On the last Friday in November it is traditional for Critical Mass to ride over Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The rides start from near the fountain in Hyde Park. The there is a loop through the city, past Hyde Park again and then along the Cahill Expressway and onto the Bridge.
This year, the number of rides was down. Probably due to rain storms in the afternoon. Indeed on the ride – we did have a heavy downpour as we rode onto George Street in the city. But the storm only lasted about 5 minutes.
As well as being a protest about the inequality in facilities between bike riders and car drivers, Critical Mass is a celebration of cycling. Also – there is safety in numbers – riding with a large mass of other riders. And as for traffic congestion – the presence of a group of riders on the Bridge would have had a negligible impact. For most of the ride – the bike riders were held up by the critical mass of cars in front!
More photos of the ride on my website here.