How to Critical Mass

Critical Mass in New Haven is help on the last Friday of every month. It meets at 6PM around the flagpole on the New Haven Green.

From wikipedia:

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, 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.

Elm City Cycling has the following advice for those participating in Critical Mass:

Critical Mass Safety
Peace in the Streets
Simple rules for a great event.

1. Yield to all emergency vehicles such as police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances.
2. Be aware of the type of ride. If riding in procession with a police escort blocking side traffic for the mass, you may pass through lights and stop signs. If riding without an escort, obey all stop signs, stop lights, and other rules of the road. When in doubt, obey the usual rules of the road.
3. Do not antagonize pedestrians or motorists, either verbally or physically. If a motorist is confronting you, do not escalate the situation. Speak softly and calmly, and explain that this is a peaceful protest.
4. Some accidents and arguments will happen. Don’t join in confrontations with others. Try to defuse tension whenever possible.
5. Do not block any cars that in turn, block the mass. Letting these cars pass will lead to a smoother, safer ride. Please let trapped pedestrians pass. You might help them by escorting them across the road.
6. Talk to drivers. Explain why you participate in Critical Mass, and let them know others cycle for many reasons: to bring attention to everyday transportation problems such as steadily increasing congestion, to promote cycling and mass transit, to improve the environment, and for fun.
7. If you witness a crime by another rider or motorist, notify the police so they may deal with it accordingly.
8. Don’t be a hero. You are not invincible, and an angry motorist in a car creates a dangerous situation for everyone.
9. Relax and enjoy the ride.
10. Encourage other riders to do the same.

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