Critical Mass, Urban Space and Vélomobility

Critical Mass is an international, monthly event where bicyclists briefly take over city streets to celebrate bicycling, demonstrate their collective strength, and send a clear message to the public: 'We are not blocking traffic, we are traffic!' In this essay, the author explores how Critical Mass functions as both a performative critique of motorized space and a critical response to automobility. Rather than offering an empirical account of Critical Mass, the politics of Critical Mass are discussed through the lens of the Situationist International, or situationists--a group of avant-garde artists and architects that developed a unique program of spatial politics in the 1950s. Using the situationists as a reference point, it is explained how Critical Mass impacts the progress of formal bicycle advocacy, the term 'vélomobility' is conceptualized within a paradigm of utopian urbanism.

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  • Accession Number: 01055302
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 9 2007 6:13PM