Critical Mass rides about a bit again in Nottm

Tagged as: bicycle bike climate_action critical environmentalism mass
Neighbourhoods: nottingham

Friday 28th October 2011

Critical Mass is a monthly bike ride [meeting at 5.30pm on the last friday of every month] They now start from outside the Victoria Centre clocktower, off Milton Street in the city centre.

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This months ride included a meeting in solidarity, with the folks in occupation in the Market Square.  We disrupted their general assembly .... but they still love us :-)

Ealier report, July :

Critical Mass returned to Nottingham [at last!]

http://nottingham.indymedia.org/articles/1970

The object is to celebrate cycling and to assert cyclists' right to the road. With no set routes and no leaders, it's simply a bunch of people enjoying clean healthy transport. 

In addition to all of the worthwhile issues that Critical Mass highlights, it's a great way to meet people and perhaps do a bit of networking to promote other campaigns. 

Critical Mass should appeal to anyone that rides a bike so it should start from the most central location for everyone's benefit. Plus, practically every other Critical Mass around the globe starts from central, well-known locations which makes it easy to remember and easy to find. 

It's never more than a couple of hours. Bring bright clothing, lights, horns, bells, NOISE and FRIENDS. 

As usual, I've tried to take a set of pictures that show critical mass to be an empowering experience. Hopefully fun to be at. A celebration of the alternatives to the existing 'car culture'. 

See you all next month, I hope :-)

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There have been some legal arguement, finishing in the House of Lords on Wednesday 26 November 2008. 

The upshot appears to be that critical mass IS a "procession which is truly commonly or customarily held" and hence does NOT require police permission and consent under the Public Order Act 1986. So there! 

This all began as a leaflet issued to CM participants by police at the start of the ride on September 2005 which stated: 

"...Police can impose conditions on processions, demonstrations and other assemblies, and participants render themselves liable to arrest if they fail to comply with those conditions. These cycle protests are not lawful because no organiser has provided police the with the necessary notification. Your participation in this event could render you liable to prosecution. Police policy in facilitating these events is currently under review..." 

After that the High Court decided in favour of CM but the police then appealed against that decision and won. The legalities involved are quite complicated and seem to hinge on whether the ride is customarily held and therefore not subject to certain police restrictions. 

On Monday 20th October 2008 an appeal by Des Kay and Friends of the Earth, against the Commissioner of Metropolitan Police, was heard by five Law Lords and their decision is that the appeal is allowed and CM is a commonly or customarily held procession without organisers and therefore does not need to inform the police of each ride. So, still we ride too! Though whether we are traffic or not is debatable. 

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200708/ldjudgmt/jd081126/metro-1.htm 

For a plain english explanation, check out: Victory for Critical bicycle bike climate_action critical environmentalism mass

Mass campaigners [BikeRadar.com]  http://tinyurl.com/6ktykr 

 

Sadly, Indymedia video is still fucked! Thus, I've uploaded another version to YouTube at:

Critical Mass biking about in Nottingham [5.12min]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DRW3JwETc8

[hopefully, we'll be able to sort this out shortly]

 

More Mass reports [including links to many earlier CM events]

Nottingham's April Critical Mass + Coal Caravan 1

http://indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/04/428834.html

Nottingham's April Critical Mass + Coal Caravan 2

http://indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/04/428855.html

 

more at  

http://bikesfuckyeah.wordpress.com

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002885621631

nottscriticalmass@gmail.com

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http://www.criticalmassrides.info/nottingham 

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ALAN LODGE 

Photographer - Media: One Eye on the Road. Nottingham.  UK

Email:                 tash@indymedia.org

Web:                   http://digitaljournalist.eu

Member of the National Union of Journalists [NUJ]

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"It is not enough to curse the darkness.

                                   It is also necessary to light a lamp!!"

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Comments

Some ideas for next time

Nice one for the pics Tash!

It seemed like there was a bit of a problem last night with the mass getting spread out which made things less safe for the slower cyclists at the back. Maybe we can try to bunch up better next time, with people trying to be more aware of what's going on behind them?

Nice one to Jon with the sound system - love that Dr Who remix :)

KEEP BUNCHED UP

yes, GETTING TOO SPREAD OUT IS NOT GOOD ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT WHEN THERE ARE NOT ALOT OF RIDERS. IT ENCOURAGES CARS TO TRY AND CUT IN.
IT'S UP TO THE FRONT RIDERS TO GO A BIT SLOWER AND LOOK OVER THEIR SHOULDERS FREQUENTLY, AND ALSO IMPORTANT FOR THOSE AT THE BACK TO GO A BIT FASTER AND SHOT OUT TO THOSE AHEAD TO 'WAIT UP!' IF THEY ARE GETTING TOO FAR BEHIND.
HOPE WE WILL START A BIT LATER (6.30ish?) TO GET THOSE COMING FROM WORK TIME TO JOIN IN.
RIDE FAST and SAFE
JT