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Portland Police seek dialogue with Critical Mass

September 26, 2002 00:00


Since last month's Critical Mass ride, members of the Portland Police Bureau have met with representatives of Critical Mass to encourage the organization to obtain permits and identify a route for the upcoming rides. The Police Bureau has been unable to obtain a commitment from Critical Mass, or anyone willing to take responsibility for Critical Mass rides, to obtain a permit or identify the route of any ride.

During the past several months, the Portland Police Bureau has received numerous citizen complaints involving criminal activity and traffic law violations by bicycle riders during Critical Mass rides. Critical Mass riders have expressed a desire to have uncontrolled access to city streets to promote their cause. The Portland Police Bureau must balance desires of Critical Mass riders with the lawful public safety needs and access rights of the community.

On Friday, September 27, 2002, Portland Police Bureau Uniform Officers will be monitoring the monthly Critical Mass bicycle ride through Downtown Portland. Officers will take enforcement action if they observe crimes occur and/or violations of traffic laws.

The Portland Police Bureau reminds all citizens, including members of Critical Mass, that officers, who are enforcing the law, have a right to basic safety considerations. Officers will respond to actions that endanger them or the community. State law prohibits individuals from swarming officers or attempting to interfere with a lawful police action.


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Portland Police Bureau
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Portland, Oregon 97204



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