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Monthly Critical Mass bicycle ride set for 6:30 Friday at Ritter fountain

Feb. 14, 2013 @ 05:03 PM

HUNTINGTON —  The monthly community bicycle ride called Critical Mass begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the Ritter Park fountain.

Cyclists will travel about six miles during the free monthly event. The Critical Mass monthly bicycle events began in San Francisco in 1992. Local cyclists do a Critical Mass ride very third Friday at 6:30 p.m. beginning near the Ritter Park fountain

The events are not races, and everyone can attend. The path follows a 6.3-mile loop through the city that is also a flat route.

“This month will start off with a little bit of dusk left, and the forecast is for temperatures to be in the low 40s to upper 30s,”  reports organizer Joel Mullins. “Totally manageable! Just remember to have good gloves, warm socks, and a hat or balaclava.”

Mullins also states, “Try to keep a slow pace so we don't leave anyone behind, and don't forget to stop if you are the first part of the group to come to a red light, as this is a chance for people to group back up after they may have spread out. Remember, West Virginia has granted us the right to the road, but we are all responsible for making sure we are safe, responsible users of it, so that we can stay what might be one of the most peaceful, beneficial, and productive Critical Mass rides in North America.”

"Critical Mass is a celebration of alternate forms of transportation and their right to be on the road just as much as the motorized ones. We want to be accepted as part of traffic, not be a pain in the ass for our fellow road users.

This is a monthly group ride on the third Friday of every month that is be about 6 miles, all on flat grade and very easy. ALL are welcome, this is not a race. Regardless if you are slow, fast, young, old, or riding a unicycle, you should come. The only reason you need to come is a desire to ride on the streets your taxes go toward to pave with the vehicle of your choice."