FAQs

FAQs

So, what does this all mean? Let's break it down,

/ˈˌkridəkəl ˈmas/: a size, number, or amount large enough to produce a particular result

Critical Mass Summit is a two-day, in-person event designed to reduce barriers to participation in the trails, cycling, and active transportation community to create an inclusive, vibrant, and healthy culture. The 2022 summit expands to include all genders in order to bring more allies to the table for discussion of trails, cycling, and mobility.

This year, the event will be hosted at Mt Sequoyah on Friday, November 4-Saturday, November 5. Saturday, November 5 provides participants with in-person activities around Northwest Arkansas followed by a community Critical Mass Ride at Prairie Street Live at 3pm. 

Critical Mass Summit's goal is to build a more inclusive trail, cycling, and active transportation community. This summit welcomes marginalized community members and existing stakeholders to engage in our region's built environment; we’re redefining who is a part of “the bubble” of decision and influence. With national and local voices leading the conversations, Trailblazers’ hope is that attendees walk away with the tools to positively impact the development of active transportation infrastructure and support building an inclusive culture.

Any form of human-powered transportation, such as walking, cycling, using a
wheel-chair, in-line skating, or skateboarding.

Those who are interested in or already engage with trails, cycling, and active transportation.

This includes all interested community members, city staff and leaders, elected officials, nonprofit organization staff and leaders, small business owners, educators, event organizers, community builders… and YOU.

We are looking to increase participation byBIPOC, women, trans and nonbinary, queer, and other marginalized community members who have historically been excluded from decision-making around our built environment.

We are also inviting men and those who have historically been a part of decision-making around our built environment.

Through the lens of trails, cycling, and active transportation, Critical Mass Summit will explore the experiences different identities have and how each can be effective in bringing about positive change. We ask for attendees to join concurrent sessions that they most identify with: affinity or accountability. Our speakers and facilitators will guide attendees in understanding how their identities both impact and empower their ability to bring about change.

Affinity spaces are a time and place for people who share an identity (generally a marginalized identity) to gather and talk in a safe space about issues related to their identity.

Accountability spaces are intended for people who do not identify as part of a marginalized community (generally White and/or cis-gender) to reflect, process and ask questions with the intention of becoming more effective allies to marginalized communties.

Marginalized communities are groups and communities that experience discrimination and exclusion from mainstream social, economic, educational, and cultural life and/or unequal power relationships.

Examples of marginalized populations include, but are not limited to, groups excluded due to race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, language, and/or immigration status.

All Critical Mass Summit programming leaders are researched and selected by the Critical Mass Summit planning team.

These leaders are a mix of regional and national people who bring experience and knowledge to the table, be that in active transportation, planning, community organizing, or another related field. These leaders align with the mission of the summit and live a lifestyle that is consistent with summit goals.

If you are interested in speaking at Critical Mass Summit or making a recommendation, please reach out to Lauren Hildreth at [email protected]

There are a number of ways for individuals and organizations to support the summit - with time, in-kind or financial support. Please reach out to Lauren Hildreth at [email protected] to discuss.

The summit is hosted by Trailblazers in partnership with Bike.POC.

Community partners and sponsors help make the event a success! Please visit our website’s sponsor page for a full list and more information.

CRITICAL MASS SUMMIT 2023 EVENT DETAILS

Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5

Attendees can register and participate in the Critical Mass Summit in person on Friday and Saturday or Friday only by optin-out of Saturday experiences. Early bird pricing begins on September 6 and closes September 30.

Scholarship tickets, financial support, and reduced-rate tickets are also available through the registration process. See more in the section about financial support. 

Full Summit In-Person / Friday and Saturday

  • Full Summit
    • This ticket includes all in-person programming for the Critical Mass Summit for both days. This includes Friday's in-person sessions, meals, reception and Saturday's activities. Please select your activity preferences when you register. Placement in activities will be on a first-come-first-served basis until full. Please see the Critical Mass Summit schedule for more information or contact us with questions.
  • Full Summit Scholarship
    • Registration serves as an application. Please follow the registration process and we will contact you within 5 business days.
      This ticket includes all in-person programming for the Critical Mass Summit at no charge and should be applied for by those who would otherwise not be able to participate due to financial barriers.
      This includes Friday's in-person sessions, meals, and reception and Saturday's activities. Please select your activity preferences when you register. Placement in activities will be on a first-come-first-served basis until full. Please see the Critical Mass Summit schedule for more information or contact us with questions.

*Note: the virtual summit option has been removed due to low registration. 

Full Summit In-Person

This ticket includes all in-person programming for the Critical Mass Summit. This includes Friday's in-person sessions, coffee and beverages throughout the day, lunch, and light refreshments in the afternoon.

This ticket includes all components of Saturday's experiences including light refreshments, snacks, equipment, and transportation if needed (will be communicated upon placement). Please select your activity preferences when you register and visit Saturday Experiences page for more details. 

 

Friday Virtual Summit Only

This ticket only includes access to programming on Friday, November 4 via livestream. This ticket does not include access to any in-person programming, events, meals, recreational activities, or swag and is best for participants who cannot travel to Northwest Arkansas or live locally and cannot participate in other elements of the summit.

Saturday recreation activities cannot be added-on to this ticket. To participate, please register for a full weekend summit ticket.

 

Critical Mass Ride

The Saturday Critical Mass Ride is open to all participants and members of the community of all ages. It is FREE to attend and does not require registration. Any ticket type is welcome to participate and invite friends, family, and colleagues. 

The event is hosted in-person at Mt Sequoyah in Fayetteville, AR and online via Zoom Events for virtual participants.

We highly encourage carpooling, public transit, and active transportation to Mt Sequoyah. Parking is available onsite. The City of Fayetteville also has a different “micro mobility” options including electric scooters. Please wear a helmet!

More information about using Ozark Regional Transit to access the event can be found on our website. 

Virtual attendees will participate via Zoom Events. Links and instructions will be emailed at least one week prior to the event. 

Saturday, November 5 provides participants with in-person recreational opportunities around Northwest Arkansas to provide an encouraging place to try out a new activity and expand their personal or professional interests. 

Activities include various styles and levels of guided rides (gravel, mountain bike, greenway), adult learn to ride, hiking, yoga, pottery, rock climbing, bike build volunteer project, and more.

Affinity space activities will also be available such as BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color), Queer, QTBIPOC (queer, trans, black, indigenous, people of color), and Women. Space is limited in each activity and people are encouraged to register early to increase the likelihood of participation in their top choice.

See the full list of experiences and partners on our website.

Critical Mass Summit is rooted in relationship and community building, particularly between those who may not cross paths regularly. We believe this connection is strongest when spending time outdoors, trying new things, or bonding over shared interests. 

For those who are interested in participating in the in-person summit and are unable to join us for the Saturday experiences, we first ask that you consider the Saturday component as important as Friday's content. If participation on Saturday isn't possible, we have offered an option during the registration process to "opt-out of Saturday experiences."  Please select this for both primary and secondary choices when prompted. 

We understand that there may be a number of reasons why participating on Saturday is out of reach and hope that you'll consider the portion of your ticket that covered those costs as a donation to the purpose and future of Critical Mass Summit. 

In an effort to meet people where they are physically, financially, or geographically, we have offered virtual-only or in-person options at varying price points. See more under "What types of tickets are available to participate?"Attendees should select the option that best works for them. Scholarships for in-person attendance will not be awarded to those unable to participate on Saturday and are encouraged to register for the reduced or by-donation virtual ticket. 

On Saturday, November 5, summit participants and community members are invited to join the first Critical Mass Ride in Fayetteville from 3pm to 5pm.

All types of bikes and mico-mobility devices (scooters, skateboards, e-bikes, etc) are welcome to join the Critical Mass Ride. Joining the ride should be based on comfort and confidence in riding at a slow pace with others, it is beginner-friendly, and no one will be left behind. All ages, abilities, and bikes are welcome. 

A limited number of cruiser-style bicycles will be available for free to summit attendees and can be reserved when registering. 

Decorations, lights, music, and other flare is encouraged! Have fun and be safe! We encourage all riders to wear a helmet. 

Critical Mass Ride from Prairie Street Live in Fayetteville from 3pm-6pm. Ride out at 3:30pm and return at 5pm for music, food, drinks, and s'mores from Yummallo!

 

DETAILS

3pm meet at Prairie Street Live

3:30pm roll out on a 4-6 mile ride

5pm return to Prairie Street Live

5pm-7pm enjoy music, food, drinks, and s'mores from Yummallo!

 

Community members are welcome and encouraged to join, regardless of participation in the overall summit. Invite your friends, family, co-workers, and more!

Visit the website and follow on us social media @critical.mass.summit.

Accessibility

There will be onsite accessible parking at Mt. Sequoyah.

The venue is set up in a manner that allows ADA access to upfront, mid, and distant seating with reliable visibility. This space includes reserved accessible seating. The full event footprint is between two buildings, on a mixture of surfaces including gravel, grass, and pavement with paved pathways between buildings.

Interpreters will be with each session onsite and around throughout the event for support.

Some slides will be available as a pdf before the event by request.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to fully engage and enjoy the experience. Please reach out to Lauren Hildreth at [email protected] to request accommodations or for other inquiries about accessibility. 

All types of bikes and mico-mobility devices (scooters, skateboards, e-bikes, etc) are welcome to join the Critical Mass Ride. Joining the ride should be based on comfort and confidence in riding at a slow pace with others, is beginner-friendly, and no one will be left behind. All ages, abilities, and bikes are welcome. 

We will post the route and what to expect in advance to help reduce confusion, barriers, or uncertainty. Please reach out with any questions. 

If you need access to an adaptive bike or device, please reach out to [email protected] We don't have any on-hand but may be able to work with community partners. 

Some of the activity options for Saturday are accessible or can be with advance notice. Just give us a shout beforehand!

Activities that are accessible or have adaptive options: 

  • Climbing sessions at CLIMB Bentonville
  • Champion of My Sound with MY-T-BY-Design
  • Bikepacking 101 Workshop with All Bodies On Bikes
  • Pottery Workshop with Fifth Street Studio

To help create safe, inclusive, and inviting spaces, we have developed Community Guidelines. Please review them before the event or refer back to them when thinking about how we all build better spaces.

Trailblazers Community Agreements

Ticket release, session leaders, and Saturday experiences coming soon!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4-5, 2022

SAVE THE DATE!

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