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category dublin | environment | news report author Friday April 28, 2006 22:44author by Noise Hacker Report this post to the editors

First Critical Mass of 2006

Dublin's Critical Mass Bike Ride
28th April 2006
6.30pm-8.00pm
Dublin City

Graffiti images are from Dublin City

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author by carbidepublication date Sat Apr 29, 2006 00:29author address author phone Report this post to the editors

overheard from two different pedestrians:

"is this gay pride?"

and

"qu'est-ce que c'est? le velo-pride?"

author by cpublication date Sat Apr 29, 2006 12:20author address author phone Report this post to the editors

its definitely dying if not dead...

author by nopublication date Sat Apr 29, 2006 13:54author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Just poorly advertised, how can you get the word out when not everyone reads indymedia and postering has been banned.

author by dunkpublication date Sat Apr 29, 2006 16:54author email fuspey at yahoo dot co dot ukauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

just a gentle reminder about tomorows bikeride
Dublin : first Greenway cycle of 2006
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/75672

easy to say CM is dead, it was shitly organised and only a handful of flyers actually got given out pre the event, stuck on bikes, emailed out. etc....... that can be remedied if there is a wish to.
last sep, car free day we had about 40, we had about that much yesterday- not too bad for little org there was

budapest had 30,000 - how is this, why is this? was it effective?- yes, read the article on original post
Dublin : First Critical Mass of 2006
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/75670
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good article about how a successful critical mass campaign can affect big change in the city landscape
http://criticalmass.hu/english

we are still trying to make the greenway a reality - we will leave at 12 , and hook up with the AAA and anarchist picnic at 2 -
all help, advice etc on how to turn the greenway idea into a reality is appreciated

bottom line: easy to slate, harder to dream the alternative, hardest to make the idea a reality

anyways, id fun yesterday - fair play to all who turned up and enjoyed themselves and made a little difference for a while

critical mass was ere
critical mass was ere

author by dunkpublication date Sat Apr 29, 2006 17:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

summary

about 40 people gathered, 2 cops accompanied most of the way
people walked, skated, rollerbladed, cylced and there were tunes from a little sounds system- blues brothers, sam and dave, punk, public enemy, house of pain.......i think
normallish route, down o'connel, dame, down by christchurch, quays,
then back over o'conell bridge and a strange kind of fizzle end outside trinity, seeing as it was a lovely day and drinking cans in the sun beckoned
ages from about 4 - 60 and lots inbetween
only incident - one of the bike lasses saw her friend and pretended to drive into her for a joke, a cop pulled her for breaking a light ; a crowd quickly gathered around the cop and nothing happened. it was rumoured though that she might have had a bomb up her dress.

folks traveled down from belfast for the ride and brought with them some class old models fresh out of belfast skips

critical massers ended up messing in the trees and the sun
critical massers ended up messing in the trees and the sun

author by little birdiepublication date Sat Apr 29, 2006 17:39author address author phone Report this post to the editors

about next month

up on your bike da, critical mass
up on your bike da, critical mass

author by Anthonypublication date Sun Apr 30, 2006 01:30author address author phone Report this post to the editors

As reported by others, it was a promising start for critical masses in 2006 given the lack of publicity beforehand. The weather was fine as reflected by people's spirits on the cycle ride - all good humoured and fun. As we approached the end-point, I stopped and counted 33 participants - along with 3 gardaí. A few people had to leave before the mass finished up at 7.30pm outside the gates of Trinity College.

author by betty grablepublication date Sun Apr 30, 2006 02:07author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"Just poorly advertised, how can you get the word out when not everyone reads indymedia and postering has been banned."

Stickers on bike stands, lamp posts, railings - wherever people lock their bikes. People standing at traffic lights handing out leaflets. Press releases. Emails to the political parties. Posters in the windows of bicycle shops. Celebrity endorsements. Fundraisers. Ads in all the politicla newspapers. Stickers on bank links. Texts intop the radio. Sandwich boards. Graffiti. Where there's a will there's a way.

author by Anthonypublication date Sun Apr 30, 2006 22:30author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I'm not aware that the woman who was stopped by the guards had pretended to "drive" into anyone. I chatted briefly to her after she had her name and address taken by the guard and she told me that she had slowly (and safely) gone past the rest of the stopped cyclists so that she could get ahead of them in order to take a photo (while they were all still bunched up at the traffic lights).

author by Mr. T.publication date Mon May 01, 2006 12:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

This should be a weekly event...

Need to get the message out that cars are killing us all!

author by Cleaverpublication date Tue May 02, 2006 10:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

A few more ideas for advertising:
- Make flyers that can be stapled on the handlebars of bikes and blitz all the bikes in town on a weekly basis, best to do saturdays as well as you'll catch people who may cycle to work during the week but not leave their bikes around town.
- Have loads of flyers to give out during the ride so people will know what its about
- Contact the free 'style' rags like totally dublin, they always want stuff to fill their pages.
- Contact Dublin Cycling Campaign they might put it on their mailing list.
- put it up on community exchange www.activelink.ie
- contact newstalk 106, they might do a feature or something.
- Posters in Bike shops & write to all the cycling clubs sending them posters

author by Mr. T.publication date Tue May 02, 2006 11:13author address author phone Report this post to the editors

just run a weekly critical mass that starts at the same time and starting point? Interested participants can then just show up instead of trying to figure if it's on, where it's on etc.

Word of mouth will eventually help build up regular participants to a critical mass, so to speak.

author by dunkpublication date Wed May 03, 2006 17:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

5 months till car free day 2006 - 5 critical masses if we do it monthly and @ 20 if we do it weekly. would be good to start building momentum for car free day now. would there be interest in doing weekly critical masses?
last weekend we did the critical mass on friday, the greenway cycle on sunday and a river cycle down the dodder on mayday monday to hook up with the unmanagebles- everyone seemed to enjoy it - greeks, poles, canadians, spanish, half ozzies, a northern paddy and a few other paddys took part - a large interest was expresssed in doing more of these group cycles- and with the weather getting lovely............

links to major mayday weekend activities here:
bealtaine- celtic festival, now celebrated as mayday - http://www.indymedia.ie/article/75802&comment_limit=0&c...47880

we tried to get a week of alternatives to car culture last car free day, we managed 4 days:
thr- crit mass
fri - seomra spraoi arts night
sat - take back the city
sun - community garden day dolphins barn, greenway cycle, new garden in phibsboro

state of emergency - day of action : international car free day S22
http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=71392

CarFreeDay cRiTicAL mAsS!
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/71930

Seomra Spraoi collective invites you to a night of play, art, discussion, film, food, disco
http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=71888

Take Back The City
http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=71773
Take Back The City - Post Match analysis..
http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=72157

garden day - sun 25th sep 2005
http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=69689&con...21854

perhaps in the future it will be a car free zone within the inner city ring
http://www.carbusters.org/index.php

CAR FREE DAY 2005- Budapest : 30,000 cyclists
CAR FREE DAY 2005- Budapest : 30,000 cyclists

critical mass flyer mayday 2006 Dublin flyer
critical mass flyer mayday 2006 Dublin flyer

author by cyclist willing to advertisepublication date Thu May 04, 2006 12:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors



Has anyone called the next CM?
How about the last Friday in May? -

i.e. Friday 26th May 2006, same time as the last but with WAY more advertising (see suggestions above).
lets start mobilising now, and hope for a sunny day.

author by bike riderpublication date Thu May 04, 2006 12:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Critical Mass is not an organization, it's an unorganized coincidence. It's a movement ... of bicycles, in the streets
http://www.critical-mass.org/

Pittsburgh Critical Mass – really good resource
Poster, Leaflet, Bike Strips (as in photo )
http://www.pghcriticalmass.org/materials/

Critical Mass Artwork - Quick, temporary dump of artwork for people to check out.
http://www.moz.net.nz/cmass/artwork/

Call for art to support Critical Mass
http://visualresistance.org/wordpress/criticalmass

biketags, easy to make - some were made for last critical mass
biketags, easy to make - some were made for last critical mass

Critical Mass Dublin - the small and simple flyer
Critical Mass Dublin - the small and simple flyer

Critical Mass Dublin - the colour poster
Critical Mass Dublin - the colour poster

author by Noise Hackerpublication date Thu May 11, 2006 21:53author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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Critical Mass in Dublin!
Critical Mass in Dublin!

author by ('',)publication date Mon May 22, 2006 18:12author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Another Critical Mass???

author by mcrantypublication date Tue May 23, 2006 12:11author email mcranty at gmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

id like to write an article about this - can someone tell me when the next cm is on? and if anyone is up to be interviwed?

mcranty@gmail.com

author by bobshamblespublication date Tue May 23, 2006 13:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Since when did CM become a playground for anything on wheels? I was disappointed, nay annoyed, to see rollerblades and skateboards getting involved, not to mention pedestrians (and then to see it on the poster on this site!?!? Anyone willing to own up...?). This is not to say that those people shouldn't be demonstrating in favour of their rights - skateparks, pedestrian friendly cities, etc. - but CM is for cyclists. Am I wrong? If we need to rely on other wheeled things to support our case (bolster our numbers) then this strikes me as an admission of defeat. Shouldn't CM be able to stand on its own two feet - I mean own two wheels?

Also, re the Green Route cycle- the involvement of anarchists is as likely to put people off as it is to attract them. I know it put me off.
Is there an automatic presumption that anyone advocating fairer treatment of cyclists has general issues with authority? I can't see the link. Seems that such an involvement would actually be counter-productive, in that it gives those authority figures to whom appeals should be directed a very easy get-out clause when attempting to dismiss or ignore the purpose of CM and other bike advocacy initiatives.

Just some food for thought, I suppose.

author by dunkpublication date Fri May 26, 2006 17:42author address author phone Report this post to the editors

the greenway cycle is on again this sun, leave from usual spot, 11am, open to all, its not only anarchists which participate, duputy lord mayor was out with us last year and lots of non "political" people who enjoy bike riding and would like to see it happen.

for it to happen, we hope the council take on the idea, to promote the idea we are trying to let the idea spread into communities on the route in the hope that they get people up on bikes and also taking more ownership of their area, which, by the canals could be imroved on massivly.

anyway, hopefullly it will be a fine day

heritage council are still quite in their promoting the idea

more later on in the summer

author by mattilapublication date Tue Jun 13, 2006 15:12author email matihu at freemail dot huauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi all
I'm from Hungary Budapest, and I've just found this page, and that you have CM here in Dublin as well. I've just arrived at the end of March, so I don't have my bike here, but planning to bring it when I go home for a few days probably in August. I was a CM participant in Hungary, not an organizer, but I was there when we were just a couple of hundreds of bikers, a few years ago. And you can see what it is now. This spring they were unable to ride, there were so many people.
I'm looking forward to ride with you, but first I have to get my bike here. Have you ever carried a bike with aerlingus? Any experiences?
Bye
Mattila

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