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Chicago Critical Mass: The Southside Ride

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Chicago Critical Mass: The Southside Ride

Time: August 31, 2012 from 5:30pm to 8pm
Location: Daley Plaza, Chicago
Event Type: critical, mass, bike, ride
Organized By: Olatunji Oboi Reed
Latest Activity: Sep 1, 2012

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Peace All,

Red Bike & Green + The Pioneers Bicycle Club present...

The Southside Ride for Chicago Critical Mass

This Critical Mass route proposal is a 14-mile tour of some of Chicago's African-American cultural & historical landmarks. Highlights along the route will include the site of the Chess Records studios, the Bronzeville Victory Monument, Ida B. Wells' home, the Harold Washington Cultural Center, the DuSable Museum, the Obamas' house and much more. The ride will end at the new 31st Street marina and beach.

Check out the map at:
http://chicagocriticalmass.org/
Scroll down on the home page and click on the flyer for the full size image.

A special thanks to the lovely Eboni Senai, a true gem in our city. Her work as the Founder of Red Bike & Green - Chicago is energizing bicycling culture in the African American community of Chicago. Also want to share a huge thanks with John Greenfield, Willow Naeco, and Steven Lane for their early, active, and consistent support of this effort.

We will meet up at 5:30pm on Friday, August 31st at the Picasso statue at Daley Plaza. Please join us for a beautiful ride through parts of the Southside of Chicago!

...how about a post-ride afterparty?
Peoples DJs Collective 3YR Anniversary BBQ
2236 S. Marshall Blvd., Chicago
(block west of California & Cermak)
http://www.facebook.com/events/273511979429664/

Rock on,

Oboi
The Pioneers Bicycle Club
@theycallmeOboi

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Comment by Olatunji Oboi Reed on September 1, 2012 at 10:18am

peace bk (aka: Dr. Mambohead) - yeah, lots of love on them there streets, despite what we are told...

Comment by Olatunji Oboi Reed on September 1, 2012 at 9:18am

Peace y'all - Last night was a dream come true for me. And an awesome way to be welcomed home after living in Brazil for 6 months. 1000+ of my closest friends riding through the streets on the Southside of Chicago was an incredibly amazing experience. The love on the streets of the Southside was overflowing. We shared love and we received it back in multiples. I know in my heart that we energized biking on the Southside last night. We inspired people - young & old, active & inactive, the naysayers & the believers. We made an important statement last night. We proudly proclaimed that the City of Chicago is one city and biking is for everyone. We shouted loudly that we all deserve access to biking resources and the myriad benefits associated with those resources. The Pioneers Bicycle Club exist to get more Black folks and Southsiders riding in an effort to improve the health of our community. Our journey continues. A very special thanks to Eboni Senai and Red Bike & Green - Chicago. Eboni is doing the critical work of making biking cool and more Black folks in Chicago ride today as a result of her work and the work of RBG. It was indeed a pleasure for The Pioneers to partner with RBG on this effort. I especially want to thank John Greenfield for the encouragement to propose a Southside route for Critical Mass over a year ago. He has been a consistent supporter of the idea and happily did the work to make it happen. Thank you to Willow Naeco for enthusiastically supporting our route with prime real estate in The Deraileur Magazine. Thanks to Steven Lane for the early, active support and for promoting the route online. A big shout out and the tip of the hat to all the folks that loved the idea from the beginning and to all the folks that needed convincing. Together we put a dent in the universe, however small, a dent nonetheless. For this, I thank you deeply! - @theycallmeOboi

Comment by bk (aka: Dr. Mambohead) on August 31, 2012 at 10:03pm
By far, the friendliest and most supportive locals/bystanders of any of my 11 critical masses. Fun route too! Thanks everybody! Hmmmm.. what was this wonderland south of Cermak?!?
Comment by Olatunji Oboi Reed on August 31, 2012 at 3:04pm

mos def debra j, c u tonight! h' gonna make sure i meet everyone...

Comment by Debra J on August 31, 2012 at 3:02pm
Very cool! Thanks for the quick response.
Comment by Olatunji Oboi Reed on August 31, 2012 at 2:56pm

hey Debra J - we are asking folks to be there at 5:30pm (especially the CCM first-timers that we are expecting). plan is to pull off about 6ish. cool?

Comment by Debra J on August 31, 2012 at 2:51pm
Is the ride leaving Daley plaza at 5:30 or 6:00?
Comment by Olatunji Oboi Reed on August 31, 2012 at 2:34pm

the post-ride afterparty...

Peoples DJs Collective 3YR Anniversary BBQ

2236 S. Marshall Blvd., Chicago (block west of California & Cermak)

http://www.facebook.com/events/273511979429664/

Comment by Olatunji Oboi Reed on August 31, 2012 at 8:16am

hey Michelle Loomis - thanks for the note! thats a great reason to do another one again in the near future. travel gracefully...

Comment by Michelle Loomis on August 31, 2012 at 8:07am

Too bad I am leaving town :-( I have been wanting more south side rides!

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