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Beatific Riot


I don’t know what Brandon Fastman smoked or ingested to achieve his delusional euphoric state while writing about the annual bicycle riot that takes place during Fiesta weekend, but I can state from personal experience that it is not in any way “beatific” or “a mass return to innocence.” It is an out-of-control onslaught of hundreds (thousands?) of bikers racing through every intersection on State Street and careening among any vehicles, pedestrians, or innocent bicyclists who happens to be on that thoroughfare at that time. The likelihood of a bicyclist or pedestrian being seriously injured or killed is extremely high, and on that reality alone, this annual event must be curtailed. The participants can just go home and play video games that allow them to beatifically ambush and do damage to innocent people.

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