I've been on a several Critical Mass bike rides to the Arms Fair at Excel in London Docklands, but this is the first of the regular monthly ones I've been on. Here, halfway through the ride, hundreds of cyclists are having a break in Smithfields Market *
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First we assembled on the South Bank under Waterloo Bridge - it seems the assembly time of 6pm is flexible in that it doesn't usually set off until 7pm!
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it's all taken nice and leisurely so though I'm a slow cyclist, there's no problem keeping up *
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here crossing Waterloo Bridge
outriders go ahead and stop in front of vehicles preventing those on side roads from cutting in thus making it very safe while the 'Critical Mass' stops traffic behind from passing - for once the car can't bully us! *
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it was fun going through the tunnel from the bridge to Holborn Kingsway
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round and round the roundabout at the Barbican *
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a bit of a conflab at the roundabout - it gradually dawned on the police concerned it would cause less congestion if they just let us go on our way!
Enjoy the freedom of a 'Critical Mass'
(as approved by a House of Lords ruling), last Friday of every month 6/7pm under Waterloo Bridge, South Bank
For more click here *
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nothing to do with this critical mass but I thought this sign from Hastings might interest cyclists *
Permanent, Faslane,6 miles NW of Helensburgh, Scotland on A814:
Faslane Peace Camp sited close to Faslane Nuclear Submarine Base. Also 1st Saturday in every month noise demo, workshops, free cafe and kids space. Tel:01436 820901
For photos click here
Permanent for 'woodland maintenance workers', near Garelochhead, Scotland:
Peaton Glen Wood Peace Camp sited opposite Coulport Nuclear Weapons
Base For more info click here
Every Tuesday evening, 6 - 8 pm, Main Entrance at NSA/USAF Menwith
Hill, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire: Peaceful
protests/witnesses against the proposed US 'Star Wars' systemThe
demonstration is focussed on the people who work at USAF Menwith Hill
- for example - we are protesting at the roles this base has ie in the
American Missile Defense System ("Star Wars"), the specifically the
continuing role re the Afghanistan and Iraq conflict, the policy of
'pre-emptive strikes', the ECHELON system We are also calling for Independence
FROM America. Please come and voice your concerns at the presence of
this American base on UK land.For more info click here
2nd weekend of every month: Aldermaston Women's Peace Camp clickhere or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Wednesday, 4-6pm Brighton, Smash EDO,noise demo against the arms manufacturer for more information click here
3rd weekend of every month, North Yorkshire: Menwith Hill Women's Peace Camp contact email@example.com
last weekend of every month, Cumbria: Sellafield Women's Peace Camp contact 0113 262 1534
First Mondays of every month 5-6pm Warton, on A584 7 miles west of Preston, Lancashire. Vigil and leafletting of workers at arms makers BAE Systems site contact Jan Harper 0151 2636578 firstname.lastname@example.org
'Skipton - East Lancashire Rail Action Parnership'
Protect Babies of the World
for more information on the Baby Milk Action campaign click here
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