Critical Mass: taking to the streets!
WHAT'S IS ALL ABOUT?
Critical Mass is often described as an 'unorganised coincidence'. It happens when a lot of cyclists happen to be in the same place at the same time and decide to cycle the same way together for a while
WHAT'S THE PURPOSE?
"Everyday, all over the world, people are resisting the problem culture of the car by getting on their bikes and riding, instead of driving.
Critical Mass is a celebration of the alternatives to cars, pollution, accidents and the loss of public spaces and freedoms.
Not an organisation or group, but an idea or tactic, Critical Mass allows people to reclaim cities with their bikes, just by getting together and out-numbering the cars on the road"
WHAT HAPPENS ON A CRITICAL MASS?
Each one is different and they follow no set route, with the direction being spontaneously chosen as people cycle along. Anyone is free to join or leave the ride as it pedals along.
The ride lasts no more than a couple of hours (depending on the weather!) and usually ends in a conveniently placed pub for more drinks.
Most all, they are peaceful, safe and fun!
DO I NEED A BIKE?
Nope! Critical Mass is not just for bikes - skateboards, roller blades, wheelchairs, pogo sticks - in fact any form of non-motorised, non-polluting are all very welcome!
FIND OUT MORE
Check out the excellent Critical Mass, London site
CRITICAL MASS UK:
Critical Mass London
London Critical Mass discussion list
Global CM listing and resource
Critical Mass Flickr
New York Critical Mass
World Critical Masses listings
Critical Mass - Europe
Adbusters: reclaiming urban space
Critical Mass Times
Reclaim the streets
UK CYCLING LINKS
CTC - cyclists' campaign group
London Cycling Campaign
Brixton cycles co-op
Oxford Cycling Campaign
This site is for information purposes only and we are in no way involved with organising Critical Mass. We agree that
it's far better to fill the city with smoky cars and travel slower than a sleepy sloth in lead boots than to offer clean reliable public transport and encourage pollution-free cyclists....
CRITICAL MASS PHOTOS
» CRITICAL MASS PHOTOS HOMEPAGE
Photos from the London events
» Critical Mass July 2006
» Critical Mass June 2006
» Critical Mass Oct 2005
» Critical Mass June 2003
» Mayday Critical Mass, 2003
» Mayday panorama
» Critical Mass, Sept 2002
» Critical Mass, May 2002
» Critical Mass, Apr, 2002
» Critical Mass, 1995
» When is a demo not a demo? (BBC Oct 2008)
» Toronto Critical Mass (May 2008)
» Cyclists win police court battle (BBC 06/2006)
» Reclaim the beach, June 2003
» Free Tube party
» Reclaim the Streets archive
« Party and Protest photos
UK CRITICAL MASSES
Note: Rides subject to cancellation/ change - be sure to check before jumping on your bike! Please mail us if our information needs updating.
BRIGHTON Critical Mass Brighton bike rides meet at the Level (BN2 3FX) on the last Friday of every month at 6pm
Last Friday of every month
protest through central London. Meet up at
6-7pm on the Southbank near Waterloo
Roundabout, London. More info.
2nd Friday in the month, Shepherds Bush
Green, opposite the Empire Theatre at 6.00
BIRMINGHAM 1st Fri, St Phillip's Cathedral, 5.30pm » more info
Last Sat of every month, noon, Museum steps near the Cardiff
university union (Park Place).
Last Fri of month, meet Garden of Rememberance, Parnell Square, 6pm.
Edinburgh last Fri 5.30pm corner of Charlotte Square nearest Queensferry Street.
*** Now cancelled - see thread.
GLASGOW last Sat, Byres Rd/ Uni Ave, 2pm
GUILDFORD last Fri, meet BR, 5.15pm
LEEDS last Friday of every month, 5:30pm
Meet Millennium Square, opposite the Brotherton Wing of the Hospital. Leeds city center.
MANCHESTER Meet last Friday of the month, 6pm at the Central Library
NEWCASTLE first Saturday of every month at St Thomas Church, 12 noon, St.Thomas Church, nr. Haymarket, Newcastle
Mailing list: http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/critical.mass
NOTTINGHAM 4th Fri, Market Sq, 5.15pm
SHEFFIELD 5.30pm on the last Friday of every month on the
concourse of Sheffield University Student's Union, Western Bank, S10.
SOUTHEND second Friday of the month, assembling at 6pm outside WHSmiths' at the top of the High Street. (207 High Street, SS1 1LN) email@example.com
Southampton Third Friday of every month 6pm.
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