In Sydney, on the last Friday of November it is traditional for Critical Mass to ride over the Harbour Bridge. Critical Mass is a un-organised meeting of cyclists to promote and celebrate cycling.
Riders meet at the north end of Hyde Park at the Fountain at 5:30 and the ride normally leaves a little after 6pm. Friday evening was very steamy and thunderstorms threatened. We did have a small shower of rain a little before we set off. After that it stayed rain free.
At Hyde Park, I met up with friends – Audrey and Richie and their baby Kian (Kian was travelling by trailer) and Albert, Jan and Stella. Later, on the ride, we bumped into another friend Chris.
The ride started with a short city loop – down to George St, then to the Town Hall and then back to College St, past Hyde Park and out along the Cahill Expressway to the Bridge. Many police, mainly on bikes accompanied the riders.
After crossing the Bridge, we rode to a small park in North Sydney where the ride ended.
Not too long later, our group rode back over the harbour Bridge – this time via the cycleway and then down the new greenway (cycleway) to Pyrmont Bridge.
Rather than ride over the Anzac Bride, we went via the slower but more scenic route past the fish markets and then around the bay. I hadn’t been this way before – and it was mostly nice cycleway. And then through backstreets to Dulwich Hill for kababs and pide.
More photos can be viewed here.