Manchester Critical Mass – October 2017

So it’s Halloween Critical Mass already, it only seems like yesterday it was summer. Anyway, October is always a special Critical Mass, with people really making an effort to get dressed up and have fun for Halloween.

We were blessed with fantastic weather for this Critical Mass. After weeks of rain and storms, the weather really brightened up and it was lovely and sunny. There was a good crowd, lots of soundsystems and some fantastic costumes.

In St Peter’s Square, one of many fantastic costumes

We set off from St Peter’s Square and headed onto Cooper Street, towards Spring Gardens. We turned right onto New York Street and then waited at the lights before turning left onto Portland Street. Once on Portland Street, we went past Piccadilly Gardens, before getting stuck behind a few queuing buses.

Passing the Piccadilly Bus Station

Once the buses got out of the way, we headed onto Newton Street and into the Northern Quarter. We did a left into Stevenson Square, then carried on onto Thomas Street. We were soon on High Street, where we did the usual u-turn at the Church Street junction and headed for Shudehill.

Bike with birdcage attachment

We were now speeding down Shudehill. We carried on straight at the lights, going round the back of The Corn Exchange and Manchester Cathedral. We then went left onto Deansgate and carried on until Blackfriars Street. We carried on down St Mary’s Parsonage then looped back onto King Street West.

Tentacles at Kendals

We crossed Deansgate and carried on up King Street, then did a left onto Spring Gardens. We were then back on New York Street and heading towards Portland Street again. Instead of carrying onto the lights, we went right and headed into Chinatown.

That Dinosaur

We came out the other end of Chinatown took a left onto Princess Street. We were then stuck in more traffic, but we carried on until we reached Whitworth Street, where we took a right.

Heading down Princess Street

We were now at Oxford Road, heading out of town. We weren’t on there long, as we turned right onto New Wakefield Street, then onto Great Malborough Street, Chester Street and Cambridge Street.

That dinosaur again, on Oxford Road now

We now had to negotiate crossing one of the big roundabouts under the Mancunian Way at Cambridge Junction. A few brave souls edged out into the traffic to let us through, getting a bit of abuse from people in motor vehicles in return.

On Chester Street

We were now on Higher Cambridge Street, heading out of town. We carried on until Booth Street West, where we took a right and then headed onto Boundary Lane. Next, we arrived at Princess Road, where we went left and carried on out of town.

Heading down Princess Road

We were soon at Alexandra Park, our destination for the evening. The rather wonderful Coffee Cranks Cooperative had opened the The Pavilion Cafe for the evening and put on a Halloween Party. As is tradition, The Spokes were there too, celebrating 10 years and putting on a Halloween show in their own unique way.

The rather fabulous Spokes

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