Porto Alegre, Brazil, February 25, 2011

A few years ago I used to ride with Portland Critical Mass every month. Eventually, the numbers became so small that it seemed pointless to continue. Still, I’ve long felt a kinship with Critical Mass rides everywhere. Thus, seeing the following video taken Friday night in Brazil almost made me cry. One minute into the video, the joy and serenity is replaced with insane violence:

Here’s an overhead view:

Here’s one man’s reaction to the aftermath. I can only understand 3 or 4 words but his intent is obvious:

Whenever you see or hear someone joking about mowing bikers down, be sure the “joker” knows about this incident. Violence towards cyclists helps no one.