Are you ready to ride? Click at the bottom to learn more about the monthly free Chicago Critical Mass bike ride on the last Friday of each month (October 30 this month), which starts from Daley Plaza, Dearborn & Washington at 5:30 pm on the last Friday of each month, regardless of season or weather. These rides are free and fun and kick off at 5:30 pm at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602. All you have to do is show up with your bike.
Critical Mass is a bike ride plain and simple. The ride takes place on the Last Friday Of Every Month (in Chicago anyway). A Critical Mass is created when the group of riders comes together for those few hours to take back the streets of our city. The right of the people to assemble is guaranteed in the Constitution, and Critical Mass helps people remember that right. The Mass itself has no political agenda, though, no more than the people of any other community do. Critical Mass is open to all, and it welcomes all riders to join in a celebration of riding bicycles. Why? Because bikes are fun! Once you realize that, you’re free to enjoy the exhilaration that is a large bike ride. It’s quite a sight to be parading down Michigan Avenue with thousands of fellow riders, wishing pedestrians and drivers a “Happy Friday!”
Chicago Critical Mass is a community, yet it’s also part of a worldwide Critical Mass community as a whole. Critical Mass rides take place all over the world each month, and Chicago is proud to join in to proclaim our love of bicycles. If you love bikes, and you want to show others how you feel about cycling, come join us!
For more information on the origins of Critical Mass, please see the excellent Wikipedia page on the subject.
People are also Massing-Up all over Chicago, so you all don’t have to make the Delay Plaza Critical Mass any more massive than it already is – start a Critical Mass Ride in your neighborhood!
Several Happy Friday rides happen in the metro area monthly: