2005_04_critmass429.jpgIf it's the last Friday of the month, it means that Critical Mass bike riders will be hitting the streets. And this past Friday, 34 bikers were arrested. While past Critical Mass rides, which is meant to encourage bike use but has become, at least in the city, almost a political statement after the Republican National Convention eve ride when bikers flooded the streets, have started at Union Square, this time, the ride started from Union Square, Madison Square Park, and Tompkins Square Park, possibly, as Newsday suggests, to evade the police.

Reader Michael sent a link to some photographs (and commentary) of the bikers and police he took near Union Square, and the police presence looks crazy! Related: Gothamist Interview spoke with Matthew Roth of Time's Up on Friday.

Photograph by Michael Meyers at Now Public.