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Oakland Critical Mass, 2/6/08: photos
Not too long after police had finally cleared out from Frank Ogawa Plaza following the March of Stolen Lives, Oakland Critical Mass headed off for it's first-Friday-of-the-month ride. This time, through downtown and around Lake Merritt, ending up at Art Murmur on Telegraph.
One funny thing that happened two or three times through downtown was bystanders just randomly shouting, "Obama!" as the ride passed. Not sure how the ride provoked that reaction, or what is the root of this call-out phenomenon.
Several impatient cars and SUVs made dangerous moves across the double-yellow lines to pass Critical Mass, sometimes barely avoiding head-on crashes with oncoming traffic
As the ride re-entered downtown after circling the lake, a police helicopter began targeting the ride with its spotlight. About a mile later, these rollers began tagging along, blocking a whole lane of traffic themselves.