London Critical Mass and Naked Bike Ride


Photo by Tamsin Williams

We had the pleasure of watching a sea of bike riders, rollerbladers, skaters, and sundry other wheel-clad persons roll across a packed Oxford Street last weekend. It was quite a startling break from the usual traffic of buses and cabs. And it was thrilling to see all those people getting somewhere on their own, without the help or frustration of public transit. Just pushing, rolling, and pedaling along at their own pace.

Critical Mass takes place at 6.30 p.m. on the last Friday of every month on the South Bank under Waterloo Bridge, by the National Film Theatre. In mid-May, though, the High Court ruling asserting the legality of the monthly Critical Mass bike ride was overturned. Under the new ruling, the Metropolitan Police have power to make arrests if they are not forewarned of the ride’s route.

That makes it interesting to ponder how police react to the upcoming Londonleg of the World Naked Bike Ride, which will take place this Saturday, June 9 at 3 p.m., starting at Hyde Park Corner. We say power to the (naked) bikers!

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