If you're new to Critical Mass Los Angeles, you'll find that choosing to ride offers riders regardless of age, type of bike and nearly all levels of skill an opportunity to celebrate, meet others, and join with others encouraging more to ride a bicycle.
Come alone and meet others, or bring your friends, either way you'll have fun. Riders with questions at the start or stops are encouraged to ask one of the Ride Crew Volunteers, who can be identified by their yellow vests, and orange bike flags.
With speeds around 10-12 mph, gradual elevation if any, and a typical distance of around 30 miles, rides are friendly inclusive celebratory experiences. Riding together en mass, riders enjoy a leisurely pace conducive to a rolling conversation. Some enjoy the ride as an urban date night, others as an opportunity to meet new people or enjoy time with their friends and family members.
Los Angeles Critical Mass routes vary each month and typically end around Midnight or a little earlier. Endpoint of LA Critical Mass rides is Sunset Blvd. and Western Avenue, which is very convenient to a Metro Red Line Station.
Please ensure your bicycle is safe to ride and complies with the legal requirements. Due to the fact that there are riders of different skill levels, it is recommended all riders wear a helmet, possess a front and rear light, have at least one working brake, and carry a spare tube, levers, a patch kit, pump and a wrench if necessary.
At stops: Snacks, spoke cards and drinks are available for donations of $1.00/$2.00 each from the Ride Support Vehicle with the yellow flashing light. Tubes and patch kits are also available for sale if needed. All donations support the efforts to keep the ride experience positive for all and to encourage more to cycle. Please help us, help our fellow cyclists by purchasing from the Ride Support Vehicle.
America's largest rolling conversation, Los Angeles Critical Mass rides are among the largest bike rides of any type in the country. Please ride respectfully and responsibly. LA Critical Mass rides are a celebration, not a confrontation. Talk with each other. Talk with the Police Officers. Wave and smile at motorists, and pedestrians and encourage them to join us.
A significant presence of Officers of the Los Angeles Police Department are present during each ride. Please follow the instructions of the Officers. Currently, the Officers during the rides travel just to the right of double yellow lines in the direction we are riding, leaving the remainder of space for riders. Avoid riding close to the Officers, since they are keeping a path on the left side of the ride open for the motorcycle officers. When Officers fill an entire lane, there is a logistical reason why they do so and sometimes we ask for them to do so because of a potential road hazard.
Occasionally a rider will ride too closely to the Officers, and to avoid that from happening, riders are encouraged to ride further to the right of Officers than they might otherwise.
All riders are encouraged to ride to the right of all double yellow lines in the direction the ride is pedaling. A vehicle traveling in the opposite direction suddenly seeing a rider who is riding on the wrong side of the street could cause a motorist to swerve their vehicle into the mass of riders. This is a danger to all riders. We ask riders to help make rides a positive experience for all by riding safely and encouraging others to ride appropriately.
Please avoid riding on sidewalks during the ride, even if legal.
If you want to organize a meet up to ride to the start point of the ride with other people in your area,
go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/lacmforum/
post there and discuss the arrangements.
Make sure you meet up early enough to get to the ride start point on time, since it will roll on time, at 7:29pm. If you can not arrive on time, please identify, in advance, others on the ride who you can telephone so you call them to catch the ride.
All riders taking Metro bus or rail should verify the times for their connections to ensure they arrive at a station timely. Currently Metro Rail Trains last departures are after the end time of the ride. However, be certain to check if Holiday or other schedule changes effect your schedule. Automobile parking is also available near the start and end points. Be certain to read all traffic signs, and then re-read them so you are certain to avoid a parking ticket or tow.
Watch this video on youtube about safe ride conduct: