On the last Friday of every month in over 300 cities around the world, cyclists congregate to ride in demonstration and in celebration. Critical Mass has no leaders and no agenda. Cleveland Critical Mass meets the last Friday of every month at Public Square downtown Mall A (till construction of Public Square is complete)  at 6:30pm and departs promptly at 7pm.  We typically plan to meet at a local establishment following the ride.  People come together to ride for many different reasons: to assert cyclists right to the road; to promote bikes as a fun, healthy and viable alternative to cars; to build a greater sense of community;to get more folks on bikes; or simply to celebrate bike love and ride in solidarity with other like-minded individuals and have some fun!


Critical Mass is:


– A leaderless, spontaneous bike ride through the streets of Cleveland (and hundreds of other cities worldwide)

– A time to ride your bike without fear through busy downtown streets

– A great way to meet other bicyclists, pass out fliers, learn about other events

– A meandering celebration of bicycling

– Something different for everyone

– Family-friendly

– A visionary projection of what our future might look like


Critical Mass is not:


– Dangerous, violent, threatening, or exclusive

– A place to buy, sell, or capitalize

– A race to the finish


Mission Statement: Cleveland Critical Mass is a local grassroots initiative to promote bicycling as a means of transportation and recreation, assert bicyclists’ rights to the road, build and foster community, and have fun.  In concert with over 300 cities internationally, Critical Mass group bicycle rides originating from Downtown Cleveland take place on the last Friday of every month.

Whereas Cleveland Critical Mass promotes and supports all things bicycling, community building and development, sustainability, complete streets, and advocacy for bicycles, the initiative is not directly affiliated with any group or organization.

Guiding Principles
  1. CCM bicyclists should remain conscious of and obey traffic laws and local ordinances at all times to the best of their ability.
  2. CCM bicyclists should always watch out for each other.  In the event that a CCM bicyclist becomes injured or disabled on the road, others should buffer and protect that individual from traffic and other dangers until he/she is able to mobilize once again or move to a safe location.
  3. Advanced CCM bicyclists in the front of the mass are asked to cork intersections and shield bicyclists from potential oncoming vehicular traffic, politely thanking motorists for waiting for the group to safely pass.
  4. CCM bicyclists should respect motorists and non-motorists alike at all times.
  5. Each CCM bicyclist is asked to help grow the mass and build momentum for the group, and accordingly, should encourage friends, family, acquaintances, and others to participate in CCM.
  6. CCM is a celebration of Cleveland and bicycling.  CCM bicyclists are encouraged to greet passersby, cheer, wave, ring bells and horns, and/or sing to draw positive attention, build interest, and demonstrate that the group is fun and friendly.
  7. As one of the goals of CCM is to build community amongst bicyclists and Greater Clevelanders, socializing with other CCM bicyclists is encouraged before, during, and after the ride.
  8. CCM focuses upon adults more than families.  Adults with children may ride at their own discretion.  Minors not accompanied by an adult are not advised to participate in CCM.
  9. CCM is a voluntary activity, and everyone chooses to ride or not ride for themselves.  CCM in no way can be held responsible for injury or damage, personal or property, arising from participation.  Those involved in publicizing or sponsoring CCM or otherwise are not responsible for the actions and conduct of the bicyclists who participate on their own as individuals.

29 Comments on “About”

  1. Terry Hickey says:

    When was the first Critical Mass Ride in Cleveland? My son, Patrick, who was killed riding his bike on June 13, 2008, first rode in a Cleveland Critical Mass Ride in the summer of 2007. He had experienced his first Critical Mass Ride in Seattle, while attending Seattle Pacific University. Keep up your efforts to Share the Road!

    • clecritmass says:

      Its hard to say when. There have been many unsuccessful attempts to start a Mass in Cleveland. I do remember a group of 40 or so Massers getting pulled over where about 15 of them received “reckless operation” tickets, (riding more than two abreast—and for not having bicycle licenses and handlebar bells) in May of 2003.

    • clecritmass says:

      1996 was just confirmed by many riders

  2. ki says:

    Keep up the good work. A SUV hit me and cyclist in the spring when the SUV went through a light

  3. I am the chairman for the Parma Hts. International Festival held at St John Bosco and Home Family Club on Aug 14-17, 2014. My Group would like to sponsor the July Critical Mass ride to Parma Hts by way of W.25 (Pearl Rd). Please contact me if this is possible.

  4. […] I tried to figure out who was riding in this past Friday’s Critical Mass bike ride, I was shocked to learn that many people have no idea what Critical Mass is. So let me […]

  5. Megan says:

    I am interested in hosting a night for the riders after their ride, where they can come and eat and enjoy the atmosphere, possibly some food and drink specials. If you could let me know who to contact, or have that person contact me, that would be great. Thanks!

  6. erin Gebhard says:

    I would be very interested in being a vendor at this event. Is it to late? My company is called Keep Calm Cleveland Clothing and we sell Cleveland and Cleveland sports themed t-shirts and hoodies. Feel free to check us out and let us know if you have any availability!

  7. Daryl says:

    Question: how do I find out where the August 2013 ride will go?

  8. Ti says:

    Question: if we attend the burning on the river fest after the ride, where do you suggest we park. I can’t see me riding back to the square at 11 pm. Is there somewhere near the fest to park, then ride our bikes to the square to join the rest of you to ride back to whiskey island?

  9. John Eldred says:

    CCM – I have been an avid cyclist for almost 30 years in the Cleveland area and think your idea is great but you really need to reinforce to participants the importance of following traffic laws or you risk making drivers and the public more hostile to cyclists than they already are.

    • clecritmass says:

      John, There is a vast amount of opinions of exactly what cyclist rights are, as well as a vast amount of ways to assert them. The majority (not all) of the riders that take the front obey the traffic laws. We have found that we are much safer if we stick together as one dense mass, that is why the rear goes through red lights. The local police seem to agree with our thought, that is why they have helped us through many intersections as one mass. When we don’t have the police helping us we use “corkers” to help keep us safe. Many corkers take this opportunity to positively talk with the drivers about cycling, then they thank them for their patience. Lastly our driving motivation is to grow our mass, we are very concerned with safety but we don’t want to be “mother hens”. I hope you take the time to join us next month and thank you for your comment.

  10. Steven Rohrer says:

    Are there CCM t shirts and if so how do I get one?

  11. Mandi says:

    Would like to come tonight couple questions, where do you park? And how do you get back to your car at the end? Thanks

    • clecritmass says:

      You could either park downtown near Public Square and then bike back to your car after the ride is over. Or, since the ride is ending on W. 25th at Nano Brew, you could park in the lot behind West Side Market, bike down to Public Square, and then be very near to your car after we reach our destination.

  12. Mark Rabkin says:

    June’s ride was great! Have you picked a destination for July? I might suggest the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern in the Waterloo Arts District of Collinwood. It is a 9 mile ride along the Lakefront Bike Trail. Here’s a prospective map – http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/112993999. Thanks!

  13. Kelly says:

    We rode for the first time last night it was great. Where is the next location going to be?

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