1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
September 26, 2002 00:00
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.
Sgt. Pete Simpson