July Mass: the VPD assessment
Here’s the full text of the VPD media statement last night after 3,000 Critical Mass cyclists toured the city:
CRITICAL MASS RIDE RECAP
Vancouver- Vancouver Police are reporting no incidents of note during the Critical Mass ride this evening.
The route was lengthy and unpredictable, making it challenging to predict traffic disruptions. Despite this, tensions seemed to be reduced from previous rides and there was more cooperation from ride participants.
There were several liquor pour-outs and some marijuana consumption observed during the ride. One casualty occurred when a female rider fell off her bike and injured her arm.
The Vancouver Police will continue discussions with members of Critical Mass with the goal of further reducing tensions between riders and motorists and establishing set routes. This will ultimately improve safety, assist riders in their cause and facilitate the flow of traffic during the event.