Thursday, 6 May 2010

Size does matter!

It was a cold rainy Friday coinciding with Chalmers Cortège and Valborg eve. As expected, just three of us turned up for the April ride. It was a wet but fun ride. But of course, it's a hell lot more fun when we are more in numbers. This brings us to the main topic of this blog entry. For a while we (the regulars) have been thinking about what we can do to bring more people to our rides. After all, the idea behind critical mass bike rides is to get together in sizable numbers and form a cohesive mass of bikes to ride around the city spreading bike awareness and having fun at the same time. Needless to say, 4 or 5 bikers hardly make a mass!

Various ideas have been floated in the past. But it would be more conclusive if we take the ideas from everyone. To this end, we are going to float an opinion poll on this blog to gather ideas from present/potential riders and come to a consensus. Hopefully, enough opinions will come in to make this a fruitful exercise.

1 comment:

  1. Hi there!

    Good initiative to raise the question of how to make a critical mass a critical mass!

    I think it is much better to focus on a few bigger rides then many small.

    So focus on 1 or 2 each summer. And when doing those ones, put energy into colaborating with other groups, associations, organisations etc. as environmental groups etc.

    Because if its once a month all the time, and not many people turning up, its hard to gather that critical mass. Its easy to think, "oh yes its critical mass today, right, hm, I go there next month..."...

    For example in Budapest they do one huge Critical Mass a year. That inspires me.

    Good luck!

    Pedal power!

    Malin Widehammar