Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Clemson Critical Mass Ride
Ever taken part of a critical mass ride? Typically, it's these rides are meant to demonstrate the "critical mass" of cyclists that exist in a given community. Promoting awareness of bikers can lead to planning of more amenities (bike lanes, paths, racks, programs), safety and an increase in health and wellness. Some rides are faster and more law-abiding than others, but rides that are well-organized are inclusive, uplifting, fun and a time to get to know other bikers in your area. Critical mass rides are meant to be a slower-paced ride so that ALL who want to bike can.
Folks in Clemson is starting a critical mass ride event. Starting this Friday, August 26, cyclists in the area will meet at 4pm at Reunion Square, also known as the intersection of SC 93/Old Greenville Highway and College Avenue in Clemson, just off of Bowman Field. Come for a short time, ride your bike, wear your helmet and help promote awareness in the Clemson (City + University) Community. This is meant to be the kickoff ride, and future critical mass rides are scheduled for the last Friday of the Month. (I won't be there because I have to work....bummer.)
Other rides, critical mass or otherwise, can be found by getting involved with your local cycling community. In the Upstate, check with your local bike shop or subscribe to the Cyberspinners list serve.