Green Cities of YOUth

Increasing the role of young people in the development of sustainable cities





Critical Mass

Demonstration by bike to claim street space

"Critical Mass" bike tours are a form of direct action, appealing to councils, governments and road planners to stop prioritising motor traffic and instead properly and thoughtfully design in the safety of pedestrians and cyclists as well. Participants in critical mass events meet at a set location and time and travel as a group through their neighbourhoods on bikes. The idea is for people to group together to make it safe for each other to ride bicycles through their streets, based on the old adage: there's safety in numbers (which gives reference to the term "critical mass"). Mostly these events of cyclists reclaiming the streets are held as "celebrations" and spontaneous gatherings, and not as protests or organised demonstrations. This stance allows Critical Mass to argue a legal position that its events can occur without advance notification of local police. Critical Masses are typically held on the last Friday of every month, rooting back to an initial event in 1992 in San Francisco. Today, the event is being held in over 300 cities around the world.

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