Moon­light ride back on, an­nounce city and or­gan­is­ers

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - WENDYL MARTIN

TOMORROW’S Moon­light Mass ride through the city cen­tre is back on, thanks to suc­cess­ful ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween found­ing mem­bers of the highly pop­u­lar ride, the city and the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

The news is sure to be met with wide­spread joy, fol­low­ing mass dis­may over the can­cel­la­tion of the monthly event, which takes place on the night of the full moon each month. The 9km route starts at the Green Point cir­cle, with cy­clists rid­ing through Mouille Point to Green Point Main Road, tak­ing in Long Street and Loop Street, and end­ing in Green­mar­ket Square.

The num­ber of par­tic­i­pants has ex­ploded from just 30 in Jan­uary last year to about 4 000 now, throw­ing up safety is­sues that the au­thor­i­ties said forced them to put on the brakes.

Late yes­ter­day, how­ever, it was an­nounced by the city and the event’s found­ing mem­bers that the ride was back on.

Fi­nance, Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Tourism MEC Alan Winde has been iden­ti­fied on the per­mit as the or­gan­iser of the event.

Green Point ward coun­cil­lor Bev­er­ley Schafer said a lack of traf- fic sup­port, risk to cy­clists, light­ing and the pres­ence of skate­board­ers and wheel­chair par­tic­i­pants had been among the city’s con­cerns.

Event founder Elad Kir­shen­baum said he was happy the im­passe had been re­solved.

● The cy­clists meet at 9pm tomorrow.

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