“CM is an idea and an event, not an organization.” So says http://critical-mass.info
It’s an event, a political act, fun, a celebration of cycling, something to do on a Friday Evening – and probably as many other ideas as there are participants. ‘Officially’ it started in San Francisco in 1992 “and quickly spread to cities all over the world”.
However Spokes organised similar events nearly 30 years ago. Rides along Princes Street, usually on a summer Sunday with hundreds of cyclists ringing their bells (if they had them).
Since then there have been several sets of Critical Masses, meeting monthly on a Friday evening and petering out when the clocks go back.
As no-one ever organises them, of course, there is no certainty that there will be anyone starting from the foot of The Mound on Friday (29th) at 5.30! However if you go along you’ll be sure to find a colourful array of Edinburgh University students and others. Join in and you might find you like the idea of being surrounded by cyclists not cars!
There are unlikely to be as many riders as Mass in New York. Two years ago just before the Republican National Convention, police arrested 264 people for allegedly “parading without a permit”. This was declared unconstitutional earlier this year. (A great movie of the events, Still We Ride, was shown at the Bicycle Film Festival in Edinburgh this year). No such trouble will occur in Edinburgh!