At the end of every month, bicyclists, skaters, and rollerbladers in over 300 cities around the world gather together for a worldwide event called Critical Mass. This event is leaderless and basically consists of a group of people who converge at a specific time and place, and travel together through the streets of their city on human-powered vehicles.
In Vancouver, this event takes place on the last Friday of every month. Riders meet in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery at 5-5:30pm and get ready to ride out at 6pm. During the ride, participants are advised to stick together while being peaceful and respectful of motorized traffic. Every month the ride occurs; rain or shine, hail or snow. Participants are encouraged to bring decorated bicycles, trailers, signs, flags, noisemakers, ghetto blasters, sound systems, drums, and wildly modified bikes to the event.
The ride is a celebration, and an alcohol/drug free event. Take absolute responsibility for your actions and show motorists a better way to travel. A way which is more equitable, efficient, fun and socially responsible than the car. There’s no need to be unfriendly or argue with motorists — our sheer numbers tell the story. Look after each other, speak up, and ride with confidence. – Vancouver Critical Mass Blog
Another event in Vancouver that is similar to Critical Mass is the World Naked Bike Ride. It happens once a year on a Saturday afternoon, in various cities all over the world. The next ride will take place the summer of 2011.
Next month, join in the celebration and help support initiatives promoting non-polluting forms of transportation.
By Flavia Kajoba