Che Guevara had his motorcycle and they had their bicycles. Revolutionaries on wheels went from all corners of
Once there, they voiced their demands for freedom and dignity. The people demanded the removal of the regime and the regime obliged.
On the 12th of February the revolution showed a new even more beautiful face, overnight it metamorphosed into a green revolution.
People cleaned Tahrir square, separating waste at source and sweeping every grain of dust on the pavement. Afterwards, they started repairing and painting the sidewalks and fences.
Seeing thousands of people brooms and paint brushes in hand in
I asked myself, why would that be? Is it a new born sense of ownership? Is it the hope that was born with the revolution? (here are the thoughts of my friend and co-founder of the NM-Green Arm, Ahmed El Dorghamy)
Will the revolution impact cycling?
The old regime which was a bit tight on agglomerations and under the emergency law police kept their eyes on large gatherings. Egyptian cyclists occasionally riding in groups of 300 were harassed. Ride leaders were interrogated as to the nature of activities (and whether the rides were demonstrations of some sort) and requested to issue permits for events gathering a large number of people.
Now that the right to peaceful demonstration has been granted (or rather snatched from the claws of the regime) and at a time when we expect the lifting of the emergency laws, can we hope for a change? Can we expect thousands of cyclists to fill the very same square that called for democracy to in turn call for a bicycle friendly city?
Critical Mass is a bicycling event typically held on the last Friday of every month in over 300 cities around the world. The ride was originally founded in 1992 in
Critical Mass rides have been perceived as protest activities. A 2006 New Yorker magazine article described Critical Mass' activity in New York City as "monthly political-protest rides", and characterized Critical Mass as a part of a social movement; and the UK e-zine Urban75, which advertises as well as publishes photographs of the Critical Mass event in London, describes this as "the monthly protest by cyclists reclaiming the streets of London."