A Critical Mass Halloween in San Francisco

Though the Bay Bridge closure clearly reduced traffic in downtown San Francisco last Friday, bicycle activists congregated nevertheless. This Critical Mass ride, a group of protesters who gather on the last Friday of every month to “celebrate cycling and to assert cyclists’ right to the road,” was dressed up in their Halloween finest.

I stood in front of the ferry terminal for about an hour watching costumed cyclists rolling in from every direction. Hundreds of folks and their bikes — many of which were also dressed up — gathered at the Justin Herman Plaza at the Embarcadero. A few rode around shouting things like “bikes don’t use gas!” but the mood was peaceful yet celebratory.

I took some photos to share — there were way too many great costumes to capture but the following gallery is a small sampling of what was on display. Warning: there are a pair of booty cheeks in photo number 12.