Critical Mass Cycles Return To Tralee This Friday

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Participants in the Tralee ‘Critical Mass’ cycle back in June 2019. Photo by Dermot Crean

THE Kerry Cycling Campaign has announced that the monthly Critical Mass cycles are back this September. The group had suspended the events due to Covid-19 public health restrictions.

The first Critical Mass ride of 2021 will take place at 6pm on Friday, September 24 at Tralee Town Square. The event is suitable for all ages and all ability levels.

Critical Mass is a high profile, monthly bike ride, in Tralee which aims to be fun, loud and community focussed.

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The Kerry Cycling Campaign says Critical Mass events highlight the numbers of people who want to cycle on Irish roads and streets, but feel they are unable to do so safely due to inadequate road design.

They said the events are a call to action to councils, government and road designers to properly and thoughtfully design for all road users, of all ages and abilities.

The Critical Mass concept originated in 1992 in San Francisco and by the end of 2003, the event was being held in hundreds of towns and cities worldwide.

Speaking on behalf of the Kerry Cycling Campaign, Keith Phelan said: “We are excited to be back on the streets on the last Friday of each month, starting with the 24th of September. Critical Mass is a great way to enjoy a pedal with others in a friendly and fun atmosphere. As before, we will assemble at Tralee Town Square at 6 PM for a 6.30PM departure. Everyone is welcome to join us and you don’t need to be a seasoned cyclist to participate.”

While there is no pre-determined route, the group aims to keep the cycle to a manageable distance for those attending. Further information can be found on the group’s website or social media channels.

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