Black Critical Mass
on December 5, 2009
The Black critical mass group, Red, Bike, Green, is a Bay Area urban bicycling group that meets every first Friday of each month to mingle and ride their bikes.
The one requirement: you must be of African descent.
The group, which began a year ago, started to “improve the physical health, individual economy and local environment of African Americans by strengthening the relevance of bike culture within the Black community,” which is pushed by the group’s founders Jenna Burton, 27, and Ross Robinson, 29. The group now has about 40 members.
“We just like getting people together and having fun,” Robinson said.
The mingling begins at Lane Splitters in Tesmescal for pizza and beer and the riding ends at Art Murmur for a good time.
“I’m always in favor of a beer before or after riding,” he said.
Both Burton and Robinson began urban bicycling about two years ago. Robinson has been riding since he was a child and grew an interest BMX biking before turning to urban.
Their bikes: old fashioned with curved handles. Burton’s had multi-colored handles and a beige old-fashioned curved seat. Robinson’s was orange with green wheels. Both had helmets, of course.
When the weather gets warmer they hope to have a larger turnout and organize more frequent rides.
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