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Kidical Mass Rides Again! Sunday 28 April

A child-friendly urban bike ride – which calls on Brighton & Hove Council to invest in cycling, walking and wheeling – will return to the city’s streets on the afternoon of Sunday 28 April 2024. This follows the massive success of the first such Kidical Mass bike ride organised in the city late last summer.

The event, part of a global campaign inspired by Critical Mass, calls for safe, connected cycle routes, especially for children and families.

Iliana Koutsou of Bricycles, one of the ride organisers, said: “Kidical Mass in September had three times as many people as expected, and was great fun. It showed how much people, including families, want safe routes for riding on bicycles. It’s great that the Council have now agreed to build the cycle lane from Brighton pier to Valley Gardens, but we now need our Council to increase the pace and scale of rolling out more cycle lanes. So we’re going to ride again, but bigger and louder this time!”

For the next Kidical Mass ride, there will be more start locations than before – making it easier for families to join from parts of the city not served well for cycling. These locations are Wish Park, Hove Park, The Level and Black Rock. These separate feeder rides will unite with more cyclists at the Peace Statue before taking to the city centre streets en masse.

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Kidical Mass Brighton & Hove is organised by local cycling campaign groups BricyclesBrighton Bike HubBrighton Multicultural Women’s Cycling Club (BMWCC), Clean Air for Brighton and Hove, and Old Shoreham Road (OSR) Bike Train, with funding from The Big Bike Revival.

Poppy Lindsay from BMWCC said: “We’re pleased to be co-organising the next ride. Our members feel that it’s urgent we have better cycling infrastructure to make our city safer for all people on bicycles. We urge the Council to take action on building more safe cycling routes.”

Dr Dan Roberts from Clean Air Brighton and Hove said: “As an A&E doctor, I see the effects of both air pollution, inactivity and unsafe cycle infrastructure everyday. Making our city an easy place for everyone to cycle will save lives; directly though preventing accidents but also through reducing air pollution and increasing exercise.”

Duncan Blinkhorn of Brighton Bike Hub said: “We’re inviting participants, especially children, to make their own posters and flags for the ride, with pictures and slogans such as ‘Make our city #SafeToCycle’.”

Daren Callow of OSR Bike Train said: “It’s been a disappointing year for children riding to school, with no new cycle lanes being built. Let’s hope that support for Kidical Mass demonstrates that people want people-friendly improvements to Brighton & Hove’s streets.”

Almost half of the last ride’s 300 riders were children, some pedalling their own bikes, others riding with friends and family on child seats, cargo bikes and trailers. Thirty volunteer marshals helped ensure the ride ran safely and smoothly, including professional Bikeability trainers who teach safe cycling skills.

The ride was one of the biggest such events in the UK outside London. Elsewhere rides took place in cities including Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, with many more in the United States, Germany, Portugal and other countries.

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