Fri 28 February 2020 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Kikar Rabin - Ibn Gvirol, Tel Aviv,
Critical Mass is back on the city’s roads, same as every month — for a chilled ride with good vibes set to music, with just the right amount of protest thrown in (as in ‘check me out on the road with my crew – don’t we deserve the best?’)
We’ll cycle together on the right hand lane, spreading happiness and making our presence felt on major city roads that are missing cycle lanes. Bring along your bike or roller-blades or any other non-polluting vehicle, music with speakers, and anything else that’ll get people’s attention (whistles, costumes, pets?)
We’ll show off our pedal-power, and remind the world that we’d really rather bike this calmly all the time: not just on Mass rides (when we can look out for each other). We need us some dedicated riding space people! Investment in proper infrastructure and some love for those who save on traffic and gas. Seriously Tel Aviv-Yafo, this city’s got a biking community, and we can be a bunch of cuties when we want to!
See you on the western side of the square, opposite Tolaat Sfarim.
* Critical Mass doesn’t have any leaders. Everyone is welcome to join in and help out – we need volunteers! You can join our Facebook group on מסה קריטית תל-אביב | Critical Mass Tel Aviv.
* We meet on the western side of Rabin Square at 13:00 and set off by 13:30.
* We want to be seen and heard, and to involve people around us — drivers, pedestrians and people cafes. So please bring whistles, bells, music with speakers and musical instruments, and anything else you can think of. Try to be friendly and engaged!
* No need to be in great shape, or have a fancy bike. We’ll ride at a chilled out pace and show everyone cycling is fun!
* We’ll ride whatever the weather!
* No, we don’t have special permission for the ride from the police — because no special permit is required to ride bikes on the road! We will observe the traffic rules, lights and signs.
Why Do We Ride?
* First and foremost, because cycling is fun — and it’s way more fun with your friends around you! We want this city to have a real biking community.
* We demand a full, safe and consistent network of proper bike baths, alongside the cars and not on pedestrian sidewalks. They should (and will!) connect all of the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area (Gush Dan), and keep everyone, pedestrians and bike riders, safe and happy.
* We remind car drivers they’re not alone on the road – and they need to share it.
* We will show a vibrant and vital city has to kick most of the private cars out of its center. Sustainable mass transit cannot be based on oil, smog, pollution, traffic accidents and stress-out drivers, as it does today. Combining cycling, walking and proper public transportation is the proper solution.
* We won’t forget city planners, municipal and national planning bureaucrats — they have to be reminded that healthy cities and only exist when they plan for the people and their needs, not against them.
* And finally: the government, preferring the private cars’ lobby over everybody’s health and time.
What Is Critical Mass?
Critical Mass started in San Francisco in 1992 as a monthly protest ride, and has since spread to hundreds of cities around the world.