|Critical Mass was
born in San Francisco on September 25, 1992. Since then, close of business
on the last Friday of every month is an opportunity for bicyclists to show
their numbers and promote bike lanes on public streets as well as the need
for alternatives to fuel burning cars and oil dependency. Frustrated motorists
often clash with members of the Critical Mass movement - now a worldwide
happening - sometimes leading to violence and arrests. Confrontation can
be an effective political tool, particularly in San Francisco, where several
bike lanes have been designated in the years since the first Critical Mass.
For most participants, however, Critical Mass is a peaceful convergence
of upbeat people whose principal message is "Share the road."
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