The HEADLINE NEWS is that this month’s Critical Mass was back to being a mass again – for the first time in 4 months – ie there were enough people to take over roadspace. I counted 60 or more at an early stage (several times as many as the May ride) – OK, very poor for the season and the weather, but given the untruths widely spread on a private (but widely read) website recently, falsely suggesting there weren’t London CMs at the moment, then not too bad at all. We’re (properly) back!
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.
First person report:
I started riding with CM in London 16 years ago but I rarely attend now. I thought about it but decided against for several reasons, not least because I didn’t want to take the train and wasn’t up for a 40 mile round trip by bike.
Even if it wasn’t being enforced I would be avoiding crowds anyway, but I was also thinking that if any significant number of people turned up the police might attempt to disperse them and maybe get heavy with fines. Also I was aware of the potential for negative publicity (bloody cyclists putting us all in danger).
However, I am glad that at least one person did show up and go for a ride.
Non-official List info: http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/cm-london
Non-official CM London websites:
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…).Continue reading
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 monthsContinue reading
The August ride last night had many hundreds of participants (as usual for a summer ride) – though I’m not going to try to estimate more precisely! Quite a few people I chatted to before and during the ride were first-timers – and there were certainly many old-timers too. (Though I didn’t recognise anyone I “knew” – in the Critical Mass once a month sense – which I found a bit surprising; maybe it’s because I haven’t been able to be on the ride for some months, and there’s a gradual turnover of “regulars” … not to mention my memory…) Continue reading
Summary: The mass headed north to Camden, then South, but it was not enjoyable enough to follow. Continue reading
We loved the London Critical Mass ride, this month traditionally known as the Halloween Mass or Ride, where people dress in fancy seasons dressings.
So different reports from the same event, from comments on some closed network that spies on every one, whether we belong to it or not, and is only accessible by selling your soul and friends. Continue reading
Report by BBM
It was a big crowd, there was good corking, but the young lions on the front were pushing, pushing forward and we tended to break up a bit. We started in the usual place, cycled up and around the IMAX, and then headed over Waterloo Bridge.
Report from hickster
It was foggy. It had been foggy all day. Or misty maybe. Especially next to the Thames. And we all seemed a bit foggy too. The ride didn’t start until 19:22. Even then, there wasn’t much attitude to get moving. The December ride can be bitterly cold which motivates us to move. Not this time.