Did anyone else see that, or get stuck in traffic because of it, or participate in it?
I appreciate the message they were trying to communicate, but on the whole it was a pretty ineffectual demonstration. There weren't any indications of what their point was, no signs, no T-shirts, I even rolled down my window (yes, I was driving an evil fume-spewing motor vehicle) and yelled, "What's this about?" and no one said anything.
Finally, some guy rode past, saying, "Walk! Just Walk!" and a girl said, "Get out of your cars!" Oh, I see... so there IS a point to this...
Some of the cyclists kind of swerved at the cars, as if to "threaten" us. I thought about stopping one of them and asking if any of them had considered that *hundreds* of cars from downtown through the North Shore are now sitting there idling for the extra 15, 20+ minutes it takes them to roll through, and that most of the drivers probably have no clue what for... also, what about the people on buses?
I have no problems with demonstrators who want to raise awareness for pertinent causes - but if that's what you're really trying to do, then MAKE your point, make it short and sweet and CLEAR so people know wtf you're doing, and don't do it in a way that completely antagonizes anyone who makes an effort to find out what's going on.
The way this demonstration went down, it totally smacked of a bunch of do-gooders going out of their way to say, "We're so much better than all of you, so we're going to completely disrupt all of your schedules and hold you as a captive audience to rub our better-ness in your faces." They didn't accomplish much more than pissing off a bunch of folks (yeah, that's really going to get people to identify with your cause), and actually increasing the amount of pollution coming from all the cars, trucks, and buses that were being held up.