Critical Mass

Advocacy Group, Education Group
Critical Mass is a cycling event typically held on the last Friday of every month; its purpose is not usually formalized beyond the direct action of meeting at a set location and time and traveling as a group through city or town streets on bikes.

The event originated in 1992 in San Francisco; by the end of 2003, the event was being held in over 300 cities around the world.

Critical Mass has been described as "monthly political-protest rides", and characterized as being part of a social movement. It has been described as a "monthly protest by cyclists reclaiming the streets." Participants have insisted that these events should be viewed as "celebrations" and spontaneous gatherings, and not as protests or organized demonstrations. This stance allows Critical Mass to argue a legal position that its events can occur without advance notification of local police.
Group Rides
The usual thing with Critical Mass: - some folks being to congregate around 7:00 - ride begins/leaves at 7:30 PM - casual, social pace... more
- 10-ish miles
- no stops (many riders congregate at T&P Tavern afterwards)

Critical Mass is traditionally NOT a no-drop ride. Although we will be riding at an easy pace, please be prepared to finish the ride or get yourself back should you get separated from the larger group.

What does "be prepared" mean?
- bicycle is fully functional and able to complete the ride
- tires inflated (before the ride!) to the approriate pressure
- charged lights: front and back
- source of water
- the ability to ride at least ten (10) miles that will likely encounter some kind of hills/inclines.
Road, Mountain Bike, Cyclocross, Social
Mostly flat
Friday, 29 Dec, 2023Monthly on the fifth Friday
7:30 PM
Critical Mass Houston is a casual bike ride starting from downtown Houston and going wherever. Cars rule the road every day, but one day a month we get together to celebrate our love ... morefor bicycles and have fun riding our bikes. This is generally a slow-paced ride where persons of all skill levels can participate. People start gathering around 6:30 and we roll out around 7:15pm. We’re usually at our final location between 9:30 – 10pm, and each time we try to finish some place fun and hang out for a while.

Meet up on the last Friday of the month between 6:45pm – 7:15pm at the Historical Market Square Park at 301 Milam in downtown. It happens every month, rain or shine. We’re pretty easy to spot, just look for hundreds of bicycles. 

If you’ve never participated in Critical Mass before, please go over the simple instructions listed below:

1 This ride belongs to all of us. Take care of it.

2 Keep the pace/speed being set by the ride leaders at the front of the group. This is not a race.

3 Stay in the right lane whenever possible.

4 Please DO NOT show aggression to vehicles. Drivers may sometimes show their frustration by honking or yelling at the mass. Please ignore them and keep the peace.

5 Drinking is not recommended during the ride. Please save drinking for after. Riding while intoxicated is not safe for you or other riders around you. Also please don’t litter.

6 Please do not ride recklessly. Have fun during the ride but please don’t ride in a way that is unsafe for other riders around you.

7 Have fun and know that each rider represents the entire mass. Help us work to keep a good reputation with the city and drivers that share the road with us.
Road, Social
Novice, Intermediate
Expected Turnout:
Friday, 22 Dec, 2023Monthly on the fourth Friday
7:00 PM
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