Cycling group Critical Mass celebrates 15th anniversary, keeps on pedaling
The cycling group Critical Mass turns 15 years old this month! It all began in San Francisco in September 1992 as a bunch of bike commuters getting together for a ride, and quickly turned into a global cycling phenomenon with chapters in most major cities worldwide, as well as many smaller locales. The last Friday of every month, cyclists gather for a ride, often snarling traffic by accumulating in numbers that can’t be ignored, to reclaim the streets on behalf of human-powered transport and at least temporarily reverse the traditional cars-first hierarchy of the road. Critical Mass has been credited in some places with linking fellow alt-transportation enthusiasts who then together manage to advance pedestrian and bike-friendly initiatives in their city. In other locations, it’s a popular rolling party. Whatever it is, it’s a blast. Happy 15th!