Founded in 2007 by James Happe, Loic Bellet and a few others, and reignited by Louise Denysschen, Melvin Neale and Shaun vd Burgt in 2011, Critical Mass Joburg was formed to bring more people back into the city and raise awareness about the viability of bicycles as a form of transport in and around Joburg.
Come hit the streets of Jozi with us every last Friday of the month!
Traditionally the Critical Mass movement is about an unofficial, unsanctioned rally on all forms of self propelled wheeled transport that brings into focus things like safety, car-free social time on city streets and re-using the inner city’s facilities for social interaction.
What one of our participants had to say: “This is an awesome experience which is really not captured in the write up for this event… imagine a hundred people on bikes of all shapes and sizes, fairy lights and ringing bells, music on a portable soundsystem – all riding together through the streets of suburb and city – taking back the streets and having a fabulous time! bring or borrow a bike and don’t miss this!!!!! the pace is very relaxed. its a ride, not a race. its like cycling to the corner shop on a saturday afternoon. it is very, very FUN!”
Where & when do we start?
The official start of the Critical Mass is the corner of Juta and De Beer streets in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on the last Friday of every month @ 19:00.
(There are however smaller sub-groups that ride to the mass together, the main sub-group leaves from Dunkeld Shopping center at around 18:00) These are the GPS co-ordinates: -26.194501, 28.034887
The route varies from month to month but is basically an easy +/-25km through the Johannesburg CBD. We ride through Braamfontein, Fordsburg, Newtown, Marshall Town, Maboneng (where we usually stop for a drink), Troyville, Ellispark, Joubert Park and Hillbrow.