Critical Mass meets every month, last Friday, 5:30P (departing around 6:00)
North Park Blocks (NW Park and Couch, by the elephant)
Bring your bike, your friends, your lights, and your biggest smiles!
Statistically speaking, Critical Mass is:
- A leaderless, spontaneous bike ride through the streets of Portland (and hundreds of other cities worldwide)
- A time to ride your bike without fear through busy downtown streets
- A great way to meet other bicyclists, pass out fliers, learn about other events
- A meandering celebration of bicycling
- Something different for everyone
- A visionary projection of what our future might look like
Critical Mass is not:
- Dangerous, violent, threatening, or exclusive
- A place to buy, sell, or capitalize
- Planned in advance
- A race to the finish
Last year, we tried something different. We used a free survey maker to query some seasoned participants to gain tips for newcomers. Here’s what they had to say:
You will want to have a white front light and red rear light / reflector in order to avoid getting a citation. If you ride to antagonize motorists, please choose another time / place, some of us have worked very hard to reduce and mellow the police presence.
When in doubt of your local laws and bylaws, where a helmet. In fact, where one anyway, unless you disagree that your head is worth protecting.
If you haven’t taken your bike out for a while, it’s a really good idea to have it looked over at a shop beforehand. I saw a lot of people stuck downtown with maintenance issues who should have been having more fun than they were.
While it’s difficult to gather extremely accurate statistics about cycling, our research leads us to believe that more and more people are starting to use their bikes! Can we, the humble people behind rosecitycriticalmass.org claim some of the responsibility for this? Perhaps, perhaps.
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This web page last updated on November 29th, 2013