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Critical Mass is a monthly bicycle ride to celebrate cycling and to assert cyclists' right to the road. The idea started in San Francisco in September 1992 and quickly spread to cities all over the world. This site attempts to be the most complete guide to all Critical Mass rides around the globe.

Critical Mass has a different flavor from city to city -- there's a big variety in size, respect of traffic laws (or lack thereof), interaction with motorists, and intervention by police. So if you want to know more about Critical Mass, you'll really need to find out what your local ride is like. For those who must know more right now, here's a link to Chicago CM, which I suppose is a "typical" CM ride, if there is such a thing.

Critical Mass has no leaders, and no central organization licenses rides. In every city that has a CM ride, some locals simply picked a date, time, and location for the ride and publicized it, and thus the ride was born.

CM is an idea and an event, not an organization. You can't write to "Critical Mass" -- certainly not by writing to me.

CM is intended to be a celebration, not an opportunity to cause trouble. Those who want to try to tie up traffic as much as possible and be confrontational with motorists are missing the point. We can assert our right to the road without being rude about it. Focus on the ride, not on the cars that also happen to be on the road.

Don't have a CM in your city? Then start one!

Police vs. Critical Mass:
Latest incidents

Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Riders say police used excessive force in arresting five peacful Critical Mass riders. (More: Winnipeg Sun) May 2006

Denver, CO, USA. Police confiscated riders' bikes on the Denver Critical Mass ride. Until the police start impounding people's cars for minor traffic infractions, this is just completely inappropriate -- and an obviously childish exercise of power. (More: Westword) April 2006

Spokane, WA. The police tackled cyclists and arrested almost all of them for "Disorderly Conduct". (more) Dec. 2005

New York. Cyclist victory! The police crackdown on CM for "parading without a permit" has been declared unconstitutional. (more) Jan. 2006

New York. Cyclists filed a lawsuit against NYPD, which has responded with a counterclaim. (more) Oct. 2004

More cases of Police vs. CM
New NYC CM documentary
See a trailer for the documentary about the controversial police crackdown on NYC Critical Mass coinciding with the 2004 Republican National Convention. (Or visit the filmmakers' website.
Good news from Portland
"Exciting things have been happening for Portland's CM. We've had regular meetings with the Portland Police to reach compromises and understanding on some things, and have achieved a ride with less harrassment, more bike officers and fewer in autos / motorcycles, and a much more "feel-good" ride with less tension. This has been largely the result of a few dedicated CM riders willing to go to meetings and print up flyers for riders, etc." -- Brian

Energy & Pollution

The Oil Crisis is coming. Life as we know it is about to change, forever. Believe it. (More: Guardian article, PeakOIl.com, and Life After the Oil Crash)

How much energy we use. Overconsumption of oil means that more people will die as more wars are fought over an increasingly shrinking supply. The U.S. alone uses 46% of all the gasoline used in the world. (more...)

The true cost of gas. Americans whine about the "high" price of gas while not realizing what a sweet deal they're getting.

Pollution by cars causes lung cancer, respiratory problems, urban smog, and acid rain. Greenhouse gases emitted by cars causes global warming, which is not just a concern for the future, it's happening right now. (more...)

The True Costs of Cars

Autos on Welfare. While most motorists think that their gas taxes and registration fees pay for the roads and for other related costs, the truth is that infrastructure is financed mostly by general taxes paid by everyone, which means that those who don't drive are subsidizing those who do.

Societal costs of cars & highways. Our relationship with the automobile causes pollution, noise, congestion, sprawl, big expenses, injury, and even death. The cost is greater than we realize....

The typical American family spends almost $8000 a year to own and operate a car, when you count the car payments, gas, oil, maintenance & repairs, licenses, parking, and insurance.

If you took the money you'd save by getting rid of your car and invested it you could have $2.3 million by the time you retired. (more...)

Art Ludwig shows that AAA underestimates the cost of car use. (more...)

 
I was born into a cult.

The Aesthetic Realism Foundation is a small psychological cult in New York city. My grandparents were members, so my mother was born into it, and so was I. Recently I created a website about the cult to get the word out. I hope you'll check it out.

We'll cry if you don't link to us.

http://Critical-Mass.info

 

How to Not Get
Hit by Cars

An illustrated guide for bicyclists. Might save your life.

(Visit now...)

Knowledge is Power.

Learn How to Buy a House

 United States, D-I  

DC

Washington

First Friday @ 6:00 at Dupont Circle.

Oct '02

DC Solidarity Ride

Last Friday @ 6:15 at Dupont Circle.

FL

Fort Myers

Last Friday. Meet 6:30, Ride 7:00 from Centennial Park downtown

Oct '04

Gainesville

Last Friday @ 5:30 at Plaza of the Americas on U. of FL campus.

Jun '06

Miami

Last Friday @ 6:30 from Government Center (Indymedia article from 2005)

May '08

Orlando

Last Friday @ 5:30 from West side of Lake Eola Park (Rosalind & Washington, in front of the amphitheatre)

Feb '05

St. Petersburg

Last Friday @ 5:30 from Williams Park - 2nd Ave N & 3rd St N

May '06

Tallahassee

Last Friday @ 5:00 in front of the Old Capital on Monroe and Apalachee.

Apr '04

West Palm Beach

Last Friday. Meet 5:00, Ride 5:20. At the Downtown WPB fountain (in front of library.)

Apr '03

GA

Athens

Last Friday @ 5pm. Meet at the corner of Broad St. & College Ave

Aug '02

Athens: Courteous Mass

Last Friday @ 5:30 at College Square.

Atlanta, Media, Email list

Last Friday. Meet 6:00, Ride 6:30. From Woodruff Park.

Dec. '05

Macon

Last Friday @ 5:30 from Central City Park where the River Walk comes into the park

2008.03

Savannah

Last Friday @ 5:30 at Franklin Square

June '03

HI

Honolulu, 2nd site, email list

Last Friday.  Meet 5:00, Ride 5:15. Meet at the State Capitol on Beretania.

Jun '04

ID

Boise (old site)

Last Friday, South side of Capitol.

July 02

Moscow

Every Friday at 4:00 at East City Park.

Feb 03

IA

Des Moines

IL

 

Bloomington-Normal 

Last Friday @ 5:30 at the old court house on the square downtown (Jefferson & Main)

Jul '03

Carbondale

Last Friday @ 5:15pm from SIUC Student Center

2008.09

Champain-Urbana, email list

Last Friday @ 5:15 at Alma Mater (Green & Wright Streets in Campustown).

Jul '01

Chicago email list, Cycling Sisters, Photos, More Photos

Last Friday @ 5:30 at Daley Plaza (Dearborn & Washington).

Dec '03

Chicago, Circular Mass

Second to last Friday. Meet @ 6 at 18th/Blue Island/Loomis (across from the Library), Ride @ 6:15. 8-10 miles through S/SW neighborhoods.

Dec '03

Chicago, Oak Park

First Friday @ 6:00 from Scoville Park (corner of Oak Park Ave. and Lake St., one block north of Oak Park Green Line CTA station)

April '05

Evanston

First Friday @ 6:00 from Fountain Square (intersection of Davis/Sherman/Orrington) downtown

May '06

Joliet

Last Friday @ 5:30 at Bicentennial Park, 210 W. Jefferson and N. Bluff St.

Nov '03

Macomb

Last Friday @ 5:30 from Chandler Park

May '06

Naperville

Third Friday @ 5:30 from the corner of Washington & Chicago Ave.

Jun '03

Peoria

Last Friday @ 5:00 in front of City Hall at 419 Fulton St.

Jun '03

Rockford 

Last Friday @ 5:30 from Haight Park (Jefferson & First streets)

Jan '05

Springfield

Last Friday @ 5:30 from Old State Capitol (between 5th, 6th, Washington, Adams)

April '05

IN

Goshen 

Last Friday @ 5:30pm. Meet at Shanklin Park in Goshen (Elkhart Cty.)

July '01

Indianapolis, email list

Last Friday @ 5:30 at Illionis & Washington.

Nov '03

Muncie

Last Friday @ 5:00, meeting place varies

Aug '05

South Bend

Third Friday @ 5:00 from Leeper Park (South side of the river, East of U.S. 31/Michigan St.)

May '05

Other Critical Mass Resources

Global site guides, similar to ours:
  * CM Wikia
  * Critical-Mass.org
  * Berlin's global CM guide

How to Start a Critical Mass Ride
A step-by-step guide.

Get a free website for your local CM
...at the CM Wikia.

CM Fliers
Example fliers and handouts. Also, an SF group will make a custom Dinosaurs for Clean Air flier for your local ride.

CM Email Lists
There are Critical Mass discussion lists in cities all over the world. Join one of them.

CM Book: Critical Mass, Bicycling's Defiant Celebration
Produced for the 10-year anniversary of CM in Sept. 2002, this book chronicles the birth and evolution of the ride in S.F. and elsewhere. See about the July 2003 book tour.

Critical Mass Videos
See our separate page of CM videos & documentaries.

Critical Mass News

  • The Critical Mass Times
    An international newsletter and clearinghouse, with links to Mass happenings around the globe.

  • Velo Revolution
    Web-based newsletter of CM & bike-related happenings in London and around the world.

The Critical Mass Song   (Lyrics only.)

Critical Mass Arrests. CM made international news several times when police wrongly arrested many cyclists, on 7-25-97 in San Francisco, on 8-00 in Los Angeles, and since 2004 in NYC. (Bad arrests have happened at many other CM rides, but only these three were major media stories.) Check out websites about the San Francisco and Los Angeles incidents, or our own coverage.

Other Anti-Car sites

Auto-Saurus Commercial
Broadcast-quality ad by AdBusters.

Car Busters
International group based in Europe working towards a car-free society. They publish a hot magazine ("Car Busters") and email newsletter, and sponsor World Car-Free Day every September.

Car-Free Cities
These folks advocate for car-free cities in a well-researched and professional manner.

Car-Free City US
A group working to create a car-free city in the U.S.

(Planning a) Car-Free Day
Large, well-organized site which details how to plan a Car-Free Day in your city.

Culture Change
Documents the tremendous environmental, social and economic damage caused by endless road building. Also publishes Culture Change magazine (formerly Auto-Free Times).

Get out of the bike lane!
Posts vigilante photos of autos parked in the bike lane in Toronto, Canada.

National Park(ing) Day
Promotes the creation of temporary public parks in public parking spaces.

Less Traffic
Recommends going beyond traffic calming to reduce the number and speed of cars on the streets.

Reclaim the Streets (San Francisco, CA US)
A movement which advocates massive street parties, covertly painting bike lanes onto roadways, and other ways to subvert the car culture. Here are the RTS pages for London and Adelaide, Australia.

Right of Way (New York City)
Local group asserting cyclist and pedestrian rights over motorist prerogatives. Has stenciled over 250 street memorials to car victims and published "Killed By Automobile" report.

Transportation Alternatives (New York City)
Local group promoting alternatives to car-based transportation. This website is HOT! It's a model for other groups to emulate.

Victoria Transport Policy Institute
Publishes a number of important studies and reports, such as one explaining how cyclists actually subsidize the cost of road-building for motorists, a Pavement Buster's Guide, and much more. For activists who are ready to move beyond simply riding in Critical Mass rides and actually get something done in their communities, this site provides plenty of the ammunition they'll need.

About CM

Origin of Critical Mass
How to start a CM ride

Where is CM?

United States
Canada
South America
Europe
Australia &
New Zealand
Israel
India
Asia
Africa

Resources

Other CM Guides
Other CM Resources
Police arrests at CM
Anti-Car sites
Bike Advocacy sites
Bike Commuter sites
Other Biking Resources

Contact

Get on the Hub!
Contact Webmaster

About this site

There is no such thing as an "official" Critical Mass site. CM is an idea, not an organization. Nobody licenses the individual rides, there are no leaders. This site is just a volunteer effort by a guy who tried to put together a helpful directory of all the rides.

Our links & info are only as good as what people send to us. CM rides often die out or change times, and often nobody bothers to let us know. CM webmasters are also notorious for not updating their pages -- and often don't even list meaningful ride dates, times, and locations -- much less a "last updated" date. We can only print what we know. We're not psychic. So the ride you see listed here might be dead or changed. Sometimes we'll link to a very outdated page or a simple archived email message announcing a ride time if that's all we could dig up for that city. You can help by feeding us corrections & new sites when you know about them.

Finally, here's some hate mail we got.

Bicycle Commuting

Bicycling Life
Resources for bicycle commuters, including safety skills, strategies for biking to work, how to fix a flat tire, more.

BikeToWork.com
Resources for bicycle commuters, including local & state organizations, news, products, and more.

How to Not Get Hit By Cars
An illustrated guide, with nice color pictures. Very helpful.

Other Biking Resources
BikeLane.com
More links than you can shake a kickstand at about every cycling issue imaginable, and thankfully organized into different sections.

BikeForums.net | CyclingForums.com
Web-based discussion groups
(not email-based) for a large variety of specialized biking topics, including Advocacy, Bike Mechanics, Bike Messengers, Commuting, Handcycling, Safety, Women's Cycling, and more.

Unicycling.org
For those who prefer to ride with one wheel.

Unusual Bikes: On our sister site we have a huge list of recumbent bikes (recliners), adult tricycles, cargo/workbikes, bike cars (4 wheels), trailers, pedicabs, electric scooters, and more. (see list)

Machines powered by bikes: Maya Pedal makes pedal-powered blenders, water pumps, cofee depulper, metal sharpener, washing machines, woodsaws, eectricity generators, and more. Wow!

Facilities: Check out ideas for bikeways free from cars: Bikes in the sky and an enclosed system that boosts speed with fans. Also, here are resources for planning bike facilities.

Rides: Pedaling.com
A huge, searchable list of all kinds of bike rides across the United States.

Repairs: Sheldon Brown | Park Tool | The Bicycling Site
These sites will show you how to fix your own bike.

Touring: Bicycle Universe
Tips for planning a cross-country tour. Covers training, what to pack, equipment, trip journals, and more.

Legal. When you get hit by a car, these personal injury attorneys can help: BicycleAttorney.com (Oregon), , BicycleLawyer.com, Gerry Oginski (NY), and Willie Schmerler at Scanlan, Buckle, & Young (Austin).

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