“Kidical Mass”: Toddlers on bicycles parade on Swiss roads

PostedMay 15, 2022, 10:40 p.m.

Families traveled to eight cities, including Geneva and Lausanne, this weekend to raise awareness among authorities about the safety of young people on the road. At the end of the lake, they were 800, according to Pro Vélo.

Children on bicycles paraded this weekend in eight Swiss cities, on the occasion of the Kidical Mass. Derived from the traditional Critical Mass, the family-friendly event was held in Basel, St. Gallen and Zurich on Saturday. Sunday, it was the turn of Lausanne, Geneva, Bern, Thun and Baden.

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In Geneva on Sunday, the little cyclists departing from Uni Mail joined the Parc des Bastions via the rue de l’École-de-Médecine.

François Mellilo

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Derived from the traditional Critical Mass, the family-friendly event was held in Basel, St. Gallen and Zurich on Saturday.

Derived from the traditional Critical Mass, the family-friendly event was held in Basel, St. Gallen and Zurich on Saturday.

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Success at the end of the lake

At the end of the lake, this was a first. Some 800 participants gathered in front of Uni Mail, in Plainpalais according to the organizers. “It was a nice surprise. We didn’t expect so many people,” said Olivier Gurtner, president of Pro Vélo Genève. The group, half made up of children, reached the Parc des Bastions in the early afternoon, passing by the rue de l’École-de-Médecine. The trip was uneventful.

Objective of the approach: to make the authorities aware of the safety of children on the road. “They need to be able to get around safely and independently by bike and on foot. However, the insufficient quality of the infrastructures prevents this state of affairs”, estimates the association Pro Vélo suisse, at the origin of these gatherings.

Children on bikes in 15 countries

In Lausanne, which was not in its first edition, the event was less successful, perhaps due to the Bicycle Day which was taking place in the city on the same day. While a hundred people were expected, the police counted about fifteen cyclists departing from the Milan park. Similar actions have taken place all over the world. Toddlers cycled in more than 15 countries under the motto “The street belongs to us”.

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