Who are we? What are our aims?

We are not sure, opinions seem to differ. There are probably as many aims of CM as there are participants. Each individual comes there with his or her own idea of what it’s about, and the sum of this makes up the Mass. We have no organisers and no planned routes and this website does not try to be representative of CM in any way.

Critical Mass achieved its international name following the first ever ride in San Francisco back in 1992, where it was christened ‘Commute Clot’. It was then “noted that, in China both motorists and bicyclists had an understood method of negotiating intersections without signals. Traffic would “bunch up” at these intersections until the back log reached a “critical mass” at which point that mass would move through the intersection”. Film ‘Return of the Scorcher’ also features the scene which led to the adoption of the name “Critical Mass” for the rides which now occur around the world.

The London monthly rides started in April 1994. 1995-96 reports. Videos from the 90s. It isn’t just for cyclists, sometimes there are wheelchairers, skateboarders, roller bladers, roller skaters and other self-propelled people. Cycle sound systems often play music on the ride. To find out more about Critical Mass checkout the links on the left.

5 Responses to Who are we? What are our aims?

  1. Des Kay says:

    Congrats on the new site!

    I noticed that there are 2 different times, one on the home page and the other one (closer to when we leave) on the “when and where”.

    But why I’m really writing this is pointing out that it is our 20th anniversary in April and it would be great to have a special CM with everyone who has ever been on it coming along!
    With cakes and dancing with all the sound systems there ever was and Doug carried aloft through the streets of London and a big celebration!!

    So start networking and let’s give London a party to remember.

    • Emmanuel says:

      For me, it’s the opportunity, once a month (sadly only once a month), to skate or cycle fairly safely across London, in good company. It’s also about raising awareness of the need to make it safer to cycle or skate every day.

  2. rasa says:

    is more of a question then a comment, we are planning to organise a bike ride as part of “Save our practices” [http://occupylondon.org.uk/tower-hamlets-konp-save-our-surgeries/]
    When we have the final date would it be possible to announce it on you website? How to do that? Thank you very much for your time and reply!
    Have a great sunny day on your bike!

  3. John says:

    cycling to a residential area then turning on loud music at well gone 9pm is a pretty shitty thing to do guys. We’re round the corner from the city, but instead of partying it up there you choose a market bordering a large council estate filled with elderly residents and young families?

  4. Nick Medniuk says:

    The road system across London is a capable of safely shifting masses of vehicles in different directions only when all participants (motorised vehicles, self-propelled vehicles and pedestrians) work together within the rules. A CM ride has the ability to make a statement but does not seem to do so, while it disrupts the purpose of the road system together with the interests of other road users. What is the justification for this?

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