Yesterday a House of Lords’ ruling quashed an appeal by the Met Police, giving Critical Mass a solid legal footing. They ruled it was a “customary procession” and worked on a “follow my leader” basis, and no ‘organisers’ could be sought to give Police prior notice of the route or hand over names & addresses.
This is fantastic news, as previously cyclists had been handed notices claiming the rides were unlawful. Now it has been established that legally, Critical Mass is a custom and has, by definition, no organisers.
Cyclists on critical mass all round the UK, should feel safe in the knowledge that this precedent has been set.
Next Critical Mass in Glasgow: TOMORROW!!! GEORGE SQ. 6pm set-off
(BBC Weather forecast: Sunny Intervals!)