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Police don't support bike rally 

Police interceded and picked two people to assign fines in the $100 range

I was at the Critical Mass bicycle rally last Friday when a police van interceded and picked two people to assign fines in the $100 range. The whole incident reeked of arbitrary and unneccesary use of power. One officer asked me if I would be angry if I were driving home and found 60 bicycles in front of me. My response was that I would be angrier, and more inconvenienced, had there been 60 cars in front of me. And really, that's the point: Bicycles are rarely given right of way, despite the fact that they are far more socially constructive a means of travel. —Brendan Osberg, Halifax

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