This is also done intentionally by the more confrontational members of Critical Mass (at least it was in San Francisco.) The intentional harassment of some average joe on his way home from work is just not activism. It puts a really bad spin on all the good things that Critical Mass tries to promote and polarizes (again, at least in San Francisco) the riders against each other. The local news just loved to represent Critical Mass as some kind of rolling riot. This eventually led to some pretty sketchy confrontations with the police.

The moral of this story is not to piss off or attack the people you're trying to reach.

BTW, I hope no one assumes that this is some kind of attack on the write up above. It ain't.