This immersive short was shot with a 180 degree lens that takes the viewer along on the March 2009 NYC Critical Mass ride.
Critical Mass is a leaderless bike ride that takes place in 100s of cities all over the world on the last Friday of every month.
The New York Police Department has had a very confrontational relationship with the ride since 2004. From 2004 – 2007, hundreds of police officers were dispatched each month to stop the ride and arrest the participants, deploying helicopters, blimps and undercover officers with video cameras to monitor the ride and engage in the violent take down of the cyclists. After much embarrassing media attention and several losses in court, the NYPD were forced to retreat from these tactics. The arrests have stopped, but the police continue to harass riders by giving out tickets to cyclists who do not have lights or bells on their bikes.
This selective targeting is currently being challenged in federal court in the Five Borough Bike Club vs NYC . See http://5bbc.org/parade