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Critical Mass Night Bike Ride thru the streets - no signal stops w/police escort

 

Critical Mass Bicycle Ride

Critical Mass is a fun bicycle ride which gives you the freedom to ride on the streets of Los Angeles with thousands of cyclists without having to stop for signals. The police block off the intersections, and we ride the streets with police escorts. LA Critical Mass monthly rides are approximately 30 miles with a speed around 10 miles per hour. There are always at least two brief stops.

Each month the ride takes a different route which is part of the fun. LA Critical Mass rides are on the last Friday of each month. Previous rides have covered Downtown, West Hollywood's Santa Monica Bl., Hollywood Blvd. between Highland Ave. and Western Ave,  Thaitown, Little Armenia, Mid-Wilshire, Koreatown, East Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and many other neighborhoods.

For more information visit their website and Facebook page Los Angeles Critical Mass.


STARTING TIME AND LOCATION OF THE RIDE:

The ride departs promptly at 7:29 PM at the northeast corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Western Ave.

 

MEETING TIME AND LOCATION FOR OUR MEETUP GROUPS:

We meet AT 7:00 PM on the plaza at the northeast corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Western Ave. near the stairs in front of the CLEANERS sign as shown in the photo below. Look for Ramsey who wears a helmet with a Meetup sign on top of it.  

 

 

 

ENDING TIME AND LOCATION:

The ride ends between 11:00 PM and Midnight at Sunset Blvd. and Western Ave. which is located near the Metro Red Line Station at Hollywood Blvd. and Western Ave.

Note that the starting location and ending location are different!

 

PARKING YOUR CAR:

It is best to park your car close to where the ride ends on a street near Sunset Blvd. and Western Ave. If you are planning on joining us for a bite to eat after the ride park near Sanamluang Thai Restaurant at 5176 Hollywood Blvd. at N. Kingsley Dr. which is 4 blocks east of the Hollywood Blvd. and Western Ave. Metro Station.

Check the signs so you don't get a traffic ticket. Allow adequate time to get to the starting point of the bicycle ride. I suggest at least one hour.

 

HOW TO GET TO THE STARTING POINT OF THE RIDE:

1. Take your bike on the Metro to the Wilshire Blvd. and Western Ave. Metro stop.

After you park your car you can ride your bike to the Metro Red Line stop at Hollywood Blvd. and Western Ave. Take the Metro Red Line to the Wilshire Blvd. and Vermont Ave. Metro stop and transfer to the Metro Purple Line which goes to the Wilshire Blvd. and Western Ave. Metro stop where the ride starts. To see a map of the Red Line and Purple Line Metro stops CLICK HERE.

2. Take your bike on a bus to Wilshire Blvd. and Western Ave.

3. Ride your bike to Wilshire Blvd. and Western Ave.

 

DINING AFTER THE RIDE:

After the ride join us at Sanamluang Thai Restaurant for a bite to eat.

 

Sanamluang Thai Restaurant
5176 Hollywood Blvd. at N. Kingsley Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

 

IMPORTANT SUGGESTIONS:

Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.

Make sure your bicycle is in good working condition with it's tires properly inflated and the chain lubricated prior to the ride. Make sure your bicycle has front and rear lights.

Bring spare tubes, a pump or CO2 cartriges, levers and a patch kit in case of a flat tire.

Bring water to drink and food or power bars to eat.

Learn and use standard hand signals for group rides.

 

Disclaimer: This Meetup group, it's organizers and members take no responsibility for any injuries nor accidents that may occur during events. By joining this ride you take full responsibility for your own safety. Please ensure that you are in good health before participating and understand that there is risk involved in your participation. This Meetup group does not certify the qualifications of any of it's organizers or trip leaders, and they are not responsible in any way for your safety. We are all just participants, nothing more.

 

This event is crossposted on other Meetup groups.

 

 

You'll also have the chance to meet:

6 ACTIVE - Adventurists from "Southern California Outdoor Adventurers on Meetup.com"

21 Adventure People from "Adventure People"

1 Outdoor Adventurers from "Great Outdoors - Los Angeles"

8 Creative Explorers... from "A Downtown Los Angeles and Los Angeles Metro Meetup"

8 Adventurers from "Adventure-Us"

2 Foodies from "Foodie Connection"

3 Fun People from "Southern California Gay & Lesbian Club (and Friends)"

6 outdoor enthusiasts from "LA Outdoors"

A total of 62 people are expected to attend!

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  • Carolyn

    So, I think I'm not in shape enough to do the entire ride - is the route posted anywhere, so I could park my car somewhere about halfway or so? I couldn't find anything posted on the Critical Mass sites. Thanks. I'd really like to do this ride.

    September 27, 2013

    • Jeff H.

      That's beauty of this ride. They don't tell us the route. We just follow the police escort. Each month is different route. Its total of 30 to 35 miles and there will be two to three stops, one with 20 minutes break.
      Join us. You'll have great time.
      BTW, don't bring a beach cruiser unless you are in good shape. :)))

      September 27, 2013

    • Carolyn

      Thanks for the info, Jeff. I need to get in better shape before I do these rides, I think! It gives me a good goal to work up to.

      September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great to meet you all! I really enjoyed the ride night even thought I was exhausted at the end. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/382243678

    This shows where we rode tonight. Have a wonderful weekend.

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly I have to miss this one

    September 23, 2013

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