My first Critical Mass in almost a year!
The June Critical Mass was on the smaller side this month. Most likely because it was the Friday before the long weekend and also because it was Pride Weekend!
His and her bikes – awwwwww~
That night, many pedestrians, who are usually in awe of all the cyclists and allow us to bike through red lights, were quite angry and vocal with our group riding en masse and cutting them off. It was a little surprising to see this kind of angry reaction from pedestrians, when generally this kind of anger towards a Critical Mass group comes from motorists. Perhaps it was a lack of ‘Happy Friday’s being yelled out by our group? Or perhaps the anger was “kindled by a thousand discourteous acts of my fellow cyclists“.
While the group rode over to the Brickworks for the Bike-in Movie Night, we broke away and headed over to our place for Japanese cold noodles (aka Hiyashi chūka = 冷やし中華).
It was a great start to the long weekend!
Sigh, the 2 week period allotted for the Let’s Go Ride a Bike Summer Games 2011 ended up being a bit busier that I originally anticipated so I’ve only completed 1 of the minimum 4 tasks. The deadline to submit our tasks is this upcoming Monday and I don’t think I’ll have everything completed to enter.
Nonetheless, I wanted to share my photos from the group ride I did – July’s Critical Mass.
Riding the Mass is always super slow, but super fun. It was about a year since I did my last Mass ride and I had forgotten what time it started. After quick check on a Facebook event from a previous ride I confirmed that the start time was 7:00. Before I started, however, I noticed that Amelia had called me and it turns out Critical Mass starts at 6:30 and the Mass had already headed out! Thankfully Amelia was riding her upright bike and could take calls while I sprinted out to meet her.
In my dash to catch up I became a hot, sweaty mess, but I was able to spot Amelia and soon found Amanda when the group turned back and headed up north on Jarvis. Phew!!
My sister was here visiting from Vancouver last week and thanks to the mild weather we were able to get some bike rides in. Sadly, coming from an uber-bike friendly city, she didn’t really enjoy cycling in Toronto. In fact she was appalled that the bikes lanes on College St. allowed parking on one side of it.
After our first ride, I had a funny conversation with her while locking up our bikes:
Me: So how did you find the ride?
Hannah: No wonder you guys need to have that march thing…
Me: … march thing?? … oooh, Critical Mass?
Hannah: Ya. You guys need it. In Vancouver, it’s more like a monthly party but here, you need it.
Me: Ya, bike infrastructure sucks here compared to Vancouver.
Sadly, almost 20 riders were assaulted at the march thing in Brazil last week. So scary. I think I’ll be joining the March CM to show support for the injured cyclists. Will you join me?