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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Critical Mass - Masse Critique



Do you know Critical Mass? According to this website, "Critical Mass is a monthly bicycle ride to celebrate cycling and to assert cyclists' right to the road."
Vous connaissez Masse Critique? D'après ce site, "Masse Critique est un rassemblement mensuel de cyclistes dont le but est de célèbrer et d'affirmer et leur droit à la route."



The idea started in San Francisco in 1992, and quickly spread to other cities all over the world. Apparently, there is even one in Paris, called Velorution.
L'idée commença à San Francisco en 1992, et s'est répandue rapidement dans d'autres villes dans le monde entier. Apparemment, il y en a même un à Paris qu'on appelle Velorution.


In San Francisco, Critical Mass starts out at the Ferry Building at the beginning of Market St., every last Friday of the month, at 5:30 p.m.
A San Francisco, le rassemblement de départ est au Ferry Building, au début de la rue Market, tous les derniers Vendredis du mois à 17h30.



These pictures were taken - completely by accident, by the way - at 18th Street. The light is not the greatest, sorry.
Les photos sur ce billets ont été prises - tout à fait par hasard, d'ailleurs - sur la 18ème rue. La lumière n'est pas terrible, désolée.

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Additional Resources:

Critical Mass Info Information about Critical Mass events in cities around the world; information about cycling, etc.

Critical Mass Essays, Flyers, Images from San Francisco

San Francisco Chronicle article written on the 10th Anniversary of Critical Mass, year 2002

Photographs of the 10th Anniversary event in San Francisco

Masse Critique : le mouvement Masse Critique expliqué en Français

7 Comments:

Blogger Voix said...

The last time I was in SF (around Halloween last year, I think) I saw a critical mass ride -- everyone was dressed up in costumes. It was the coolest thing I'd seen in a long time. Minneapolis has a critical mass ride, too.

8:17 AM  
Blogger brigetoun said...

elle est charmante cette rue

10:57 AM  
Blogger diopter said...

Some friends of mine do Critical Mass here in New York, and I've heard some crazy stories from them--arrests, fights with cops, etc. I imagine the SF version is far more civilized! :)

6:57 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Michele: Personally, I think these guys are kind of fun, too; I've seen them in costumes a few times and it wasn't even Halloween :)

Brigetoun: le quartier tout entier est tres sympa avec des petites maisons typiques de SF. Avec les beaux jours qui sont revenus, j'ai bien l'intention de retourner prendre des photos de jour pendant les WE, mais cela devra attendre mon retour de France, mi-Juin.

Diopter! Long time!!! Good to see you again :-D You raise a good point. Maybe people around here are slightly more laid back, but I'm really not a "critical mass specialist" and I don't know if there were incidents here. I hope not! After all, the cyclists are just having a little fun and the whole thing (if everybody behaves) seems pretty harmless. Of course, guys driving cars caught in the mass (mess) probably don't feel quite the same way ...

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Chris de Gre (F) said...

Amazing§ Un embouteillage rien qu'avec des vélos!

1:10 PM  
Blogger Philoo said...

Effectivement à Paris il s'agit de la vélorution et c'est tous les premiers samedi du mois !!!

1:28 AM  
Blogger DoctorDentons said...

diopter: I too live in Manhattan and have been trapped in a critical mass ride, but they seem to be a merry bunch and as you know 23rd St. at rush hour is no picnic on any day.

3:51 AM  

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