Defend the Critical Mass 9

by bikesalive

The 9 cyclists facing criminal charges after daring to be on the streets on their bikes on the last Friday of the month last July appear in court on Monday 25 February.

Remember how the police purported to tell some of the London Critical Mass participants, that month, that they were banned from cycling north of the river? And remember how people choosing to move around London by other means didn’t face such attempted restrictions? And remember how 182 cyclists ended up being arrested, held overnight, and their bikes impounded? Well, 9 of those 182 cyclists are – finally – facing trial.

If you agree that cycling is not a crime, and that cyclists who are simply cycling, and not part of a demonstration, should not be picked on, then support the defendants! The court case is likely to run for several days, at least.

The trial takes place at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, 181 Marylebone Road, London NW1. It’s near the western end of Marylebone Road, just before the Old Marylebone Road junction and the flyover. If for any reason you aren’t arriving by bike, the nearest underground stations are Marylebone on the Bakerloo Line, and Edgware Road on the District, [no longer really a] Circle, and Hammersmith Lines.

There’s expected to be a lot of cyclists around the court from 9am on the first day of the trial…

If you want to make contact with the defence campaign, you can do so via But in any case, turn up at the court any time in the next few days and show your support!