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Critical Mass bike ride, London Feb 2011

Assembling on the last Friday of every month underneath Waterloo Bridge, central London, Critical Mass is an ‘unorganised coincidence’ which involves a lot of cyclists all deciding to cycle the same way together for a while. It’s also a lot of fun.

If you’re new to Critical Mass – this is what it’s all about:

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.

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!

Ready for the off.

Through Regent’s Park.

Roadblock in Camden, complete with the traditional ‘bike held aloft in the air’ moment!

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