The article includes this quote from historian – Keith Watkins who describes the bike swarm scene on November 13th, 2011.
“This small group of Portlanders used the unique features of human powered, two-wheeled vehicles in a wonderfully creative manner.
By rolling along through streets jammed with people, they maintained the principle that these streets are there to provide places for traffic to flow.
By their personal vulnerability on their fragile machines, they accented the importance of using modest modes of demonstrating power.
They manifested a whimsical spirit that seemed able to soften both sides of the often-tense face-offs.
… On this one long night… a few cyclists earned the respect of the city in a way that increases my delight that I too am a cyclist in this wonderful place.”
Thank you Portland, we look forward to continuing the swarm.