Filed under: The Ride
One of the most prevalent questions about the ride is how on earth we’ll manage to have a “social ride” while adhering to the rules set out for cyclists in the Motor Vehicle Act.
While I hope that all the participants will enjoy meeting and mingling at the beginning and end of the ride, the actual riding part is all business.
First off, the only way to ride within the law is to ride single-file.
Second, the purpose of the ride is to demonstrate that cyclists, even (perhaps especially) in large numbers can and do want to behave like traffic, and in return be treated by all other road users with the respect that everyone on the road should be giving each other.
So yes, we’ll be riding single-file, with due care and attention to the roadways around us.
Critical Manners is about being the change we wish to see in the world, and if we wish to truly be recognized and respected as traffic, we certainly need to ride within the rules of the road, as all other traffic is required to do.