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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 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


  1. Randy 18 Feb 2009 at 8:59 PM

    When will there be another Critical-Mass? Can I get on a mailing list for updates? Thanks

  2. mer 23 Feb 2010 at 11:17 PM

    every third friday of the month @ common market in plaza-midwood around 8pm

  3. mark 4 Jul 2010 at 12:07 AM

    New web site being launched in 21 days to 30 days called Critical-Mass Apparel. Saw a little of your graphics and it sparked an idea. We are looking to have a few graphic artists from the CM movement become involved in our graphic designs for the bike jerseys, road jerseys, and polo jerseys. No better understanding than you to use your graphic abilities and our line of clothing to get the message across. Just think of 1000 riders all in Critical-Mass clothing what a message. Take a look at our facebook Critical-Mass Apparel and we look forward to hearing from you.