village.
As of 11 p.m., Paul J. Browne, a police spokesman, said officers were still processing people who were detained but that he expected more than 100 people to face charges, mainly for disorderly conduct.
Friday, August 27, 2004
Critical Mass in Manhattan