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Critical Mass

We ride together on the LAST Friday of the month at 6.30pm leaving from edge of Cathedral grounds behind Rackhams. All welcome. No elitism. The ride is at the speed of the slowest rider.

Location: Birmingham
Members: 74
Latest Activity: Feb 25, 2016

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Member Numbers? Why so few? 12 Replies

Started by Surrinder Kumar. Last reply by Kim Jan 4, 2014.

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Comment by Dave Stamp on February 25, 2016 at 0:04

I'm not sure that the FB group is set to open, to avoid the risk of trolling. 

But still. Changes to the timing *have* been debated for some time, both online and in person among regular attendees. There have even, I understand, been laminated notices around Pigeon Park.

*The whole point* of the change is the hope that it will be more accessible to more people, avoiding clashes with Digbeth First Friday.

Yet still there's cause to moan about 'cliqueyness'. 

Brum. What's not to love?




Comment by Rich22222 on February 24, 2016 at 21:14

Group is set to open so I don't think there is any way to make it more accessible unfortunately...

Comment by Kim on February 24, 2016 at 20:57

I stand corrected; my fault for not participating in Zuckerberg's walled garden as usual.  Though it would be nice if the group was set to be visible without a login...

Comment by Rich22222 on February 24, 2016 at 18:34

It had been discussed for a while Kim, plus I think both dates were done this month. I guess word of mouth doesn't travel far when there are only single figure attendances!

Agreed it is facebook centric but that's where most people choose to discuss it, there are 74 members here, 800 odd in the facebook group

Comment by Richard Smith on February 24, 2016 at 18:32
Well I'd say bringing that many people along to the ride and organizing storage for the sound system was more involvement than most. I'm not fazed by disagreements but those are my reasons for not bothering any more.
Comment by Kim on February 24, 2016 at 18:25

I'd say Facebook-centric rather than Digbeth-centric, but whatever.

If there's a move to change the date, wouldn't it be best to do that some months off, to give time for the change to spread by word of mouth...

Comment by Dave Stamp on February 24, 2016 at 16:46

Heaven help anyone who raised that view, because why? Someone might disagree with you? Terrifying.

Have you raised that view, by the way? Usually helps to have an involvement with an event if you want to have an influence on what that event looks like, surely?

And if people would like CM moved outside the Library, again- great. Suggest it, and explain what the benefits of that would be. 


Nothing's set in stone, but things inevitably ossify if people don't keep them alive.

Comment by Richard Smith on February 24, 2016 at 15:33

It's a great pity, but it looks like it peaked attendance-wise about 4 years ago and is unlikely to hit those heights again. The ride has at times attracted aggression from other road users, and sadly cycling aggressors who take pleasure in hogging all lanes. I never found the ride particularly friendly in the sense that if someone arrived on their own, it was rare for them to be acknowledged. (I did, but then I talk to anyone and anything). In all I must have introduced 12 people to Birmingham CM but none of us go any more. The fun seemed to have gone and it was back to being a grim battle.

Unfortunately there was a feeling that the ride was a rather Digbeth-centric, cliquey event. This was the perception of numerous people who attended, so I doubt they were all wrong. Heaven help anyone who dared raise this view - and that's another reason why I don't bother with it any more.   

Comment by LS on February 24, 2016 at 15:16

Pity it's not moved to start outside the library.

Comment by Rich22222 on February 24, 2016 at 14:44

FYI

Consensus appears to be that the ride should be moved to the last Friday of the month like everywhere else. (Conformist I know!)

https://www.facebook.com/events/878705528917509/

Nothing to do with me just relaying information.

Although I may actually join Fridays for once....

 

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