Safer Roads For Cyclists
Critical Mass is a monthly bicycle ride to celebrate cycling and to assert cyclists' right to the road.
The idea started in San Francisco in September 1992 and quickly spread to cities all over the world.
Critical Mass has no leaders, and no central organisation licenses rides. In every city that has a CM ride, some locals simply picked a date, time, and location for the ride and publicised it, and thus the ride was born.
I have been following the progress of Critical Mass - Reading for some time now and believe that educating motorists is the only way to show them how dangerous their actions can be. I am in no way shape or form an anti-car person, I have a car and I use it, however, many people who drive either have no perception of how dangerous driving at 50mph two feet from a cyclist can be, or find it extremely amusing to see how close they can get to a cyclist without knocking them off. The first group I hope to educate, the second group will kill somebody at some point and I look to the assistance of the Police to stamp out this antisocial and dangerous behaviour. I believe the key to success is to show drivers that they are responsible for their actions.
Drivers in Holland are automatically deemed responsible if they are involved in an accident involving a cyclist. This does not suggest that cyclists are above the law, but I think the logic goes something like this - "if you are in control of a ton of metal, a potentialy lethal weapon, then make sure you consider the safety of other road users".
Like thousands of other cyclists around the country enthusiasts from Reading enjoy a refreshing and educational ride on the last Friday in each month, starting from infront of Reading Town Hall at 5.30pm.
I would like to make it clear that I am not organising a demonstration of any kind, Critical Mass has no leaders and is an event not an organisation. This website takes the form of an educational newsletter to help motorists become safer and to also encourage people to cycle. Global warming is now no longer a theory, its here, we're experiencing it, and we should all do our bit to reduce its effects. Cycling is a great way to get around, helps keep you fit and protects the environment.