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PICTURES: Critical Mass are pedalling key message in Inverness with a mass ride through the city centre to highlight issues associated with cycling


By Ian Duncan

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Participants gathered in Falcon Square before setting off. Picture: Callum Mackay
Participants gathered in Falcon Square before setting off. Picture: Callum Mackay

Cycling activists gathered in Inverness to raise awareness of their cause.

It was organised by campaign group Critical Mass and participants met at Falcon Square on Thursday evening.

Susan Guest. Picture: Callum Mackay
Susan Guest. Picture: Callum Mackay

Group spokeswoman Susan Guest said it had been a lovely evening, adding: “It was a good ride and turnout is growing every month.

“We rode around the city centre, all very good natured and lots of people waving and saying ‘hi’.

“We finished the ride at Eden Court for a drink

and to sit on the grass and chat.”

The event was aimed at raising awareness. Picture: Callum Mackay
The event was aimed at raising awareness. Picture: Callum Mackay

There are future events also planned for the third Thursday each month with the next ride on August 18.

Critical Mass bike rides do not follow a set route, instead the riders at the front of the ride choose the direction, then drop back so everyone who wants to gets to lead.

Cyclists of all ages took part. Picture: Callum Mackay
Cyclists of all ages took part. Picture: Callum Mackay

The rides are very social with a gentle pace and lots of chat, sometimes about cycling, but also about lots of other things.

Critical Mass is a global movement, and organisers would like to invite everyone to come to Critical Mass in Inverness.

Riding through the city. Picture: Callum Mackay
Riding through the city. Picture: Callum Mackay

Previously their efforts for active travel in the Highlands, via both Critical Mass and younger iteration Kidical Mass, have been praised in the Scottish Parliament.

Ariane Burgess, Greens MSP for the Highlands and Islands, tabled a motion which called on Holyrood to congratulate participants on an earlier Kidical Mass event and to recognise that “this was part of a worldwide event to advocate safe spaces for active travel, especially for young people”.

Bonnie Zhu leads the cyclists through Inverness. Picture: Callum Mackay
Bonnie Zhu leads the cyclists through Inverness. Picture: Callum Mackay
Critical Mass participants cycling through Inverness. Picture: Callum Mackay
Critical Mass participants cycling through Inverness. Picture: Callum Mackay
Chatting before cycling. Picture: Callum Mackay
Chatting before cycling. Picture: Callum Mackay
Waiting to set off. Picture: Callum Mackay
Waiting to set off. Picture: Callum Mackay
Participants push their bikes. Picture: Callum Mackay
Participants push their bikes. Picture: Callum Mackay

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