The last Friday of every month is a cyclist’s delight. Critical Mass is an unofficial bike ride in Miami that is devoted to the celebration of bicycles. Anyone who is willing and able is welcome to join on the monthly ride. Sometimes you may find the occasional skateboarder or rollerblader among the mass, but for the most part a massive amount of bicycles will take to the streets for an evening of fun.
While all are encouraged to participate, safety is a huge priority in the ride. Riders are encouraged to cooperate with drivers, not to antagonize them. The group utilizes a technique called corking to protect ride members from possible car dangers. Corking can be explained as using bikes as barriers to allow ride members to pass by without being interrupted by drivers. It usually only causes a few minutes delay to the drivers and is essential to the safety of the riders.
This month’s ride falls two days shy of Halloween night. Critical Mass will be Halloween themed and all are welcome to ride in their bravest of costumes. Robby Campbell, co-editor of BeachedMiami.com, did the Halloween ride last year and is looking forward to going out again this year. “Last year’s Critical Mass Halloween Ride was a memorable experience,” said Robby. “There were a couple hundred riders in Halloween costumes terrorizing the streets of Miami. I remember these guys on a two-person bike were dressed up as a bobsled team.”
This year Robby believes the turn out will be even better than last. “Thanks to the passion of a lot of dedicated people, Miami’s bike scene is really strong, and I’m sure that will show this Halloween.”
The ride will pass through Brickell, Downtown, Little Havana, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables and Edgewater. The route is 19 miles in total. Cyclists are encouraged to wear costumes that will allow them to ride as safely as possible, and of course to bring their safety lights.If you would like to join Critical Mass in the monthly ride, the group meets at Government Center in Downtown Miami.
Be there at 6:30pm the last Friday of the month. The ride begins at approximately 7:00 pm.
Bikes are allowed on the Metro Rail, and can get off on the Government Center stop to avoid the hassles of parking downtown.
Remember that bikes are only allowed on the last car of the train.
What to bring:
Lights (it will be dark)