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The Fall Critical Mass ride and Experience a Different City 2011

Experience a Different City

Experience a Different City September 24th 2011

This year’s September 24th Critical Mass bicycling event and Experience a Different city festival put on by Auto*Mat will have a slightly different “spin.” Instead of the Critical Mass ride (which starts at 2:00 on Americká and Rumunská at Náměstí Míru) ending at one specific location for the festival, this year Auto*Mat, in cooperation with individuals, clubs, associations, and small businesses will be creating neighborhood and community events around the city. In this way individuals living in those areas can see what potential their own surroundings hold for development and can learn to play active roles in the transformation of their neighborhoods. If you are interested in volunteering your time for the function, please write to iva.pohankova (at) car-mat.cz. The Experience a Different City 2011 itinerary is a work-in-progress will be updated and published on Green Map as it develops.

If you’re not familiar with Auto*Mat’s Experience a Different City, it’s the 6th annual one-day event to let us contemplate our approaches to transportation and show how individuals could transform Prague into a more pleasant place to live. Impromptu roadside and sidewalk cafes, shops, and entertainment will be set up, creating a fun, safe, and community-focused event that can make us consider where our priorities now lie—giving preference to cars and parking rather than community and standard of living. Paired with the Critical Mass ride, which last year attracted 5,000 cyclists, you can begin to fathom that this is not just some movement fueled by a handful of hippies.

Cyclists will begin gathering at 1:00 on Americká and Rumunská streets September 24th, the Critical Mass ride set to begin at 1:30. The ride will follow an easy course through town to make it accessible to cyclists of all ages and abilities, ending in Letná park around 3:30.

Presently post-ride Experience a Different City events are being organized in Vinohrady, Košíře, Žižkov, Palmovka, Karlovo náměstí, Vršovice, Břevnov, Letňany, Letná, and possibly others. As of September 1st the specifics of the festival are still being worked out but you can keep tabs on the progress of the itinerary at Green Map or by joining Auto*Mat’s event page on Facebook.

Along with Auto*Mat, Urban Garden, Greenways, ReReRe, Lokal Burger and other partners will be organizing the event along the Vitkov rail-trail in Žižkov, with food, music, and cultural and educational events taking place all day, with a focus on the future development of the Vitkov rail-trail and Husitská and Koněvova streets. Details are still being worked out, so check back here for updates on the day’s events. There will be a volunteer clean-up of the trail in the morning, and all hands will be welcome. If you would like to volunteer to help out at the event on the Vitkov rail-trail in any capacity, please write to info (at) urbangarden.cz.

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3 Responses to “The Fall Critical Mass ride and Experience a Different City 2011”

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  2. Diego says:

    Hi there. I’ll be in Prague on Sat 24th, and would love to ride and participate. Wonder if is there any extra bike I could use for the day. That would be amazing. Many Thanks.

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