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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Nov 2020

Given it was a dark winter night, and there were continuing restrictions on
people moving around to a normal extent, it was good to see what must have
been more than 100 cyclists around the NFT area. That was the good news.

However … as seems inevitable these days, the ride didn’t move off until
7.30 or later. Frankly, if I’ve been standing around getting chilled for an
hour or more, after an already tiring day, I’m really not up for hanging
around that long to get moving. Since it set off just as I was about to give
up, I joined in – though for less than half an hour. It was mostly uneventful
for the first stretch – and went over the bridge, and headed north up to
Holborn and on northwards.

It was uneventful, that is, except for the number of (mostly young and
male, as it happens) cyclists doing wheelies into oncoming traffic on bikes
with no lights. That also didn’t encourage me to stick with the ride for
long. (Sorry if I sound like Mr grumpy.)

I’d be interested to know what happened subsequently on that ride…

Oct 2020

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

Sept 2020

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

August 2020

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

July 2020

A bit on where the ride _didn’t_ go:
As expected, I wasn’t free to go to Waterloo Bridge at 6 or 6.30pm. I was eventually free in time to be heading south over the bridge at about 7.30 – and hoping very much for there to be no sign of the mass. (Because I’m very keen for it to get back to starting more promptly, as was once the case.)

However, as I cycled over, I saw hundreds of bikes heading the other way. (So – the mass continues to increase in size again, following it’s rather “compact” nature at the beginning of the lockdown.)

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May 2020

2 First person reports:

I arrived at 6pm, and saw various cyclists around (most of them passers-by and pretty obviously nothing to do with CM). After a while, a woman who was already there – seeing me hanging around – identified herself as a CMer. And then there were two!

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April 2020

My healthy outdoor out-of-lockdown exercise yesterday took me to the embankment under the south end of Waterloo Bridge at about 6.45pm; there were no bikes or cyclists gathered there…

It occurred to me that the London CM might recently have become a “reformed character” while I’ve been mostly absent from it for a while, and had reverted to its “proper” timing: meeting from 6pm onwards and setting off soon after 6.30 (ah – they were the days…).

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March 2020

This is the month in which much of “the West” went into lockdown and physical distance as a way to deal with a pandemic.

There were reports that in that closed network that spies on every one, whether we belong to it or not, and is only accessible by selling your soul and friends, there was a debate on whether to actively promote the mass being cancelled this month as some attempted to for the last couple of months

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