Critical Mass in NYC

Time’s Up! New York City hosts an afternoon of discussion and video from New York’s storied Critical Mass.

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Critical Mass: Good for Cycling or Bad PR?

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There’s been a lot of discussion in the blogosphere lately about the merits of Critical Mass, the long-running, monthly group ride that has taken hold in cities around the world since its debut in San Francisco nearly 20 years ago. In many cities, Critical Mass has been a powerful force for building a community of […]

Ruminations of an Accidental Diplomat: Critical Mass at 20

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Editor’s note: Next Friday is the 20th Anniversary of Critical Mass. The following is an excerpted version of an introductory essay from Chris Carlsson, one of the founders of Critical Mass, who co-edited the new book Shift Happens! Critical Mass at 20, a compilation of essays on the movement from authors around the world. Critical […]

Is Sunday Streets the Next Critical Mass?

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Flickr photo: Michael Bolger Though it occurred for just four hours on two miles of streets in the Mission, this week’s Sunday Streets event has transformed the livable streets movement in some of the same ways that Critical Mass transformed San Francisco’s bicycle rights movement in the early 1990s. “Even better than Critical Mass,” was […]

A Lost Decade for San Francisco’s Critical Mass?

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Critical Mass rolls down Lombard Street, July 2007. Photo by Chris Carlsson Well, no. We’ve had a great run in the 2000s. Averaging between 750 and 3000 riders on any given month, the birthplace of Critical Mass keeps going strong, in spite of the total lack of promotion or organizing during this past decade. But […]

A Rose By Another Name: San Jose’s Bike Party

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A crowd assembles at the beginning of San Jose Bike Party, April 16, 2010. Let’s just say right away that Critical Mass is a bike party, and the San Jose Bike Party has a lot more similarities to Critical Mass than differences. A half-dozen San Francisco and Berkeley Critical Mass veterans took a field trip […]