Critical Mass

The spirit of a weekly mass bike ride is alive and well in Portland. (Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Critical Mass without the baggage of politics, activism, or controversy

Background Reading Rolling with the Thursday Night Ride – BikePortland.org (PDF) Summary TakeAways From the article: Portland has spawned a new weekly bike ride that has all the trappings of Critical Mass without the baggage of politics, activism, or controversy. The […]

The UIC biking organization College of Cycling collects unused food from Dining Services each week and delivers it to Pacific Garden Mission. L-R: Dining services lead chef Richard Perry and College of Cycling members Asael Reyes and Rafid Rahman prepare food for delivery. Photo: R. Glass

A Win For All Of Us!

Background Reading UIC biking club makes weekly food delivery to homeless shelter | UIC News Center (PDF) Summary Uneaten food from UIC Dining Services doesn’t get thrown out — it helps feed people at a nearby homeless shelter, thanks to students […]

Damian Kevitt, who survived a brutal hit-and-run near Griffith Park last year, was back on his bike for the Critical Mass ride on Friday, March 28, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Sometimes Critical Mass Gets It Right, Other Times Not So Much

Background Reading One Year After Being Victim of Horrific Hit-and-Run, Cyclist Leads ‘Critical Mass’ | KTLA (PDF) Summary TakeAways The Chicago approach to the horrendous outcome of the recent SF Critical Mass Ride was to assume the prayer position of […]

Young women attend a candlelight vigil for victims of gun violence Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Whence Cometh Road Rage?

Background Viewing Critical Mass Rides on YouTube (Click here) Background Reading Morales: Young Man Killed During Critical Mass Lesson … (StreetsBlog) TakeAways Like it or not there is a price to be paid when: You either do something that enrages the […]

Jamal Julien and Oboi Reed, creators of Slow Roll Chicago.

How Does Controlled Chaos Differ From Celebrating Diversity?

Pity the Wordsmiths their thankless task of trying to ‘call a pig a pig‘ without insulting the owner. Pity the Activist who dares to cry foul when a ‘demonstration‘ turns ugly. Pity the Person-of-Integrity who has to stand at photo-ops […]

Build it and they will come. Photo of new bike lane installed on Park Boulevard in San Diego.

Courteous or Critical? Will bicyclists in San Diego ever belong?

August 11, 2011 Source: Bike San Diego A resident of Normal Heights, Marc Hawkins, recently contacted us, wanting Bike San Diego to take a stance on San Diego’s Critical Mass rides. Hawkins’ website,Stop Critical Mass serves as one man’s quest to end Critical Mass rides […]

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The Open Streets ‘Happy Walk’: Maybe Turnabout Is Fair Play

Background Reading Source: ChainLink Reply by Tristan Jackson 16 hours ago Look, masshole, that was filmed at night with low traffic. You cant imagine it taking longer with traffic? How about the fact that just deductively it would take 24 […]

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We Desperately Need Chicagoland ‘Vacuum Cleaners’

Background Reading (Updated) The ‘Zelig Complex’ As It Relates To The Urban Cycling Movement (BeezodogsPlce) If There Were No ‘Cycling Community/Movement’ (BeezodogsPlace) Summary If every day was like Bike The Drive we would all become insane. There is such a thing as […]