For more than a year, the critical mass bicycle ride has had minimal or no policing. That all changed on friday, with a massive police operation in place and draconian conditions imposed to try and prevent riders from entering any part of north london. Despite the deployment of police from several forces alongside the met, and even a fly-by from a lynx armed forces helicopter, hundreds of cyclists defied the ban. They out-witted the police, and cycled as far as the olympic village, causing far less disruption than that caused by police trying to enforce their potentially unlawful ban.
Friday's Critical Mass, a monthly mass bike ride through central London, was the focus of a huge police operation on Stratford High Street, with 182 arrests made.
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