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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:00 PM
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(PDX Mayor) Potter pedals with Critical Mass to test his political mettle

Potter pedals with Critical Mass to test his political mettle

Keeping a campaign pledge, Mayor Tom Potter joins the pack for a controversial whirl

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/bas...

"Tom Potter's Friday? Well, there were the suit-and-tie meetings about the Portland mayor's upcoming trip to Japan and his recent takeover of the city's bureaus. There was a quick visit to a new Toyota import plant.

Oh, and at nightfall, he took a spin with the city's two-wheeled pirates.

At least that's how many cops and motorists see the bicyclists who participate in the monthly Critical Mass protest ride through downtown. Pedaling punks. Gear-shifting anarchists. A bunch of hoodlums with no respect for traffic laws or rush-hour motorists trying to get home after work.

But Friday night, Potter -- a man who won by 23 percentage points without taking a donation over $100 -- once again showed that he takes his mandate as the city's new mayor seriously. He pedaled his Recumbent, a bike resembling a lawn chair on wheels, through a steady rain with about 250 Critical Mass demonstrators.

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I may not always agree with Potter, but I'm happy to say I donated to his campaign and voted for him. This only increases my respect for my city's mayor.
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drummer55 Donating Member (306 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:24 PM
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1. I Love my super liberal town!!!!!
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 09:58 PM
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4. Durned leebruhl lubber!
:hi:

Enjoyed a sweet ride up and down and around and up and down and up and down and up and down Mt. Tabor this afternoon, myself.
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drpdx Donating Member (66 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:26 PM
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2. i agree, huckleB!
He said he would do it and he did. I'm pretty impressed.
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:12 PM
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3. Greetings.
Does your DU name mean you are a physician here in town?

:hi:
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Rainscents Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:10 PM
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5. I loved the above story!!!
I wish we had more backbone democrats politician like this mayor.
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Krupskaya Donating Member (689 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:17 PM
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6. Someone, please...
...educate me on what Critical Mass' point is.
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billyoc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:24 PM
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7. http://www.critical-mass.org n/t
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:53 PM
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9. Check out the book: "Critical Mass : Bicycling's Defiant Celebration"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/190259359...

Also, online, go to: http://www.scorcher.org/cmhistory / for a few essays on Critical Mass and its history.

:hi:
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:35 PM
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8. Another quirky Portland mayor!
:7

I'm happily settled in Minneapolis (despite the wretched transit "system"), but it would spice things up to have a Tom Potter or Bud Clark running the city.
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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 12:03 AM
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10. We have our own weird cyclist gangs here
:D
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 11:11 AM
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11. Well, Mayor Tom was smart enough not to ride with the Zoo Bombers.
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