The Queerest Critical Mass

Photos from July 29, 2005 Critical Mass.

Although this was the Queerest Critical Mass ever, inclusion in this photo montage says nothing about the subjects queerness. It does say something about their fabulousness though!

 

Miss Kitty fan on her chopper

 

Queer caveman saluting the Burrard Bridge (this is also Doug, the author of this article and publisher of Travelblogs)

 

Ooh, leather and spandex…two fetishes in one!

 

Wait! I need more accessories!

 

Cycling faerie

 

Afro and beads…queer enough for ya?

 

The accordion might come in handy later…

 

Cute unicyclist; he's the only one who actually had to work at the pace of the ride.

 


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Hundreds of bicycles gathered on Friday July 29, 2005 for Vancouver's monthly Critical Mass ride. With the event coinciding with Vancouver's Pride Weekend this year and with a little cross-promotion in the Pride Guide published by Xtra West, the event was indeed the Queerest Critical Mass ever! The event attracted a bevy of fabulously dressed queers, straights and bikesexuals and their bicycles, or, in some cases, scooters, rollerblades or other wheeled contraptions.

The participants adorned themselves in creative and fabulous ways. It wasn't so much about waving a rainbow flag as making a creative and individual statement and making the queer community contribution to the cycling activists in town. The pictures I took are at the right. If anyone else has any great pics from the ride, feel free to email them to me at[email protected].

And let's make this an annual event! So mark your calendars now for July 28, 2006.

Critical Mass is a monthly bicycle ride to celebrate cycling and to assert cyclists' right to the road. The idea started in San Francisco in September 1992 and quickly spread to cities all over the world. In Vancouver, cyclists gather on the lawn of the Vancouver Art Gallery the last Friday of every month at 5:30pm, at 6pm we ride and take over the streets. There is no planned route. Critical Mass is not an organization, it's an unorganized coincidence. It's a movement … of bicycles, in the streets.

While you're visiting Travel Blogs, why not check out our directory of travel blogs about Cycling or of special interest to Gays and Lesbians? Or maybe you're interested in theWorld Naked Bike Ride?

Photos from the June 27, 2005 Critical Mass ride

 

More than 2000 riders participated, the biggest Critical Mass ride ever in Vancouver.

Two dogs enjoying the ride.

 

Girl on pink scooter cruising with the ride

 

Butts riding up Burrard Street Bridge. Not wanting to stop during the ride, I got a lot of butt pictures from in the crowd.

 

"Don't be a chicken, ride a bike"

 

Family of four on wheels: mom, dog (in trailer), kid, dad.

 

Approaching Lion's Gate bridge on the causeway.

 

Cyclists take over Lion's Gate Bridge.

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