During the monthly Melbourne Critical Mass bike ride on 28th January, while the ride was travelling down St Georges Road in Thornbury a private car collided with two of the activist cyclists, injuring both. The ambulance service was called and treated one of them, it is unknown if he was taken to hospital. One bike was driven over and was dragged over four hundred metres down the road stuck underneath the car. The driver did not await the attendance of the police, but made off without leaving details. The matter is still under investigation by Victoria Police.
Melbourne Critical Mass has a reputation for visiting the site of the Melbourne Grand Prix, which takes over Albert Park for eight months of the year for staging the Formula 1 race in March.
With the world moving into a period threatened by dangerous climate change due to a failure to curb greenhouse gas emissions, it is about time this event was shown for what it is: a waste of resources, a gross contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, and fostering a culture and behaviour of alcohol abuse and unsustainable car use.