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Critical Mass is a movement with no leaders or formal organization behind it. No one in charge — which is another way of saying "everyone is in charge!" There are as many ideas about what Critical Mass is as there are participants.
Given that fact, there are — and should be — competing visions of what Critical Mass is about. Is Critical Mass a protest whose purpose is to gum up motorized traffic and make things difficult for anyo...(tharr be more)ne in a car? Or is Critical Mass a celebration of bike culture that changes the rules of ordinary life by opening up public space to public participation? Should Critical Mass be led spontaneously by the loudest voices at the front of the ride? Or should it follow a route from time to time, as it did in its first few years? Is Critical Mass about staying downtown, where traffic is densest? Or can it also be about exploring other neighborhoods and vistas?
Come to this forum to discuss these and other competing visions of what Critical Mass is and can become. Bring your ideas, bring your open ears and minds.
Chris Carlsson, Hugh D'Andrade, and others will faciitate this conversation.