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Critical Mass Toronto – July Photos

Here’s some pretty photos from last friday’s Critical Mass Ride. There were a lot of people there, but I’m not sure how many… anyone count them?


On Bloor at St. George… you can see the Bata Shoe Museum there in the background. I was near the back of the Mass for most of the ride (I’m just a slowpoke, I guess…).


On Bloor at Queen’s Park Crescent. I’m quite proud that I took a couple okay photos over my shoulder AND that people felt compelled to look at my camera. :) On the left n the background you can see a bit of the new addition to Royal Ontario Museum … which you can see in a better shot too.


On Yonge at Gerrard, heading south… going through a red light (which is just practical when biking with hundreds of other people. :)


Here’s a photo of Tanya (courtesy of TorontoCranks.com), with me behind her (in blue) laughing with a guy, who, when asked why we were riding in a group by a pedestrian, answered not with “to promote cycling as a viable transportation alternative” but with “we’re against test tube babies“. I thought this was very hilarious.

You can see all 22 photos I took over here.

  • Dan

    I don’t get the running the red light thing. Just because you’re in a group? What if I’m in a 5 car caravan? Do the cars in the rear get to blow the red to keep the group together?

  • Joe (BikingToronto)

    There are a couple reasons for it, as I understand it – 1) it’s safer for the cyclists to stay in one group, as if cars got caught up in the middle of it, it would inevitably cause chaos and perhaps an accident, and 2) it is less of an inconvenience to automobile traffic having all the cyclists stick together. One group of 300 cyclists, while large, moves through the streets in one “entity”, only causing a localized disturbance on a city’s streetgrid. Contrast this to two groups of 150 cyclists (which may result from a group being split up by red lights), or 3 groups of 100, or 6 groups of 50 each… instead of one localized group of many cyclists, you would have many groups of many cyclists.

  • GMD

    I agree with Dan. The motto, if it has such status, of Critical Mass of “we’re not blocking traffic we are traffic” is appealing, but when you run through traffic lights, you’re not traffic any more; you’re a parade. Once you become a parade and not traffic you run the risk of being required to take out a parade permit like New York City is requiring.