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Portland Police Place Safety First During Critical Mass

January 28, 2005 00:00


Friday, January 28, 2005 will be the first Critical Mass Bike ride for 2005. As with prior rides, the mission for the Portland Police Bureau remains the same:

1. To ensure the safety and security of all citizens regardless of whether or not they are involved in an event. 2. To prevent confrontations between motorists and cyclists. 3. To protect life and property of citizens not directly involved in any events and continue to respond to normal calls for service. 4. To keep the transit system, including MAX and buses, open and running. 5. To prevent accidents involving motorists, cyclists or pedestrians.

Officers will make every effort to provide a safe environment for all citizens. To accomplish our mission, officers will be instructed to enforce Oregon law during the ride with special emphasis placed on intentional actions that endanger persons, block intersections, or endanger property. Riders are also reminded that they are required by Oregon law to follow rules of the road with regard to movement on public streets.

The Critical Mass ride scheduled for this evening is currently a non-permitted event. The Police Bureau welcomes the opportunity to meet with community members prior to ride in the hope that our mission can be achieved with minimal conflict.

Because the route for Critical Mass is unknown and frequently winds through Downtown Portland, motorists are asked to prepare for minor delays during the evening commute.



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Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204



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