Every month at full moon, Cape Town cyclists take a fun ride around the city.
A few years ago, Daniel Graham and Elad Kirshenbaum started a social experiment on Twitter – #moonlightmass – which many of you might remember. Each month at full moon, cyclists (or anyone with a bicycle, actually) would gather at the Green Point Circle at 8pm – except for midsummer (November – February) when it is 9pm – on full moon to embark on a communal ride around the CBD.
The event grew quickly, and soon over 2 000 riders were taking part, but the sudden growth caused logistical problems with the last #moonlightmass ride happening in 2014.
Enter Critical Mass
Critical Mass Capetown decided to resurrect this fun, community-centred social event, keeping the name #moonlightmass with the blessing of the original creators. Each month at full moon, cyclist, skateboarders, rollerbladers and unicyclists meet at Green Point Circle at 8pm. The revised family-friendly route runs along the promenade to the Seapoint Pavilion then through the Waterfront to the Fan Walk. More serious street riders take an extra leg up Long street before returning via the Fan walk back to the Stadium.
There is loads of free parking around the Green Point Circle and on Somerset Road. And, if you need to hire a bicycle, the Critical Mass Cape Town Facebook page has a list of rental companies that you can contact.
There are four simple rules (that should be applied every time you hop on your bicycle):
- Wear a helmet
- Use reflective gear
- Switch on your light
- Obey all traffic rules
Diarise these dates for upcoming 2019 Critical Mass full-moon rides:
- 15 August
- 14 September
- 13 October
- 12 Novemeber
- 12 December
Good to know in case of bad weather, be sure to check the Critical Mass Facebook page, to make sure the ride is still happening.