Second ‘Critical Mass Cycle Ride’ to take place in Peterborough
A second ‘Critical Mass Cycle Ride’ is taking place in Peterborough tomorrow (Sunday).
The socially-distanced ride is planned from outside Sessions House in Thorpe Road at 2pm with all welcome to join.
The Peterborough Critical Mass Campaign aims to “help demonstrate the presence of cyclists in the city and to imagine how cycle-friendly the city could become”.
More than 50 cyclists attended the first event in August and organisers are hoping to see numbers increase every month.
The route will incorporate new ‘pop up’ cycle lanes that have been installed following recent government investment.
It will also include further routes that the campaign says would benefit from improved cycling infrastructure.
The group said that there has been a “significant uplift” in cycling in Peterborough since the coronavirus lockdown began and that recently installed pop-up lanes should be made permanent,
The ride will finish in Central Park where families and cyclists can relax afterwards.
Helen, who rode at the previous event, said: “It’s all about giving priority to us, holding space on Peterborough’s roads and making them safer and more inclusive.”
Green Party city councillor Nicola Day has also started an e-petition calling on the council to improve cycling infrastructure on a permanent basis.
The petition can be viewed at: https://democracy.peterborough.gov.uk/mgEPetitionListDisplay.aspx.
Critical Mass rides are a Cycling UK initiative that see riders regularly take to an urban route with the aim of asserting the right of cyclists to use the road.