Charlotte Critical Mass
Posted on 29 Oct 2008 by James Willamor
Artwork by Cecil Vizcaino & James Willamor.
day: Friday, Oct 31
time: 7:30 pm
place: Common Market
The monthly bicycle ride known as Critical Mass will happen on Halloween, Friday, October 31st at 7:30 PM at the Common Market near The Plaza and Commonwealth Ave. The ride is held on the last Friday of every month, and several times this summer over 50 riders turned out. Fixed-gear, BMX, road, mountain, unicycles; anything that has wheels and is pedal powered is welcome. All riders are encouraged to wear helmets, bring friends, and bring noise makers and lights. It’s Halloween so wear a costume is you want!
The following information about Critical Mass is based on the Chicago Critical Mass FAQ.
What is Critical Mass?
Critical Mass is a worldwide movement to promote the use of bicycles as a viable means of transportation, and have fun while doing it. Rides happen in cities around the world every last Friday of the month and is open to all riders.
How long are the rides and who decides where to ride?
Usually a couple hours, and around 10 to 15 miles. There is no predetermined time or route. Everybody is welcome to give input, and the ride can vary as the group moves about the city.
Who runs Critical Mass?
Nobody runs Critical Mass! There is no organized structure and no leaders. That said, the people at ncfixed.com do a lot of work promoting Charlotte Critical Mass.
Are the rides ‘athletic’? Do I need to be in shape?
No. People of all ages and abilities ride. The average speed is about 5mph — parade speed. But cycling is a good way to get in shape.
July Critical Mass in Charlotte