A monthly gathering of people to ride bikes
around a city or town. Its general purpose is to raise awareness that people ride bikes
for transportation too and roads should be more accomidating for bikes
. With many cyclists riding together in a group they are able to reach a "critical mass" and become a powerful entity of the roads, taking up many lanes.
Invented in San Francisco, it is celebrated in many cities across the world due to its simplicity
to organize, often all you need to is spread
about it. In San Francisco and New York
participants often number in the thousands. It is usually
at the end of the day on the last Friday
of every month, at a standard, well-known gathering spot.
Often criticized by motorists as a nuciance, though cyclists criticise back
that motorists hog the road, pollute, kill, etc.
Hey bro, want to see a movie this Friday at 5?
No man, I'm going
to the Critical Mass to challenge
the social norm of owning a car! Me and a few hundred other bike riders
to be celebrating peaceful transportation. You should come. Everyone
should come! No Critical mass? Start one!