Critical Mass Houston is a casual bike ride starting from downtown Houston and going wherever. Cars rule the road every day, but one day a month we get together to celebrate our love for bicycles and have fun riding our bikes. This is generally a slow-paced ride where persons of all skill levels can participate. People start gathering around 6:30 and we roll out around 7:15pm. We’re usually at our final location between 9:30 – 10pm, and each time we try to finish some place fun and hang out for a while.
Meet up on the last Friday of the month between 6:30 – 7PM at the Historical Market Square Park at 301 Milam in downtown. It happens every month, rain or shine. We’re pretty easy to spot, just look for the thousands of bicycles.
If you’ve never participated in Critical Mass before, please go over the simple instructions listed below:
1 This ride belongs to all of us. Take care of it.
2 Keep the pace/speed being set by the ride leaders at the front of the group. This is not a race.
3 Stay in the right lane whenever possible.
4 Please DO NOT show aggression to vehicles. Drivers may sometimes show their frustration by honking or yelling at the mass. Please ignore them and keep the peace.
5 Drinking is not recommended during the ride. Please save drinking for after. Riding while intoxicated is not safe for you or other riders around you. Also please don’t litter.
6 Please do not ride recklessly. Have fun during the ride but please don’t ride in a way that is unsafe for other riders around you.
7 Have fun and know that each rider represents the entire mass. Help us work to keep a good reputation with the city and drivers that share the road with us.
Day of the Ride
1 Inspect your bike for any possible repairs needed.
2 Check your tire pressure, make sure you have the correct PSI.
3 Wear light colored clothes so you are visible when it gets dark.
4 Drink plenty of fluids, eat fruits, and bring an energy bar.
5 Allow plenty of time to make it to Market Square Park so you don’t get left behind.
6 Bring front and rear lights, wear a helmet.