“Critical Mass is an event typically held on the last Friday of every month in cities around the world where bicyclists and, less frequently, unicyclists, skateboarders, inline skaters, roller skaters and other self-propelled commuters take to the streets en masse. The ride was originally founded with the idea of drawing attention to how unfriendly the city was to bicyclists.“
Tomorrow (April 25, 2008) will mark the gathering of another Critical Mass (Honolulu) which will start at 5pm at the State Capital Beretania side in downtown Honolulu. Last month’s critical mass resulted in a clash between the police and cyclists in which an incident between an officer and a rider occurred after key roadways were taken over during Friday afternoon traffic. Police are hoping after their discussions with the group regarding the problems facing bicyclists in Honolulu, that this Friday’s ride will not result in another incident.
For those of you who commute in the downtown Honolulu area and have wondered what is going on the last Friday of every month, now you know. For the most part the riders that participate in Critical Mass are not out to cause any problems, but use this as a way to show their discontent with the not so bike-friendly city of Honolulu and to bring awareness that motorist and cyclists must learn to share the road. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to get out there and enjoy a ride will fellow cyclists as well.
To the motorists out there, remember next time your driving along in your car, be sure and keep a look out for cyclists and same goes for cyclists to make sure you look out for the motorists and follow applicable traffic laws. Let’s work together and share the road.
“LAST FRIDAY” Critical Mass Short Documentary – A short documentary of San Francisco’s Critical Mass 10th anniversary. Take a look inside one evening from a bicyclists point of view. Whether you like the event or not, it’s perhaps a perspective the mainstream media often ignores.