Manchester Critical Mass – March 2016

Critical Mass on Good Friday really was something special, especially being able to take a relatively leisurely ride into Manchester to get there. The streets were so much more pleasant than normal, why can’t every Critical Mass be a bank holiday?

Heading to Critical Mass on an empty Talbot Road
Heading to Critical Mass on an empty Talbot Road

With the good weather too, there was a pretty decent turnout, with a really varied crowd. Lots of families and lots of unusual bikes on show. Was particularly pleased to see a family making use of a FollowMe Tandem on Critical Mass, as we’ve done previously. Though until Dom turned up quite late on, I did wonder whether we’d have a sound system.

 

At the usual time, we headed out through Albert Square and down to Deansgate, where we took a left. We carried on until we turned onto Whitworth Street West and headed past Oxford Street and took a left onto Sackville Street.

At the end of Sackville Street, we took a right and got to experience the rather questionable new cycling ‘infrastructure’ there. Though given our numbers, in a much more pleasant and safer way than anyone would mixing amongst the buses along there.

At the end of Portland Street, past Piccadilly Gardens, we headed into the Northern Quarter, passing through Stevenson Square, High Street and back along Church Street. We then headed along Lever Street, where there were a few impatient black cabs trying to get through.

We took a left onto Great Ancoats Street, carried onto Swan Street, then took a right onto Rochdale Road, to end at The Angel, where the evening carried on.

It was really great to have the streets to ourselves on Good Friday, and it made for a really chilled out Critical Mass. Not much hassle from cars and no waiting in the Friday evening traffic. The rather pleasant weather helped too, as did the cheering from many of the people out enjoying themselves.

 

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