Shift Happens! Critical Mass 20th Anniversary publication… and we’re in it …

It’s finally here! Critical Mass 20th Anniversary events and celebratory ride are next week in San Francisco, but South Africa will be there in spirit. describes Shift Happens as “An international collection of 39 essays covering the history and practice of Critical Mass, the monthly gathering of bicyclists, that takes place in over 400 cities around the world. Whether under the name Critical Mass, Bicicritica, Bicicletada, Massa Critica, Ciemmona, or any of many other names, the grassroots movement of bicyclists riding en masse has changed cities and politics around the world, after its beginnings in San Francisco 20 years ago in 1992. Writers from Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, France, England, Hungary, Czech Republic, Argentina, the United States, and more have contributed eloquent and illuminating accounts of how their respective cities have been altered by the experience of monthly mass cycling.”

The ‘many more’ they refer to includes Cape Town and Durban…

Now the thing about book publishing is that it takes a while. So when we delivered the chapter on the state of urban cycling in South Africa, #moonlightmass involved around 40 people, CM JHB was a ghost of its current self, Jozi hustle, Sunday Shootout, Bike Polo were only starting to gain momentum. So the bad news is that these fabuluous initiaves barely feature in the publication; the good news is how quickly things change, how September 2012 in the South African urban bicycle world bears little resemblance to that of a mere 8 months ago…

So if you’re in SF, CM has has organized a book reading on Wednesday, 26 September – so sorry we won’t be there… Perhaps we’ll have to organize a little book launch here in CT… We have around 10 copies for sale, so give us your order 🙂

Shift Happens!
Critical Mass at 20
Chris Carlsson (Editor); LisaRuth Elliott (Editor); Adriana Camarena (Editor)
Pages: 320
Released: Sep 11, 2012
ISBN-13: 9780926664081
A new anthology celebrating the accomplishments of the Critical Mass movement over the past twenty years. From both theoretical and practical perspectives, the book explores how Critical Mass has gone around the world, how it has evolved along the way, and the impacts it has had on local politics, transportation, and cultures.



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