Critical Mass, London
A leisurely pedal around the centre of London
(Photos ©urban75, Saturday, June 26th, 2009)
A cracking summer's evening saw a bumper turn out for the monthly Critical Mass bike ride.
The ride meets on the last Friday of every month, underneath Waterloo Bridge on the South Bank - cyclists usually assemble from 6pm onwards, with the ride setting off around 7pm.
Like the London World Naked Bike Ride two weeks before, the unplanned route took in a few of the sights of London, including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham palace.
Apart from some positively psychotically incandescent cabbies (and, to be honest, one or two testosterone-overcharged cyclists), this was a fabulous ride, with hundreds of cyclists enjoying a leisurely, car-free saunter around the streets of central London.
Here's some photos from the ride:
Guy with a Segway checks out the penny farthing bike. Penny farthing bikes were invented by James Startley, an Englishman born in Albourne, West Sussex, in 1831.
Waiting for the off.
Segway and penny farthing.
Past Lambeth palace.
Houses of Parliament.
Parliament Square, where the ride paused for a while.
Through Admiralty Arch and along The Mall.
A cycle ride outside Buckingham Palace.
Several sound systems were playing Michael Jackson tunes after his untimely death the night before. We trust Her Majesty enjoyed them.
Outside the gates.
Cheery armed police by Buckingham Palace.
Befuddled cop by Hyde Park.
Up Park Lane. Moments before two absolute arseholes on superbikes had swerved their way through cyclists at dangerous speeds, revving their bikes to a screech if people didn't get out of their way instantly.
Looking back up Regent Street.
It kicked off here with a bizarrely incandescent cab driver who nearly drove over several bikes. It's weird how some drivers will patiently sit in line if the traffic jam is caused by other cars, but when it's human powered traffic - BAM! - they go apoplectic with rage.
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