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Critical Mass to end?

The outcome of a case before the Law Lords later this month will decide the future of London’s Critical Mass cycle ride, the BBC reports.

Critical Mass has gained much popularity and momentum in the last decade, with regular rides taking place all over the world. But the future of the London leg hangs in the balance as the country’s most senior judges, the Law Lords, will “decide if a public procession that is apparently not organised and follows a random route, is one that can be defined as ‘commonly or customarily held’”.

The case hinges around section 11 of the Public Order Act 1986, which requires that organisers of demonstrations give written notice to the police, along with details of the planned route and names and addresses. The Critical Mass however, has no set route and no official organisers.

Those regularly involved with the Critical Mass are claiming the demonstration’s exception to the notice provisions because its event is “commonly or customarily held”. The mass cycle ride is held on the last Friday of every month, as has done for the last 11 years.

More at www.bbc.co.uk

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