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Southend’s first Critical Mass stopped by police.

Southend 1st Critical Mass 1

On the 14th of April, the first Critical Mass was held in Southend-on-Sea. About 30 people met around 6pm to have a fun cycle ride through the town. With colourful signs and messages stuck to their bikes (i.e. ‘We are not blocking the traffic, We ARE the traffic!’) and accompanied by a sound system playing reggae, the cyclists started riding with a peaceful and happy atmosphere. After about one and a half hours joyful riding the police finally decided to join us. One police car followed for about half an hour before they got supported by two other cars and a motorbike and stopped the ride for ‘obstructing the highway’. Unfortunately there were only 15 riders left by that time so the ride stopped for that day.

Birmingham Critical Mass Needs You!

Brum Critical Mass

Below is a picture of April's Critical Mass in Birmingham City Centre where cyclists and other users of non-polluting forms of transport meet up and reclaim some of the City's streets on the first Friday of every month.

MAYDAY CRITICAL MASS - CAMBRIDGE

Cambridge Critical Mass logo

There will be a Critical Mass bike ride around Cambridge on Saturday 29th of April. Meet on Parkers Piece, opposite the Fire Station @ 11am.

Anti M1 widening group visit Selston

13.04.2006

This was the last of the highways agency's consultations for phase 2 of the M1 widening in our area, phase 1 had no consultation as they claimed not to have to do one as they already own the land. Tell that to all the people who will be affected by it, we are looking into the legality of not consulting on phase 1.

No M1 widening visit Kegworth

Kid with gas mask in pram

09.04.2006

The Highways Agency circus was in Kegworth this Saturday making its penultimate exhibition to sell the M1 widening project to residents. This expensive road show should not be confused with any sort of public consultation for although the word is used in their literature, the public have no say in the Government’s decision to waste £3billion of tax payers money on increasing CO2 production in the UK.

Critical Mass this Friday 7th April in Birmingham

"Everyday, all over the world, people are resisting the problem culture of the car by getting on their bikes and riding, instead of driving. Critical Mass is a celebration of the alternatives to cars, pollution, accidents and the loss of public spaces and freedoms. Not an organisation or group, but an idea or tactic, Critical Mass allows people to reclaim the streets with their bikes, just by getting together and out-numbering the cars on the road"

M1 widening opposition at public exhibition

No M1 widening banner

The highways agency took their flash (tax payers funded) pro M1 widening exhibition to Long Eaton on thursday 30th and friday 31st March.

The Nottingham no M1 widening group had a presence on both days, despite random hail storms, to give members of the public the other side of the argument. That building more roads just increases the traffic and pollution levels, and that what we need is investment in public transport.

police crash Brighton bike party

Critical Mass Brighton has always been an extremely postive experience. However, the party got somewhat dampened last week when the police decided to break the spirit of it all by turning up with an all round bad attitude.

Planning Mayday in Manchester

Manc Mayday 06 poster

People in Manchester are working towards a Mayday weekend full of fun and action. It all kicked off with an AMAZING Mayday fundraiser squat party on Saturday. To find out more and to get involved, come down to the Basement on Monday 27th March, 7pm.

M1 Widening? Multi occupational bridges!

No M1 M-way bridge banner 2
No M1 M-way bridge banner 1

20.03.2006

A small dedicated (hard core!) group of Sheffield (www.nowideningm1.org.uk) hit 3 Motor way bridges between junctions 30 and 32 of the M1 early this morning. Just letting A. certain Darling and the usual press entourage know we are just beginning our campaign of action. Watch this lane for more battles!