Riders did an admirable job of corking throughout the ride, blocking side-streets to let the Mass pass without drivers nosing aggressively into it, a job usually undertaken by the cycle police. On previous rides police made those with cycle sound systems turn them off in the SOCPA zone, an undemocratic area around Parliament, but this time there was no such restraint and the sounds played at full volume for the short time the ride circled Parliament Square.
Several of the usual Friday evening traffic jams were encountered in the West End and the Mass had to filter through them slowly, to the sound of horns and remonstrations from frustrated drivers. Arriving outside Buckingham Palace, with the flag up indicating the Queen in residence, the ride congregated for a time and circled up close to the Queen Victoria Memorial with joyous cries to a background of dance music.
Why the police didn't turn up for what was a highly successful ride remains a mystery. Was this to do with the impending House of Lords appeal against the police on 20th October or was it some kind of an experiment to see if those 'leaderless anarchists' on bicycles would run amok without police supervision and cause traffic chaos or even worse?