Newark Bike Project held their inaugural Critical Mass ride on Friday evening, March 2nd. Despite the dreary weather, 9 riders took to the streets of Newark, ringing their bells and spreading bicycle cheer. Everyone adhered to traffic laws and made no attempt to impede or disrupt traffic. In Newark, as in most other cities, the event will be viewed as a “celebration” and spontaneous gathering, and not as a protest or organized demonstration calling attention to any specific cause.
A critical mass is a great opportunity for cyclists to gather and show their presence within the community by riding throughout as a group. Traditionally, these events take place on the last Friday of each month. The purpose of Critical Mass is not usually formalized beyond meeting at a set location (NBP’s shop at 318 S. College Ave) and time (usually 5:30pm), and traveling through the city or town’s streets on bikes.
Stop by Newark Bike Project’s website today, and take a ride!