When a Critical Mass is Reached

After writing Thursday’s post about Rak Haeng Siam, a post which I had been writing in my mind for nearly two months, turning over thoughts and thinking about turns of phrase, I’ve found it difficult to write another post.  It’s that silence that comes after you’ve said everything you have to say.  It leaves me feeling empty and expended.

Maybe also it is because the weekend was a quiet one.  Tawn was under the weather and I was pressed into service as a nurse, so there wasn’t anything to stimulate a new entry.


BKK Critical Mass Eng One thought, though: this coming Friday will be the first Critical Mass ride in Khrungthep.  For those of you unfamiliar with this movement, it started in San Francisco in the early 1990s as a monthly group bicycle ride to celebrate bicycling and remind other users of the streets that bicyclists have a right to the roads, too.  It has no organizers, usually no defined route, and the group just goes where it goes.

While some have seen it as a protest and some riders choose to be very confrontational with motorists, it is generally meant to be more of an awareness-raising opportunity as well as an opportunity to enjoy bicycling on the streets in numbers large enough to provide safety.

Even though there isn’t an organizer, someone on the Thai Cycling Club web board posted an entry announcing the event.  And there are graphics in both Thai and English, so clearly someone has put a little effort into it. 


BKK Crititcal Mass Thai Color

In any case, I’m looking forward to this Friday evening and a chance to celebrate Leap Year and to see the City of Angels from my bicycle seat.


6 thoughts on “When a Critical Mass is Reached

  1. Hope the cyclists in Bangkok are better than the ones in Toronto! The ones in Toronto think they own the road cutting off cars and pedestrians!PS – Thanks for the well wishes! 🙂

  2. Glad that you won’t have to worry about me being on a bike there ….or anywhere else.  Don’t know how to ride a bike. (lol ) However, I hope you have a blast.

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