Critical Mass ride set for Friday |

Critical Mass ride set for Friday

By Paul Andrew

Tribune staff writer

For local student Sterling Walstrum, it started as a college project, and now is his passionate cause.

As organizer of what he hopes will be a monthly event, Walstrum has scheduled his second “Critical Mass” ride on Friday, beginning at 5 p.m. at Miller’s Outpost at the “Y”.

The bike ride, which will head down Highway 50 to the casinos and back, is meant to open awareness to alternate modes of transporation in hopes of getting more people out of their cars.

“South Tahoe is an easy town to get around in, so people don’t always need to rely on their cars all the time,” Walstrum said. “Cars definitely have an affect on our lake’s clarity.”

Walstrum got the idea while taking a Social Justice and Equity class at Lake Tahoe Community College.

“The teacher, Jennifer Gurecki, tried to start one but didn’t get a great response,” Walstrum said. “I really want to promote it to make it a regular event.”

The first ride, held in late May, drew between 40 and 50 riders, all ages, sizes and with many different styles of bikes.

“I’m hoping to get over 100 on a regular basis,” Walstrum said. “I’d like to have the event every month, even in the winter.”

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