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Bicyclists of all ages needed to help raise bicycle awareness

Greater Lafayette Critical Mass is back for the season to help raise awareness of bicyclists on roads. The goal is for drivers to pay more attention to people on two wheels.

Posted: Jun 29, 2018 10:36 AM
Updated: Jun 29, 2018 10:39 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — After a bit of a hiatus, Greater Lafayette Critical Mass is back for the season. The goal is to round up bike riders and cruise down streets to help raise awareness of bicyclists on the roads.

People of all ages are welcome to join this fun and educational way to kick off the weekend. Greater Lafayette Critical Mass is a slower ride and you can choose any bike you want to join this movement.

For the event to function, there needs to be a turn out to create a "critical mass" of riders. The point is for riders to be noticed around rush hour traffic and hopefully drivers start to pay more attention to people on two wheels.

"Being in big group like that kind of forces the public to recognize that yeah, we are out here and it just makes it safer for everybody in the end," said Ride Leader Justin Wade.

Wade joined critical mass about four years ago and has led more than 15 rides. He said a lot of times, single riders can get overlooked during heavy traffic. He adds this group bike ride is a learning experience for drivers, but also for bike riders.

Wade said this is a chance for the riders to learn the rules on the road, "Stopping at all the stop sign and stop lights. Signaling when you're stopping and turning. So it's just all around kind of a safety lesson."

If you would like to join in the movement, the group is meeting Friday at Riehle Plaza at 6:00 p.m. and the ride usually lasts for about 60 to 90 minutes. Greater Lafayette Critical Mass meets the last Friday of each month until October.

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