critical mass

Perez and I participated in the Philly Critical Mass this past Friday.

From the website:

Critical Mass is an unorganized coincidence that happens in cities around the world on the last Friday of every month. It is a ride through the city to celebrate and remind everyone about the use of the bicycle as an effective means of transportation.

It was actually a lot of fun and a very interesting experience. I was a bit worried as I’ve seen the videos on YouTube showing people crashing into cars or getting into confrontations, but none of that happened on our ride. People did yell at some drivers, especially the ones who tried to run them over. But all in all, everyone was very friendly and most people seemed to understand. A lot asked what the ride was for, while others cheered the group on.

We rode through Center City, South Philly, The Art Museum, Fairmount and West Philly. It was a great way to see the city by bike without worrying about someone crashing into you, or you moving fast enough for a car.

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