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
Crossed the bridge as usual, crossed the West End to Picadilly Circus, then Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch, Oxford Street, up North on Gloucester Place, crossed Marylebone Road, Park Road next to The Regent’s Park, then on Primrose Hill
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From Albert in the list:
The ride went across from Waterloo Bridge to Kingsway on top, via Aldwych,not through the tunnel this time. Also, at Holborn, it went north past both main crossroads, and turned left into Bloomsbury Place, and on to Great Russell Street (just like last month … why this sudden fetish for goingpast the British Museum?).
from the list:
Perhaps only five hundred people turned up this July, two or three sound systems. Good sound systems. Many put off by the day’s constant rain, others were away. As usual for a July-August ride there were quite a few joining for the first time, often tourists.
If Critical Mass starts every last Friday of the month with the gathering under Waterloo Bridge, then last night it started well before 6pm, with small bunches of cyclists ready to celebrate teh 20th anniversary and already making passers by mystified by such meeting.
The anniversary t-shirts came at around that time, and given out for a donation.
At around 7 the mass started to move to the Waterloo roundabout, on Waterloo bridge and towards the tunnel, which this time was closed off and made for a little slow to start, but this allowed everyone a chance to chat and socialise.
The mass rode through the West End and on to Buckingham Palace, where the mass stopped for the usual mini-party, impressing some bystanders along the way – the following link is a youtube video but the comment is just as worth it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ntzsd_ItljI
It seemed the mass was heading to Knightsbridge but it made a U-turn, heading back to the West End, this time Picadilly, where there was yet another U-turn, and on to Trafalgar Square – another mini party.
TfL also reported on the ride: twitter TfL
Pictures and maybe video:
Comments on Twitter …
Video and comment on YT:
I happened to run into this massive gathering of bikers and skaters at Buckingham Palace while I was simply wandering! Turns out it’s the 20th anniversary for a bike ride called Critical Mass. There were COUNTLESS participants. What a wild thing to see!
Some reports and comments from FB:
A great experience overall – thanks everybody
Tonight’s Mass was great!
What a 1 hell of the mass.
Gotta say that was ridiculous fun with some banging tunes to have the mass on another level.
Big thanks to Icame Isawi Steve for making the Mass birthday profile adverts
Loved the party atmosphere despite being slightly damp.
Thought the U turns were chaotically anarchically good humoured awesomeness.
Loved the swarms of people who helped pacify impatient drivers by simply smothering them with quiet passive peaceful numbers.
*most* motorists were quite well behaved, with the occasional exception.
Main thing for next time though; guys at the front, don’t shoot off once you’re through a bottleneck. You need to keep it slow so that no gaps form in the mass, otherwise we just end up spread out and with vehicles able to sneak in.
Thank you London, that was beautiful.
Some thoughts and edited comments from facebook and other sites about the Friday Mass of March 2014.
was rather good fun
Was a good one, nice atmosphere and the best company in London.
Pretty good turn out and a great ride.
Nice ride, surprised by how many riders there were. top notch corking again and very little aggro.
The route on an Interactive map: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/380699624
A great ride – impressive turn out:
We lost a lot of people after stopping at Trafalgar, then moving down to Buck Palace. kinda petered out after that…
There were a lot of scooters and motorbikes trying to work/barge their way through the mass, more than usual. Possible reasons for this:
– the kingsway tunnel closure meant that the roads nearby were near grid lock so only motorbikes and cycles could get anywhere
– the mass seemed a lot more tightly packed together than usual, think this meant there was less room for safe overtaking by scooter types
– passing through camden we passed a big dominos – at least 4 scooter types were from dominos.
The kingsway tunnel is shut for the next 2 months. Now it’s down to one lane and the traffic is sometimes stacking up all the way down to the hospital!
I find those riding “big bikes” usually better behaved than idiots on scooters and worse still the bloody “pizza delivery boys”
It might be best for CM to take a different start direction next month…
Lovely incident shepherding an ambulance through after the Marylebone tunnel.
Maybe heading out to Blackfriars Bridge and then turning left after crossing to head back towards Strand/Kingsway will be good. Or even the other way with a view to crossing Westminster Bridge?
Guess we’re too many to go along the side of the river to London or Tower bridge, though I believe it’s a cycle route. Could be a celebratory start.
More thoughts, audio and mapping of the Friday Mass.
That went rather well I thought! rain not too bad, nice route, good work at the front by not filtering through traffic and good tunes and corking! We finished up around 10ish at Trafalgar Square.
The route map:
As reported on the http://road.cc site:
A series of hit and run incidents has been reported by cyclists attending a Critical Mass ride last night in London.