Manchester Critical Mass – January 2017

Brr, January Critical Mass was a cold one, though it was thankfully dry. There was a reasonable turnout for January, given the weather. We had two soundsystems, which always adds to the atmosphere and a host of Deliveroo riders were along for the ride.

Waiting in St Peter’s Square

We headed out of St Peter’s Square down Lloyd Street as we often do and went round Albert Square, past all the lanterns for Chinese New Year. We headed out of Albert Square and onto Cross Street, trying to avoid getting stuck in the new tram tracks.

In Albert Square

We took a right onto King Street and headed up to Spring Gardens and onto New York Street. From there, we joined Portland Street and carried on past Piccadilly Gardens, heading for the Northern Quarter.

Waiting for the lights to change on New York Street

We headed along Newton Street, turned left and rode through Stevenson Square. We carried on onto Thomas Street, through the heart of the Northern Quarter and turned left on High Street and left again onto Church Street. We carried along Church Street, until Oldham Street, where we turned right and headed back to Piccadilly.

On Church Street at the Tib Street junction

Back on Portland Street, we left Piccadilly and headed for China Town, appropriately for Chinese New Year. After a brief tour, we joined Princess Street and headed out of the city centre.

Riding through China Town

Upon reaching Whitworth Street, we turned left and then right onto Sackville Street. Unfortunately, the route through Sackville Street is currently closed for construction work, so we had to do a u-turn and head for Oxford Road.

Doing a u-turn onto Charles Street

We hit a busy Oxford Road, still in the midst of the bus priority scheme construction. We turned right to get off Oxford Road and headed for Cambridge Street. We then negotiated the subway under the Mancunian Way Cambridge Street Junction. This was a bit tricky for some, with the unnecessary barriers. The soundsystems in particular.

Negotiating the barriers at the Cambridge Street Junction subway

Making our way out the other side of the Mancunian Way, we headed along Higher Cambridge Street, meeting a few impatient drivers along the way.

Joining Higher Cambridge Street

We carried along until we reached Manchester Science Park, where we took a right and headed to the Old Abbey Taphouse, where we received a very warm welcome, as usual.

At the Old Abbey Taphouse

And that was January Critical Mass done. Luckily, we avoided the rain that arrived not long after we finished. Unfortunately, most of my Chinese lanterns didn’t survive the ride home in the rain.

See you next month!

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