Welcome to the Glasgow Critical Mass website, a source of information about past and upcoming Critical Masses in Glasgow and related cycling events.
For more information about the Critical Mass Movement in general: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass
The Glasgow Critical Mass Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/groups/6202696383/10150536640106384/?notif_t=like#!/groups/6202696383/
The Glasgow Critical Mass Flickr group.
Frequently Asked Questions
* What is a Critical Mass?
A Critical Mass is a group of cyclists taking a ride through town together, taking advantage of strength in numbers to be safer in traffic than is usually the case.
* Why are you doing this?
Ask any two Mass members and you will get two different answers to that question. The only thing we all agree upon is that we like cycling.
* Isn’t what you are doing Illegal?
The technical term for what we are doing is “riding in convoy” which is certainly quite legal. Spilling over into more than one lane is discourteous but but technically legal. Riding on the wrong side of the road *IS* illegal and should be discouraged if you see someone doing it.
* Isn’t riding in a mass dangerous?
Riding as part of a group is actually much safer than riding on your own, as you are much more likely to be seen by other road users. Also, in a mass, you will most likely be riding in the “primary” position in the centre of the lane, rather than in the “secondary” position of the potholed ditch at the side.
* Who organises Critical Mass?
Critical Mass is a “leaderless organisation” which in practice means there may be one or two people who seem like they are in charge, but if you make your voice heard and you are making good suggestions, then YOU are organising Critical Mass.
(The natural reaction in these situations is to ask “Why don’t we?”, but instead you need to say “Lets…”)
* How do you pick the route?
The rest of the mass follow the riders at the front. If you want to take people somewhere, get out in front and lead.
* What do I need to join?
A road legal bike and your lovely self. Working brakes and lights. Glasgow is a dark city.