VIDEO: Critical Mass ride protests southern link

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On your way home from work on Friday you may have come across a group of cyclists riding the railway reserve to the Nelson iSite.

For Nelson’s first Critical Mass protest, over 80 people jumped on their bikes, trikes, tandems and scooters and wheeled their way along the railway reserve yesterday to raise awareness and appreciation for the cycleways that may be lost if the southern link goes ahead.

Critical Mass founder, Olwen Murphy from Alton Street Cycles says the idea to have a Critical Mass in Nelson sprung from conversations over coffee in the store.

“There’s been quite a lot of discussion about the link and the cycleway and we thought, ‘man, we really need to raise some awareness about how great the track is.”

Olwen says the southern link will be detrimental to cycling in Nelson and slow down the cycle culture that is currently being cultivated within the region.

“When I was biking through it just suddenly overwhelmed that me what we could lose this track, it’s a vital section of the off-road cycle route from Nelson to Richmond.”

Whether the Southern Link goes ahead or not, you can be sure the Critical Mass group definitely turned a few heads on Friday’s ride.