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Critical Mass: Bicycling's Defiant Celebration

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Monthly in cities around the world, bicyclists take over the streets in an "organized coincidence" called Critical Mass. Riding along several hundred strong, hooting and hollering, whistling, laughing and singing; it is a coup on wheels, a clever tactical strike against our oil-dependent culture. Containing writings from participants worldwide, this colorful book bundles t ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by AK Press
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Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
Some good articles, some not. A lot of redundancy. If you've ridden in mass, you'll get it. If not, I urge you to ride in Critical Mass and then read this book. Or read them together. By the end it felt like a marathon. I thought some of the more historical essays towards the end were interesting. ...more
Apr 26, 2007 rated it liked it
This is an inspirational look at the critical mass movement and bike riding in general-non-competitive riding. I've been on one critical mass ride in DC during a September 2005 anti-war protest and it was awesome! The essays here explain what it's like to take over the streets with your bike to those who have never done it and may want to. The essays do get repetitive, but that is the nature of the movement where every voice gets a chance to be heard. ...more
Apr 12, 2010 rated it liked it
I liked some of the essays but most just got on my nerves. I don't care about infighting between random bike factions in San Francisco that took place in the late 1990s. Also, a lot of these essays struck me as being written by 1337 bike bros who were totally at the first ever critical mass and are obviously totally awesome. (And that's how their essays came across, smug and annoying.) I mostly skimmed this. Still, I'm excited to go to a CM one of these days. ...more
Franco Vite
In questo bel saggio si racconta la storia di un'idea geniale per quanto semplice: in una civiltà del caos, dello smog, del traffico, della follia a quattro ruote, quale può essere la migliore provocazione, quella più ficcante, per denunciare questo delirante sistema?
Semplice: andare in bicicletta. Critical Mass!!
In tanti, durante le ore di punta.
Non si commettono reati, ma si fa impazzire un folle, idiota, tragico sistema impazzito.
In piedi ad applaudire :)
Jan 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone really in cycling, otherwise forget about it
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Chris Carlsson, executive director of the multimedia history project "Shaping San Francisco" (, is a writer, publisher, editor and community organizer. He was a founder of the ground-breaking magazine Processed World, and helped launch the monthly bike-ins known as Critical Mass that have spread to five continents and over 300 cities. Carlsson has edited and authored numerous books, in ...more

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