Thousands of children want to get on their bikes this weekend – and demonstrate. Berlin is participating with a dozen events in the nationwide “Kidical Mass Weekend”, which is organized by environmental organizations such as the VCD and the federal government. “Kidical Mass” is derived from the term Critical Mass, the English word for a bike demo without registration.

According to the police, between 25 and 300 participants are registered for the 12 tours. Eight start on Saturday, four on Sunday. Most of the tour is under the motto “safe bike paths for children too”.

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From the point of view of the organizers, a safe cycle path is “a cycle path on which all parents can let their six-year-old child ride to school alone without hesitation”. The largest demo is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at Schmollerplatz/Heidelberger Straße on the border between Treptow and Neukölln, with 300 children. There are no tours in Köpenick, Spandau, Mitte, Tiergarten and Zehlendorf. An overview of all routes can be found here.

The Kidical Mass in Schöneberg is something special. On Sunday, this will take place under the motto “Save the youth traffic school on Sachsendamm”. As reported, this Schöneberger institution was given notice of the property.

Countless school classes have learned to cycle in the youth traffic school (JVS). Now it is on the brink of collapse, the owner of the property wants to build a high-rise building there, near the Südkreuz train station. This became known in April.

The “Kidical Mass” is therefore also organized by the state traffic police. The bicycle demo starts at 3 p.m. at the JVS, passes several elementary schools in Schöneberg and ends back at Sachsendamm. There will be a barbecue at 5 p.m.

Fourth-grade children from 21 Schöneberg elementary schools practice at the JVS and then take their bicycle test. According to the organizers, there were 14,300 children in the pre-Corona year 2019. But even insecure adults can practice there under supervision.

“In the next few years, tens of thousands of children will be deprived of the opportunity to practice cycling and road safety,” the appeal said. Information about the route can be found here.