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PICTURES: A first for Scotland, Kidical Mass cycles through the city on the first of monthly events for cyclists to gain confidence in using Inverness streets


By Louise Glen

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Kidical Mass 02 October 2021: John Beaton, Reuben and Naomi Macdonald. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Kidical Mass 02 October 2021: John Beaton, Reuben and Naomi Macdonald. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Adults and children of all ages joined in with a mass cycle in Inverness at the weekend.

The Kidical Mass event, part of a worldwide movement where a large group of people take to the streets to cycle, wheel and scoot safely, was held in the city on Saturday, through the city centre at 1.30pm.

Kidical Mass 02 October 2021: Blake Perez-Heath. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Kidical Mass 02 October 2021: Blake Perez-Heath. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Inverness is the newest addition to the movement and possibly the first Kidical mass in Scotland.

Organisers said: "Our motto is 'space for the next generation' and the purpose of this event is to get kids and adults excited about cycling and to improve confidence on the roads by riding in a safe, friendly and welcoming group of cyclists.

Kidical Mass 02 October 2021: The cyclist gathered in Bellfield Park. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Kidical Mass 02 October 2021: The cyclist gathered in Bellfield Park. Picture: James Mackenzie.

"We want to give kids a physical presence and a voice in the public realm. We hope it will connect and encourage us all to consider making short journeys by bike, scooter or other active travel choice, rather than taking the car.

"A city that is safe and sustainable for kids is good for people of all ages.

Kidical Mass 02 October 2021: The cyclist gathered in Bellfield Park. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Kidical Mass 02 October 2021: The cyclist gathered in Bellfield Park. Picture: James Mackenzie.

The group of more than 200 "wheelers" started at Bellfield park, with adult marshalls to help with traffic control, and finished at the Highland Archive Centre in Whin Park.

The route of around 4.5km on the Riverside, saw bikes, bike trailers, cargo bikes, bikes with stabilisers, scooters, wheelchairs and balance bikes make their way through the city.

Kidical Mass 02 October 2021: Kidical Mass flag. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Kidical Mass 02 October 2021: Kidical Mass flag. Picture: James Mackenzie.

"It was not a race, just a friendly group cycle."

After the event, Kat Heath said: "You wonderful, wonderful people that turned up –Thank you.

"We had so much fun! 239 of you came today. We made the news, we cycled, had cake and lots of fun.

Kidical Mass 02 October 2021: A couple of kids watching the cyclists travelling along Castle Road. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Kidical Mass 02 October 2021: A couple of kids watching the cyclists travelling along Castle Road. Picture: James Mackenzie.

"Thank you to all the people that helped organise this, to the safety marshals and to Velocity Cafe and Bicycle Workshop and 42 Cycling.

"Next event is already up. If we all bring a friend then that’s 500 at the next event!

"Bring your wheels, wear bright colours and a smile!"

Kidical Mass 02 October 2021: The cyclists coming along Ness Bank. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Kidical Mass 02 October 2021: The cyclists coming along Ness Bank. Picture: James Mackenzie.

For more details on the next event, to be held on November 6, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/kidicalmassinv/events.

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