Safety is our #1 concern at Critical Mass

Follow these simple rules so we all stay safe and ride home at the end of the night.
  • Wear a helmet!
  • Use front and rear lights.
  • Yield to all emergency vehicles
    Police Cars, Fire Trucks & Ambulances.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Don't join in confrontations with others.
    Some accidents and arguments will happen, try to defuse tension whenever possible.
  • Let Cars and Pedestrians Pass.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Don't be a hero.
    You are not invincible, and an angry motorist in a car creates a dangerous situation for everyone. If you witness a crime by another rider or motorist, notify the police so they may deal with it accordingly.
  • Relax and enjoy the ride.
  • Encourage other riders to do the same.