Santa Monica Critical Mass

So as to not compete with the Critical Mass rides the previous week, Santa Monica Critical Mass meets the first Friday of every month.  The ride begins at the Santa Monica Pier or UCLA and Venice Beach at 5:30pm
(merges with main ride).

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What to Expect at Friday’s Critical Mass

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Believe it or not, this was done with the officer’s consent. Photo: Digable Soul/Flickr Critical Mass has gone mainstream.  Following last month’s "Critical Mass Attack," where an officer was caught on tape kicking at cyclists’ bikes before the cameraman was tackled to the ground, it seems you can’t go anywhere without reading or discussing Critical […]

The “New” Critical Mass: Evolving, Not Dying

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When I rolled up to Wilshire and Western at 7:00 P.M. last Friday, there were already close to 750 cyclists present, everyone was in a good mood, and there was still a half hour before the ride was even supposed to start.  Ridecards were being handed out urging cyclists to follow the rules of the […]

Santa Monica Physical Mass

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In the past couple of months the Santa Monica Police Department has cracked down on the monthly Critical Mass rides assigning at least a dozen officers every month to follow cyclists and basically harass them with nuisance tickets.  Oftentimes, these tickets are dismissed, and the extra effort costs the SMPD about $3,000 a month. Well […]

Riding the Westside with Venice Critical Mass

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(Editor’s note: this is third in a monthly series of ride reports on Critical Mass from throughout the region.  In April it I rode Pasadena.  In May, Los Angeles.  This month was going to be Costa Mesa, but I decided to put it off until the fall so instead it’s the nascent Venice Critical Mass.) […]