Critical Mass celebrates its 20th anniversary with a huge central London ride

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

Cheekily often described as as an ‘unorganised coincidence’ of cyclists,  Critical Mass has seen a monthly gathering of cyclists pedalling their way around central London, and last Friday’s big ride marked the 20th anniversary of the event.

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

As is the tradition, the meeting point was under Waterloo Bridge – which was a good job seeing as the rain was pelting down.

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

The traditional pre-ride chat.

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

Some very stylish bikes.

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

Sound system present and correct.

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

Heading off over Waterloo bridge.

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

Critical Mass celebrates its 20th anniversary with a huge central London ride

Above: archive view from a Critical Mass in 1995. See more archive photos here.

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

Moving towards Buckingham Palace.

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

 

 

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

Cocktails outside the Palace? Don’t mind if I do.

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

Bikes, sound system and drinks outside ‘er Majesty’s gaff.

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

And now it gets even better – bikes, sound system, drinks AND Dulwich Hamlet!

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

Along Regent Street.

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

Into Trafalgar Square.

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

Critical Mass 20th anniversary, Waterloo Bridge and central London, Friday 25th April 2014

Hundreds of cyclists in the Square.

Here’s two more archive photos from an early Critical Mass in 1995:

Critical Mass celebrates its 20th anniversary with a huge central London ride

Critical Mass celebrates its 20th anniversary with a huge central London ride

See Critical Mass archive reports and photos here.

[All 2014 photos by @goldtop]