September 2021

Critical Mass has no leaders and no one is entitled to make any announcement on its behalf. If there ever is any, the correct response to such an announcement would be for people to ignore it and make up their own minds.

We loved the London Critical Mass ride. It’s definitely one for every cyclists calendar!

We left from Waterloo and went around the city. It was great!

If you want a better report, posts yours to londoncriticalmass@riseup.net or to the list http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/cm-london otherwise every one will be turning to reports or comments from face book to keep informed!

July 2021

There is now a Telegram group for real-time reports on where Critical Mass is at, in the evening of the last Friday of every month: Critical Mass Location update

Critical Mass has no leaders and no one is entitled to make any announcement on its behalf. If there ever is any, the correct response to such an announcement would be for people to ignore it and make up their own minds.

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June 2021

Critical Mass has no leaders and no one is entitled to make any announcement on its behalf. If there ever is any, the correct response to such an announcement would be for people to ignore it and make up their own minds.

However there is a mailing list where reports are shared sometimes; this is where the following text comes from. (The picture comes from face book)

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May 2021

We left from Waterloo and went around the city, including, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Hyde park as shown in the picture taken from face book

If you want a better report, posts yours to londoncriticalmass@riseup.net or to the list http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/cm-london

April 2021

Some reports or comments from face book:

Great night for the Birthday ride, CM 30 April 2021, a fun night for Critical Mass London’s 27th anniversary

a fantàstical eve

I was gonna bring my longboard but given how fast it’s been recently I thought it was a bit brave.

did not expected that pace. Usually I join the lfns and it’s just right. Mass is slow was my opinion. Mass was a great blast.

wonder if it is keeping cyclists away from it too

We left from Waterloo and went around the city. It was great!

If you want a better report, posts yours to londoncriticalmass@riseup.net or to the list http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/cm-london

March 2021

Some reports or comments from face book:

Nice mass, maybe a bit more cycling would be nice….

Wow so CM still going on in this pandemic. I’m guessing everyone got caught in the rain 🌧then.

It hasn’t stopped dude, we did get caught in the rain a a bit whilst at Southside, but we all just stood under cover. Was great for the remainder of the evening. Lacking in cycling though

If you want a better report, posts yours to londoncriticalmass@riseup.net or to the list http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/cm-london

Feb 2021

From the list http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/cm-london :

Pasted from alternative forum which not all here have access to but some may be interested in :

“Admin note: It’s has been brought to our attention that there has been a couple of incidents of bike thefts, and phones being snatched out of the general public hands on the past couple of Masses.

Whilst theft, as well as crimes of other sorts are “part and parcel of living in a big city”, this is still an upsetting thing to hear about. I shouldn’t have to write this post, but I feel it’s important to inform and change.

For many years, I have been (allegedly) going to Mass. Change happens. Mass is not the same beast as it was, nor shall it remain this way for long either.

No one is responsible for anyone else’s actions but their own on Mass, but as individuals we can make choices that negatively or positively influence the experiences of others. There is safety in numbers, which is why I feel safe coming on Mass throughout my time of doing so.

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Jan 2021

Report from the list http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/cm-london :

This was my first Mass, and I loved it!
Looking forward to the next one, already blocked on my calendar.
I discovered a few secret London corners, great itinerary.
I would prefer for the group to stay more compact, many people were straddling and got lost, which is a shame.
I’m in two minds about the red-light jumping. I’m ok from a safety/legal perspective, but I don’t want to give “cyclists” a bad name. In terms of advocacy, if someone’s considering taking on cycling and they see us, some may say “cool”, but many others will think, “how dangerous/reckless” etc.In any case, sometimes I got the impression that we were going a bit out of our way to piss motorists off by blocking traffic unnecessarily. It ties back to staying more compact.
Finally, I’d appreciate leaving on time.
Anyway, overall very happy to have joined the group! Oh, and thanks for insisting on not using Facebook, haha!

Itinerary: Southbank, police, Waterloo bridge, Kingsway, High Holborn(?), Trafalgar Square, The Mall, Constitution Hill, Piccadilly, Haymarket(?), Trafalgar Square, police, Strand, Waterloo Bridge, York Road, Leake Street (graffiti tunnel), police, The Cut, Southwark Station, Quietway 14, Southwawrk Bridge, Upper Thames Street, party split Old Billingsgate riverside/Tower of London entrance (maybe more).


Some reports from Face Book

It was a great night for a ride around London.

It seems that some police presence at SouthBank led to a very early start, so there were loads of people looking for mass after it had left.

Police was there right on time for 7pm so everyone made a very quick run. I don’t think a mass ever started so early. 🤔

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Opinions….

Critical Mass was never about blocking the streets but being a part of the streets. The norm is usually to cycle around non stop at a leisurely pace so everyone could stay together.

Dic 2020

There was No one Here (South Bank) at 18:36. Empty

Albert & Hick did the mass, Pro forma, a loop of the bridge, across the bridge and back again.

There was one very awkward man waiting for friends who said they would be going on a private ride. And another two people hiding next to the railway line. The usual kind of townies who hide in the middle of the mass.

The locals you’d expect to see weren’t there.

The ‘private ride’ might have set off later. But mass occurred on schedule and in accordance with the law (as it happens).

To add to the info … I was there earlier; at 6.30, with no other takers,
and given it was (I was) chilly, I set off on a solo ride around SE1. Then I
returned to the NFT and – as already reported – then there were two of us.

So there were at least two mini-CMs – a solo and a double [yes, let’s call
that one the “real” one]. And perhaps the other several people still there
when I left again at 7.15, soon after Hickster had headed off, went on some
sort of ride too….

All in all, a rather smaller turn-out than the smallest Christmas Day London CM ride in the past – and that one was with added snow…

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