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Tips for LA’s Critical Mass Bicycle Ride

Tonight, Los Angeles Critical Mass, the largest community bicycle ride group in the United States, will be riding from Wilshire Blvd and Western Ave to Sunset Blvd and Western Ave – a distance of approximately 30 miles. Riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome to join and the event is absolutely free (Critical Mass is donation based). This is the group’s final summer night ride for the year, so don’t miss out! There is nothing quite like riding with thousands of other cyclists in the streets of LA with a cool summer breeze at your back.

Just remember, though, Critical Mass is a collective effort. Every bicyclist’s behavior can impact the “vibe” of the ride. To keep Critical Mass the open, fun, and family-friendly grand biking event that it is, all attendants should review and follow the tips below:

  • Bring a positive attitude. Critical Mass attendants are for the most part very nice and amiable. Talk to strangers and you may just come out of the ride with new friends. However, you are also free to just sit back, enjoy the ride, and people-watch – whatever suits you. Just don’t be a jerk.
  • If you’re at the head of the pack, bike slowly and keep the “Mass” together. This isn’t a race. The point is not to get to the destination as fast as possible. Rather, the point is to have dense bicycle packs take over the road. Going too fast may cause the herd to scatter. This is a big no-no.
  • Don’t let angry motorists get under your skin. You will most likely come across more than a few annoyed and angry motorists during the ride. If one honks at you, curses, or provokes you in some other way, don’t take the bait. Just smile and wave. Critical Mass is all about having fun, not picking fights.
  • Go wild. Wear a costume, decorate your bike, play party songs on your boom box – express yourself in any way you like as long as it is keeping with the spirit of Critical Mass.
  • And stay safe. Don’t ride into oncoming traffic on the wrong side of the road. Don’t race ahead of the pack to block cross traffic for the arrival of the Mass. Just use your common sense and you should be fine.

The Los Angeles bicycle accident attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm wish everyone partaking in today’s Critical Mass event a safe and happy ride!