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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!

 United States, K-P  

Last contact with me:

KS

Kansas City

Last Friday @ 5:30 in the parking lot directly west of the City Market square.

2003

Lawrence

Last Friday @ 6:00 from the big gazebo in South Park (East of Massachussetts St. between 11th & 13th)

Sep '05

Newton

Last Friday @ 6:30 from Haury Hall at Bethel College.

Sep '04

KY

Lexington

Last Friday. Meet 5:00, Ride 5:30 from the parking lot of Woodland Park

May '06

Louisville

June 2000 arrests: 1, 2

LA

Baton Rouge

Last Friday @ 5:30 from the LSU Memorial Clock Tower

July '08

Lafayette

Second Friday @ 5:30 from Parc Sans Souci

Jan '08

New Orleans

Every Friday @ 5:30 at Jackson Square, in front of St. Louis Cathedral

Nov '07

MA

Amherst

Last Friday. Meet 5:15, Ride 5:30. At Amherst Common, Amherst OR Pulaski Park, Northampton.

Dec 03

Boston email list, photos

Last Friday @ 5:30 at Copley Square (Boylston btwn. Clarendon & Dartmouth)

May '06

Worcester

Last Friday. Meet in front of City Hall @ 5:30pm, ride @ 6:00. The times may change as it gets darker.

Aug 01

MD

Baltimore: email list, ride report, video

Last Friday @ 5:30 at Redwood & Charles Streets

Jul '03

College Park

Last Thursday @ 5:00 from the Sundial on McKeldin Mall, University of Maryland campus

Feb '06

Frederick

Last Friday @ 6:00 from Bentz St. next to Baker Park

Jan '05

MI

Ann Arbor (ancient site)  

Last Friday, Meet 4:30, Ride 5:00, at State St. & North University

Aug '03

Detroit

Last Friday @ 5:30 at Grand Circus Park.

Jan 03

Grand Rapids, email list

Last Friday @ 5:15 at Veteran's Park (Fulton & Sheldon).

Jul 03

Kalamazoo

Last Friday @ 5:00 from Bronson Park

Nov '04

Lansing

Last Friday @ 5:30 at Raney Skate Park

May '04

MN

Mankato

Last Friday. Meet 5:30, Ride 5:45. From Bell Tower Park on the MNSU campus

2008.08

Minneapolis

Last Friday, Meet 5:00, Ride 5:30, at Loring Park. (1624 Harmon Pl.) email list

2008.09

Winona

Oct 03

MO

Columbia

First Friday @ 5:00 from 10 Hitt St.

2008.04

Kansas City

Last Friday. Meet 5pm, Ride 5:30pm. Meet in Westport at the northeast corner of Southwest Trafficway & Mill Street, near the Sun Fresh Market.

Jun '04

Springfield

Last Friday @ 6:00 from the downtown square

Oct '04

St. Louis

Last Friday @ 5:30 at Keiner Plaza (6th & Chestnut).

MT

Bozeman

Last Friday @ 5:30 from the courthouse on Main Street

May '06

NC

Boone

Last Friday @ 5:30 from Legends Parking lot.

2008.09

Chapel Hill 

Last Friday @ 5:30 at the sundial at the Morehead Planetarium on Franklin St.

Apr 02

Greensboro

Every other Thursday @ 10pm from in front of Gate City Noise on Tate St. at the UNCG campus

Sep '04

Raleigh

NE

Omaha 

Last Friday. Meet 5:00, Ride 5:30. At the arch at Gene Leahy Mall. email list

Mar. '06

NH

Durham

Second Friday @ 5:30 at the corner of Garrison and Main

Portsmouth

Last Friday @ 5:30 in front of the Church in Market Square

NJ

Morristown

Last Friday @ 6:30 from Town Hall Parking Lot, 200 South Street

2008.06

New Brunswick

Last Friday @ 5:00 at fountain on George St. & Livingston Ave. old site

Nov 02

Newark

Nov 03

Princeton

Last Friday, April-October, @ 5:30 at Palmer Square.

May 02

NM

Santa Fe

Jan 00

NV

Las Vegas

Last Friday @ 7:00pm from Fashion Show Mall (on the Strip across from Wynn)

2008.01

Reno, email list

First Friday @ 5:15 at the brick park next to Java Jungle on First St.

2000

NY

Albany 

Last Friday @ 4:30 at the Monument in Washington Park (Henery Johnson & State St.).

Oct '02

Brooklyn

(1) Second Friday @ 7pm at Grand Army Plaza at the north end of Prospect Park
(2) Second Friday @ 7pm in the plaza on the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge

Jan '06

Buffalo

Last Friday at City Hall. Meet at 5:00, ride at 5:30. Photos, Article; May 2003 arrests: 1, 2, 3, Conclusion

Jun '04

Ithaca, old page

Last Friday. Meet 5:00, Ride 5:30 from Cayuga end of The Commons (by UPS store)

July '05

Lockport, report

Manhattan

Last Friday @ 7:00 at Union Square Park North. Bike Summer 2003, Photos: 10/03, 8/03, 7/03. Ride reports: 7/03, 4/03, 1/02

Nov '03

Rochester

Last Friday, Meet 6:00, Ride 6:30 from the Liberty Pole

2008.08

Syracuse

Last Friday @ 4:30 from the Everson museum (next to the fountain/Everson courtyard)

2008.01

OH

Akron 

Last Friday @ 5:00 at Grace Park, downtown Akron (in between Perkins and Park, behind the Haven of Rest)

Mar 03

Athens

Last Friday @ 5:00 from the Civil War monument on the college green

Nov '04

Cincinnati

Last Friday. Meet 5:30, Ride 6:00. From Fountain Square, downtown, 5th & Vine

Apr. '05

Cleveland

Last Friday @ 6:00 at Public Square.

Dec '03

Columbus

Last Friday @ 5:30 at the Statehouse. (Indymedia article)

Jan '06

Kent

Oxford

Last Friday @ 5:30 at Uptown Park (High & Main).

Oct '02

OK

Bend

Last Friday @ 5:30 from Mirror Pond Parking Lot

Feb '06

Norman

Last Friday @ 6:00 p.m. at Buchanan Bicycles near OU campus

Oklahoma City

Last Friday @ 4:00 from the Back Door Café (32nd & Classen)

Feb '06

Tulsa

Every Wednesday @ 6:00 from West Bank Park, 17th & Jackson

June '04

OR

Bend

Last Friday @ 5:30 from Mirror Pond parking lot

May '06

Corvallis: email list, ride info

Last Friday @ 5:30 at Central Park.

Eugene, Student Mass, court account

Last Friday.

Portland

Last Friday. Meet 5:30, Ride 6:00. From the North Park Blocks - NW Park & Couch. Email List, 9/02 Fliers, 8/02 Police Riot, Bike Summer 2002, 2001 Photos, CHUNK 666

June '05

Salem

First Friday @ 5:30 from the N.W. corner of the Salem Transit Mall (Bus station).

Apr. '05

PA

Bethlehem

Last Friday @ 5:00 from Morton & New St. (Lehigh Univ.). Starting in May 2006 the ride is @ 5:30 from New & Church St. (central library).

Feb '06

Philadelphia

Last Friday @ 6:00 at the West side of City Hall.

Sep. '05

Pittsburgh

Last Friday @ 5:30, outside of the Carnegie Library. Photos: 9/03, 8/03, 8/03, 7/03, 4/03, 4/03, 10/02, 10/02, 8/02

Jun '03

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.

Bike Advocacy

America Bikes
Lobbies the federal government to support cycling. Also, see how your elected officials voted on bicycling & transportation-related issues.

Bikes Belong's Guide to Advocacy
This national coalition group has published an online guide for doing bike advocacy work in your community, with an emphasis on using federal money for bike-friendly transportation projects.

Bike Summer
Bike Summer is an annual bike festival with rides, activist workshops, and fun events, occurring in a different city every year. Past host cities were: Los Angeles (2005), Seattle (2004), New York (2003), Portland (2002), Vancouver (2001), Chicago (2000), and San Francisco (1999). Activists are encouraged to hold Bike Summers in their own cities.

Bust Media Bias against Bicycles
This site exposes media bias against alternative transportation modes, especially the bicycle, and to address such bias with action, facts, constructive criticism and humor.

Chainguard Online
Lots of info but poorly organized.

girlBike.com
Resources for women cyclists.

International Bike Fund
Huge advocacy site/organization, with resources about urban planning, bike to work programs, safety and more. The group is oddly named, since it has nothing to do with money or grants.

League of American Bicyclists (LAB)
Very large group which supports all types of cyclists (sports, rec, commuting, advocacy).

National Bicycle Greenway
These folks are pushing for a national (U.S.) network of bike paths for both recreation and transportation. They also held a BIG ride across the U.S. in the Summer of 2000 to promote the idea.

National Center for Bicycling & Walking
Site includes detailed PDF reports on implementing facilities improvements like bike lanes and bike boulevards.

National Cycle Network  (U.K.)
5000 miles (with more to come) of continuous routes, running right through urban centres and reaching all parts of the UK (eventually passing within 2 miles of half the population). Almost half the Network will be entirely traffic-free, built along old railway lines, canal towpaths, forestry tracks riversides and urban space.

White bike memorials for killed cyclists
A group is painting entire bikes solid white and leaving them in places where cyclists have been killed by cars.

Velo Mondial 2006 Conference
An international conference to support and plan for transportation cycling. The conference is held every six years, and the 2006 version will be held in Cape Town, South Africa in March.

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.

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

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).

Last Update: October 2008