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 so quickly and, soon, over 2 000 riders were taking part. But the sudden (and exponential) growth made it a logistical and administrative nightmare to organise, because it required loads of volunteers (medics, a sweeper vehicle, traffic cops etc.) with no budget. So, Daniel and Elad gave up, understandably, with the last #moonlightmass ride happening in 2014.
Enter Critical Mass
Capetonian Irvine Short decided to resurrect this fun, community-centred social event, renaming it Critical Mass. Each month at full moon, fellow riders meet at Green Point Circle at 8pm, and follow the route from Granger Bay Boulevard through Mouille Point and Three Anchor Bay, culminating in Long Street for a fun end to the evening.
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 2018 Critical Mass full-moon rides:
- 29 May 2018
- 28 June 2018
- 27 July 2018
- 26 August 2018
- 25 September 2018