I’ve heard of a flashmob, but I hadn’t heard of a flashride until today. My initial reaction: Brilliant.
Today, hundreds of cyclists are set to meet at The Mall to the Houses of Parliament, in London to ensure that legislators truly have them in mind when they table the issue of cycling safety, in wake of the ‘Cities Fit for Cycling’ campaign launch by The Times.
I’ve taken part in a local Critical Mass ride here in Edmonton. This was a couple years ago, and to be honest, though at the time I enjoyed it and found it to be very positive on the whole, I still wasn’t totally sure I really ‘got it’. I still wondered if it didn’t create more ill will, than good. I understood what the organizers were trying to achieve, but despite the largely positive reaction that I saw from the motorist, I wasn’t sure CM was truly succeeding in getting its message across by riding en mass through downtown during rush hour on a Friday. I am a cyclist, and a passionate one, and I’ve been behind the wheel stuck behind a CM event and to be honest, I’ll admit that all it did was irk me. It was a Friday. I was excited to get home and get on with my weekend, and here are a bunch of people on bikes seemingly holding me up for no good reason, other than to purposely hold me up. In that moment, it took some perspective to see beyond that line of thinking, and actually view it as a positive, and peaceful demonstration for cycling awareness and safety. Should you be interested, you can read my original thoughts on the day that I rode with the CM group here.