ARC (Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists) is a group which formalizes the principle of cyclists standing up for each other. ARC was formed in August 1996 as a community response to a particularly brutal two weeks which saw two cyclists killed by trucks and another two arrested on a Critical Mass ride.

Initially formed to lobby for a coroner’s inquest and to help in the arrestees’defense, ARC has since expanded to provide support and legal advice to cyclists involved in accidents, to educate on cyclists’rights, and to hold direct actions aimed at changing society’s dependence on the automobile.


  • Lobbying and education on issues of cyclists’ rights
  • Legal defense, support, and advice for survivors of car-bike collisions, and for cyclists unfairly charged with traffic offenses
  • Direct action and grassroots agitation directed at changing our society’s dependence on the automobile

If you are a cyclist and you want to get involved, contact ARC <arc@respect.to>.