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Critical Mass is...

Critical Mass is an organised coincidence. It happens when a lot of cyclists happen to be in the same place at the same time and decide to cycle the same way together for a while. Very often, those taking part enjoy it so much that they decide to get together at the same place and time the next month and the month after and so on, and to get other cyclists to join as well.

Although there is a shared wish to see less car-dominated cities and more people cycling, there is no such thing as the aim of CM. There are as many aims of CM as there are participants. Each individual comes there with his or her own idea of what it's about, and the sum of this makes up the mass. Some of the aims may be:

Raising the profile of cycling in towns and cities
Campaigning for better provision for cyclists
Creating a car-free space in the centre of our cities
Having fun
Meeting friends
Getting our own back at the motorists
Showing off our flashy new bike and clothes
Creating a vision and experience of a possible future

Some things may feature more strongly than others, but any combination of the aims above and lots of others can be reason enough for anyone to come to CM.

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