Global: Critical Mass

Cyclists take to the streets


Critical Mass ride the Bolte Bridge
Critical Mass ride the Bolte Bridge

Cyclists in Manila, Philippines are gearing up for Critical Mass: The 6th Tour of the Fireflies on April 18, 2004. The Tour of the Fireflies is an annual critical mass bike ride that first started in April 1999 and was organized by Firefly Brigade - a diverse group of bike enthusiasts and critical mass activists that is united for a goal to achieve an ecologically sustainable transportation in the cities. (See Manila Indymedia)

Critical Mass was started in 1992 in San Fransisco and 387 regular rides are presently listed at the hub. Some of these rides are reported on at Indymedia. This year has seen Critical Mass against the Apartheid Wall in Tel Aviv, Israel; several Bikes not Bombs Critical Mass including Torrino and around Italy; and San Diego in the US. Portland cyclists viciously attacked by police on March 20 2003 as part of stop the war protests had all charges dropped in February 2004. There is even songs for Critical Mass.

[Critical Mass | Critical Mass Australia | Critical Mass Rides]

In Australia, Melbourne celebrated its 100th ride in February with more than 500 cyclists taking over a tollway and Bolte bridge which normally excludes cyclists, followed by a successful ride in March. Rides also occurred in Sydney and Brisbane and other locations.

Dublin, Ireland, has just celebrated its 3rd birthday ride in March.

The ride in Bristol, England, stimulated a debate about the effectiveness of Critical Mass.

Other rides announced or reported around the Indymedia Network include:

If you live or plan to visit the Pacific Northwest in the USA, perhaps consider joining Bike Summer Seattle 2004.

"Bikesummer 2004 celebrates all things bicycling; it’s a summer long feast of bike activism, bike rides – the whole bike culture. It’s an invitation to come to (the State of) Washington to share experiences, learn and enjoy our urban and rural environments."