When Chicago’s Critical Mass started 20 years ago, cycling in Chicago was a different experience.
There were few bike lanes, not nearly as many riders and rare opportunities for riders to get together and meet.
Active Trans, then known as the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, was 10 years old and knee-deep in the effort to bring more than 4,000 bike parking racks to Chicago.
For those who haven’t experienced a Critical Mass ride, think of it as a rolling celebration open to anyone on a bike.
Since starting in the early 1990s in San Francisco, Critical Mass rides have spread throughout the United States and to some 300 cities around the world.
During warm weather, thousands of people often attend the Chicago rides, which are held on the last Friday...