10 Oct '11, 11am

Spokes Patrol: Bike cops out in force at Occupy Portland

Spokes Patrol: Bike cops out in force at Occupy Portland

My hometown got in on the occupation on Thursday, as a few hundred people came out for an Occupy Portland march downtown. Last week , I wrote about the interplay between the Occupy Together movement in cities like New York and Chicago and the monthly bicycle rally, Critical Mass. The topic was on my mind as I headed down to the march, half expecting to find the same symbiotic relationship between people on two wheels and those on two feet. It was there -- but not in the way I expected. As I approached the heart of the protest, I saw bicycles -- hundreds of them -- locked to every railing, fence, and signpost available. People had arrived by bike, but the crowd was so tightly packed as to make bicycling through it impossible, and few rode bikes in the march that followed. Several clusters of people stood by their bikes, ready to ride when the call to march came -- but they ...

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