The Metropolitan Police has had a decision overturned in the Appeal Court that effectively makes it illegal to organise Critical Mass, an event that’s taken place on the last Friday of the month for 13 years, without the organisers providing a route to the police. Jenny Jones, a Green Party member of the London Assembly, said: "This decision is bad news for everyone, as it will end up with the police wasting time arresting innocent cyclists like me, rather than arresting real criminals. Arresting cyclists at Critical Mass will be like arresting a group of passengers for gathering at Westminster tube station during the rush hour." Jenny is urging as many people as possible to join her on the ride this Friday (25th May), which sets off at 6.30 from under Waterloo Bridge, by the National Film Theatre.
Manic Street Preacher: [The decision] centred around the definition of what could be called a "customary procession". Two of the judges ruled that since every ride took a different route it could not be called customary.
Ellis Sharp: A child dies on London’s roads every fortnight. The Met couldn’t give a toss. London’s roads are choked with drivers chatting into handheld mobile phones. Again, the Met couldn’t give a toss. London’s residential areas are full of speeding morons. The Met couldn’t give a toss. But a couple of hundred cyclists riding around central London: the full resources of London’s police will be marshalled against them.