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Monday, September 24, 2012

Video of the Day: Happy 20th Birthday, Critical Mass!

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 8:30 AM

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On the last Friday of every month, hundreds of bicyclists gather in cities around the world for Critical Mass -- a ride geared at reclaiming public space, bike rights, and good times. This week marks the 20th Anniversary of Critical Mass, which originated in San Francisco. Art exhibits, concerts, film screenings, and other Critical Mass festivities will be held every day of the week, including the big ride on Friday, Sept. 28 (leaves at 6 p.m. from Justin Herman Plaza).

We're also excited about Bikes, Bands, and Brew: The Critical Mass Birthday Party at CELLspace on Thursday at 7 p.m., with performances by Grass Widow, Apogee Sound Club, The Rabbles, and Future Twin.

You'd be wise to put your pedal to the metal today though, with a scenic ride from S.F. to San Mateo and back, led by an expert trail rider who promises to point out the little known spots south of the city unbeknownst even to locals (bring lunch and water!). Tonight is the official kick-off party, with an art exhibit and party at The Welcome Center, a pop-up home base for the anniversary celebration. Whether you're a seasoned rider or novice, prepare to kick it into high gear.

To get you in the mood, check out this cool video from Hungary's Critical Mass.

City Of Joy from daniel fiantok on Vimeo.

For more events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook.

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