Friday's Critical Mass bike ride will be first since Burrard Bridge lane trial began

If you love your car, set it free.

That will be one message that cyclists will take to the streets on Friday (July 31) for the monthly Critical Mass bike ride.

This bike ride, which kicks off at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 6 p.m., will be the first Critical Mass since the lane-reallocation trial on the Burrard Bridge began.

The lane trial, which has reallocated one southbound curb lane and given it to cyclists, kicked off July 13.

It’s safe to predict the bike ride will cross the Burrard Bridge.

Car drivers can expect two-wheeled revellers—as well as some one-wheeled keeners and skateboarders—to take up not just one lane, but all six.




Jul 29, 2009 at 8:46pm

why do vancouver riders feel they have to 'lord it over' the humble pedestrians - it makes us hate you - from a pedestrian standpoint, car drivers here are great, but cyclists are arrogant and dangerous - especially the 30-somethings


Jul 29, 2009 at 9:24pm

Some people will never grow up.


Jul 29, 2009 at 11:05pm

three bikes in one direction, none in the other... and pedestrians must cross to go on their side... it spells: fiasco despite all the cyclobby efforts.

2 wheelr

Jul 29, 2009 at 11:42pm

To Anatoly.>>>>I know you are but what am I, Infinity....


Jul 30, 2009 at 9:34am

I cycle everywhere and I've been nearly wiped out by pedestrians just as much as by cars, people walking out in front of me, headphones on not paying attention, wandering out into the street. There are people not paying attention everywhere, driving, walking, and cycling. Instead of pointing fingers all over the place, what if people just started recognizing that we all have an equal right to get around and be nice to each other, instead of treating other people as if they're simply obstacles slowing you down? We're all gonna get there, it's okay. Relax.

Ken S

Jul 30, 2009 at 11:06am

The only long term solution to critical mass is for the city to provide dedicated cycling routes on which only bikes are permitted to travel. Like in the Netherlands, Denmark, and other highly regarded European cities.

The critical mass ride is a response to the frustration that cyclists feel each day when they must mix with a dangerous and often unpredictable critical mass of cars and trucks.

Imagine as a driver if the road was clogged with bikes all month long, except for a couple of hours on the last Friday... Now you're getting a sense of the frustration cyclists feel.


Jul 30, 2009 at 11:27am

So, they ARE going to use ONLY the bike lane when they cross the Burrard Bridge, right? I mean, they wanted it, they got it and it would seem to me to be a BIG failure if they don't ALL use it.

Kevin N

Jul 30, 2009 at 1:24pm

I think it's time the police and the mayor start enforcing the laws these cycling criminals are breaking with this protest. What may have started as a means to gather support and awareness has now exploded into an extremely dangerous out of control abuse of a major tax payers resource..........our pubic roads.

Driving a car or a cycle on our public streets and highways is a privlege, not a right. This privlege comes with rules. If you break the rules you risk losing your privlege to drive or ride. Unfortunalely the only people following these rules or being punished are the motorists who pay a high premium for issurance and licencing. Cyclists on the other hand pay nothing!

If the cylclists really want people to pay attention to their cause they should start by obeying the rules of the road and respecting the motorists and pedestrians.

The city just invested $1.4 million on the Burrard Bridge to accomodate the demands of a minority percentage of cycling Vancouverites only for the same to throw it in the faces of the majority of tax paying motorists by staging this illegal traffic crippling event.

Enough is enough. The city and police need to start ticketing each and every one of the cyclists that run red lights, run stop signs, ride down the wrong lanes...........etc.... on Friday. Protests are allowed under our charter of rights as long as you don't break the law.

These arrogant 2 wheeled tree huggers need to wake up!!! If they want respect they need to earn it!!!! Do they honestly think that they are contributing to a greener Vancouver by having thousands of cars idling for hours at rush hour in 30 degree heat!!!!


Mike Usinger

Jul 30, 2009 at 1:40pm

Critical massholes

Jane M.

Jul 30, 2009 at 1:45pm

Critical Mass might be disruptive to cars but, man, is it ever fun! All those naysayers who have never taken part are missing out on one of the most fun community experiences ever.