Wikepedia explains the Critical Mass best. Here’s what it says:
“Critical Mass is a bicycling event typically held on the last Friday of every month in over 300 cities around the world. While the ride was originally founded in 1992 in San Francisco with the idea of drawing attention to how unfriendly the city was to cyclists,direct action of meeting at a set location and time and traveling as a group through city or town streets on bikes.” the leaderless structure of Critical Mass makes it impossible to assign it any one specific goal. In fact, the purpose of Critical Mass is not 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 Houston ride has been going on for a few years and averages anywhere from 100 – 150 riders on a good month. May have been more at times. Regardless of size, this ride is a collective of just about every type of bike and person. Everyone shows up to hang out and take part in one common passion, riding their bike.
The route is different each month. Sometimes a route is preplanned, while other times we all just wing it or base the route on a couple of destinations or after parties. One ride, for example, had us all going to the Galleria area to visit a last minute art show by one of Houston’s Local artists. We showed up to this art show like a swarm of bees, drank, ate some good food, hung out and headed out to another stop. That’s how we roll!
The Houston Mass meets on the last Friday of each month at Tranquility Park in Downtown Houston. We meet between 6:30 – 7pm, with the ride taking off around 7pm. All bikes are welcome. The average ride lasts about 2 – 3 hours, but it all depends on the stops and final destination. Average time on the road is about 20 miles or so, but because the ride is so chill, it doesn’t even feel like that long.
If you have any questions, please contact us at info(at)houstoncriticalmass.com. See you at the next ride.