Cycling reaches ‘critical mass’

John Mayba is hoping that cycling in Port Alberni will reach a critical mass on Wednesday, July 8.

John Mayba plans Critical Mass ride July 8 to raise awareness of cycling in the Alberni Valley.

John Mayba is hoping that cycling in Port Alberni will reach a critical mass on Wednesday, July 8.

“Our first ever ‘Critical Mass’ ride will be held on July 8,” said Cycle Alberni’s Mayba.

“Critical Mass rides started in Sweden in the 1970s to raise awareness about cycling.”

These days, the cycling events are held in cities all over the world, including Vancouver—where Mayba got the idea to hold one here.

“When my son was in Vancouver we talked about how Critical Mass was happening there,” Mayba said.

“It’s really another opportunity to draw attention to the health and environmental benefits of cycling.”

At 7 p.m. on July 8, cyclists will depart from Char’s Landing, head down Argyle Street, turn right on Third Avenue, then right on Johnston Road, onto Maebelle Street, onto the Redford Extension, left up 10th Avenue and right on Argyle Street back to Char’s Landing.

Cyclists of all levels are welcome at the event.

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