Courteous Mass Bicycle Ride
INDYCOG launched the Courteous Mass, Critical Manners bicycle ride in July 2010 as something of an alternative to the Critical Mass movement that had developed something of a sour name for itself. Unlike Critical Mass, the Courteous Mass / Critical Matters road bike ride emphasizes being a part of traffic instead of apart from it - to be a visible and positive example of the cooperation that can exist between cars and bicycles if people generally respect not only laws, but each other.
Courteous Mass / Critical Manners meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at the American Legion Mall, across from the Central Public Library.
Here are the details of this bicycle ride:
- We'll ride a bit slower to ensure that no one is dropped and that the Mass stays a mass.
- We'll stop at all red lights. If a light turns red mid-mass, the riders who made it through should pull over to wait for those who were caught at the light.
- We'll only take up one lane, at most two, if it is a major thoroughfare.
- We'll signal our turns.
- We'll be inclusive - sadly, cliques happen, but more than anything, Courteous Mass / Critical Manners encourages cyclists of all kinds to attend and hopes to foster an attitude of celebration to all things two-wheeled and pedaled.
Our whole point is to be a part of traffic, to be a visible and positive example of the cooperation that can exist between cars and bicycles if people generally respect not only laws, but each other.
The Courteous Mass / Critical Manners bicycle ride doesn't exist as an insult to the Critical Mass movement, so much as an alternative. There is no intent of us versus them between Courteous Mass / Critical Manners, and Critical Mass - feel free to ride in both, but just understand and respect the differences between the two road bike rides.