Critical Mass - Yarrrrrr
Monday, October 1, 20072 Comments
Cyclists make their way down Wyndham Street in downtown Guelph.
Critical Mass takes place on the last Friday of every month. This Critical Mass was pirate-themed, with participants wearing hats, bloomers, mermaid costumes, and bandannas.
One of participants, Brendan Arnott, said that Critical Mass creates a sense of community that cars necessarily don't have. "It's a chance to get involved in more sustainable methods of transportation," he said. "It's also super fun. It can exist on the level of political belief, and it can also just be a lot of people getting together to ride bikes."
"Yarrrrr," added cyclist Matt Lowell-Pelletier.
Most pedestrians and car traffic waved or honked in support of the cyclists, but they were also sometimes met with impatience or derision.
Josephina Orton, who uses her bike as her primary method of transportation, no matter the weather, said that Critical Mass is all about reclaiming public roads. "When I'm riding by myself, I'm sometimes intimidated by people in cars who yell at me," she said. She added that Critical Mass "is a safe venue to gain confidence on a bike," as cyclists group together to take up an entire portion of the road.
A photo gallery from Friday's Critical Mass is available here. Also, check out the website for the Guelph chapter of Critical Mass.