We ride the last Friday of every month all year round. Meet at confederation park (elgin and laurier) at 5:30, ride leaves at 6pm!

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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Critical mass photos

I was a first time participant at the mass last Friday. I had a great time. I was impressed by the attitude of the riders and the drivers and the positive responses we received.

I took a few photos of the ride, I hope to get a few of the oncoming riders in upcoming rides. I have brightened up the smaller images a touch as they had turned out dark. The original images can be found via the large links.

Ottawa Critical Mass November 25th 2005 Photos

A friend of mine noted we weren't sure whether to stop for pedestrians or not. I think we should, they have the right of way. However, this can cause confusion in the mass. It's a paradox! I think we can come up with some good ideas on how to deal with this. Any thoughts?

Keep spinning,
Rob Y.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

postives, and a negative

Hey, all

Last night was my first critical mass experience, and I just wanted to say that I had a great time. I think all the attention to safety was really great, as was the sharing and helping that happened beforehand to get everyone's bikes in darkness-appropriate riding shape! The experience overall was a pretty wholly positive one. I'm really looking forward to future rides and seeing more of everyone in the future!

Now, far be it from me to focus on the negative, but I just think it's important to address something that came up last night. I was extremely dismayed, and surprised, to hear the sexist comments made before the ride as we were assembled at Confederation Park. That is to say, the "messengers on the outside, girls and people who ride slower on the inside" remark. I missed the exact nuances of how it was phrased, but in any event- that's some serious bullshit, y'all.

Gender essentialism: the belief that due to circumstances of biology, men and women are "naturally" different in terms of character or ability.

As far as I can tell, gender essentialism has nothing to do with
a) being against cars
b) loving bikes

As far as I can tell, having a vagina doesn't determine whether
a) I am against cars
b) I love bikes
c) I should be able to feel comfortable in activist communities
d) I ride my bike slow or fast

As was said at the time- we're all here together because we're against cars. I'd like to think we're also all against misogynst garbage. There's no place for this kind of nonsense in a "movement" that's trying to make the world better. Thanks.

- Pamela

Friday, November 25, 2005


Hi Ottawa Bikers.
I will be bringing lots of treats to Confederation Park. Day old muffins, mmmm...
Does anyone have reflective tape to bring and share?
I'll be on the lookout for noisemakers and whistles and bells today that we can all use, I hope others do the same.
-Sara P.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Critical Mass November

Take Back the Streets For People

Friday November 25

Confederation Park (Laurier & Elgin)

5:00 PM

4:00pm bike safety workshop

Monday, November 21, 2005

Welcome to Ottawa Critical Mass Free Blog

Everyone can post. Just log at www.blogspot.com
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And come out to critical mass in ottawa this friday november 25, 5:00pm at Confederation Park, to show the city what we think of a $4.50 bus ride.