Cyclist protest on Friday 30 May?

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Sunday 1 June 2008 5.33pm
Does anyone know why there were (what looked like) hundreds of cyclists going along Tooley Street then over Tower Bridge on Friday night at about 8pm? I guess it was some kind of protest as they cyclists were escorted by police...
Sunday 1 June 2008 6.36pm
http://www.criticalmasslondon.org.uk

Been running for several years now.
Monday 2 June 2008 9.53am
Cursed fools. Holding up bus passengers in their tens of thousands. A bunch of people with no consideration for others whatsoever.
Monday 2 June 2008 1.04pm
Oooh-er, the point is that there is too much (private)motorised traffic on the roads clogging up road space
, as well as all the pollution and danger to pedestrians, cyclists etc. I don't think it's fair to say 'no consideration for others whatsoever'!!!!!! If anything, it's about making London roads & streets safer & cleaner for us all - how else do you make an effective impact except in large no.s? Yes it is disruptive, it's meant to be. It makes a point. It can't be ignored. Incidentally I don't drive but I also don't cycle (health reasons including bad vision), I can't always walk too far so HAVE to use public transport, but I wholeheartedly support Critcal Mass - in case you wondered!!!!!. Why don't the thousands of bus passengers get out & walk for once, as most of them are capable of doing....
Monday 2 June 2008 3.19pm
flaouto wrote:
Oooh-er, the point is that there is too much (private)motorised traffic on the roads clogging up road space
, as well as all the pollution and danger to pedestrians, cyclists etc. I don't think it's fair to say 'no consideration for others whatsoever'!!!!!! If anything, it's about making London roads & streets safer & cleaner for us all - how else do you make an effective impact except in large no.s? Yes it is disruptive, it's meant to be. It makes a point. It can't be ignored. Incidentally I don't drive but I also don't cycle (health reasons including bad vision), I can't always walk too far so HAVE to use public transport, but I wholeheartedly support Critcal Mass - in case you wondered!!!!!. Why don't the thousands of bus passengers get out & walk for once, as most of them are capable of doing....

It comes across though as "you make life difficult for us so we're going to make life difficult for you".

Why not have their monthly bike-fest somewhere which would be less inconvenient for everyone else? One of the central London parks for example.
Monday 2 June 2008 3.27pm
Anyone else have deja vu now?

Grrrr... cyclists... grrr motorists...
Monday 2 June 2008 5.01pm
'Why not have their monthly bike-fest somewhere which would be less inconvenient for everyone else? One of the central London parks for example.'

The whole point of the demonstration is to make the presence of cyclists felt on the streets. Removing the event to somewhere more 'convenient', aka invisible to motorists is precisely the attitude being questioned.
Monday 2 June 2008 7.16pm
Tolstoy wrote:
'Why not have their monthly bike-fest somewhere which would be less inconvenient for everyone else? One of the central London parks for example.'
The whole point of the demonstration is to make the presence of cyclists felt on the streets. Removing the event to somewhere more 'convenient', aka invisible to motorists is precisely the attitude being questioned.

It certainly does make their presence felt. Can they not see it impacts others in a negative way though - or is it kind of a 'tooth for a tooth' policy?
Monday 2 June 2008 8.45pm
Just wondering - for how long were the bus passengers held up?

I've not seen a critical mass bike ride for a while now, but I seem to remember them getting through junctions in a matter of minutes, travelling at least as fast as a bus.
mro
Monday 2 June 2008 9.25pm
in another piece of breaking news, a puppy pooed on the pavement...

seriously, the idea behind the critical mass is to be seen, so as to be heard. this isn't eye for an eye, this is simply called lobbying. I don't see what's wrong with that, there are tons of lobbies out there and I can think of many worst ones than the cyclists lobby. also I'd imagine they're enjoying themselves, not having to ride through cars and mad buses. seems to me this is hardly controversial stuff and it is certainly 100% legal.

and the story about buses: what a red herring! as if buses were not held up every day all day in London! I live close to tower bridge road and my commute to the city is faster by foot than by bus... give cyclists a break!
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