Critical Mass - night time photography in the city

Critical Mass is a group of cyclists that get together for a relaxed cycle through the streets of Johannesburg.

For photography - the idea is for us to car pool and pick a few spots along the cycle route for night time photography. There are generally a couple of hundred cyclists, so this adds to our safety of photographing in the city at night.

1. Parking
At the start on the road. Everyone parks on the streets (unless you have a high risk car like a VW citi golf, there is fenced parking for R20 3 streets from the start)

Suggest we start with the cyclists in Braamfontein and position ourselves on Nelson Mandela Bridge before they set off at 7.

 

2. Marshals
It is not an official ride, meaning the streets will not be closed. Think Bike motorcyclists join to stop cars at the intersections.

3. It is free

4. Distance
10 KM through Fordsburg, stop for drinks/beer in JHB CBD at Arts on Main, 6 KM past Ellis Part stadium, through Hillbrow back to the start.

5. How long?
They leave no one behind so there are stops along the way for the rest to catch up. An hour to the drinks, break for 30 minutes, 45 minutes cycle back to the start.

 

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  • Mark S.

    Greetings all. The Critical Mass crowd are doing a slide show at a public intervention/ block party in Hillbrow on Sunday night and need photographs to show... please send me your e-mail address if I can invite you to share photographs for them to use. Event link: http://www.facebook.com/events/324326101001214/

    February 5, 2013

  • jackie

    awesome awesome - just the greatest vibe amongst the critical mass community and great fun photo opp - loved every moment of it - and of course just a great bunch of togs

    1 · January 26, 2013

  • Mark S.

    These guys have an event of note planned in Hillbrow!

    January 25, 2013

  • Mark S.

    Hi guys - so who's joining tonight?

    January 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Holding thumbs that we can be there, just trying to clear some urgent work.

      January 25, 2013

    • Kevin R.

      Thanks for the info Mark, will try to be there

      January 25, 2013

  • Chakan H.

    FYI: there is also lots of 1st story high-spots (in 1st floor bars etc) that have already been recceed along the roads that the CM will travel along and stop in Hillbrow... ref: Kotze Street & Quartz Street.. these will make great vantage points for photography and film....

    1 · January 23, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member removed the location. It was Nelson Mandela bridge

    January 23, 2013

  • Mark S.

    The Route - Friday 25/01/13 START - Cnr DeBeer & Juta, Braamfontein: approx 19.15 -1930

    MID-RIDE BREAK - cnr Kotze Street & Quartz Street - HILLBROW: approx[masked]

    END - Cnr DeBeer & Juta, Braamfontein: approx 22:00

    View extended details of the route here: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/264802623

    1 · January 23, 2013

    • Mapaseka

      A car would have to follow from the back. The best shots are often from right in the middle or the front. You will have to cycle to get to the best spots. Maybe a split between a car pool and some photographers on their bikes.

      January 23, 2013

  • Mark S.

    Melvin Neale has let me know that the route is different than usual this month. The midway stop is at highpoint in Hillbrow. I'll post details as soon as I get more details so we can work out a few stopping points en route for night time photography.

    Here's a link to the Critical Mass cycle event
    http://www.facebook.com/events/393825597377094/?fref=ts

    1 · January 21, 2013

  • jackie

    i have the high risk car ... does this mean the parking around braamfontein will be chokkas?

    January 20, 2013

    • Mapaseka

      I was joking, everyone parks on the street. But just to be safe...there is a fenced in parking around the block from the start.

      January 20, 2013

    • jackie

      no worries

      January 20, 2013

  • Mapaseka­ changed the date and time from Friday, December 28, 2012 at 6:00 PM to Friday, January 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    December 25, 2012

  • Mapaseka

    If you would like to book a bicycle, Busi provides a mountain bike including a helmet at R250. She will be at the start.
    Busi[masked]

    December 24, 2012

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