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MENDING BROKEN FENCES: A Community Bicycle Ride for Peace on Chicago Streets


MENDING BROKEN FENCES: A Community Bicycle Ride for Peace on Chicago Streets

Time: November 15, 2014 from 11am to 4pm
Location: Chicago Police Department, 11th District
Street: 3151 W. Harrison St.
City/Town: Chicago
Website or Map:…
Phone: 773-916-6264
Event Type: community bicycle ride
Organized By: Olatunji Oboi Reed
Latest Activity: Feb 13, 2015

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A Community Bicycle Ride for Peace on Chicago Streets 

In Partnership with the Chicago Police Department's 11th District CAPS Community Policing Office

Saturday, November 15, 2014
11am Meet & Greet + Refreshments
12pm Ride 

Starting Point & End Point:
Chicago Police Department 
11th District CAPS Office 
3151 W. Harrison St., Chicago 

Mid Point:
Museum Campus & Northerly Island 

Light refreshments at the beginning of the ride.
Pizza party & youth recognition event at the end of the ride.
Donation suggested. 

Citywide (Slow) Roll Call: 
Calling all bicycle clubs/organizations around Chicago to ride with us for the final ride of our 2014 inaugural ride season. 
Sign up by contacting us at:

Better Boys Foundation, Bike & Roll Chicago, Freeman Kevenides Law Firm, Greencorps Chicago, SRAM, Working Bikes 

Why We Ride

Slow Roll Chicago is partnering with the Chicago Police Department’s 11th District CAPS Community Policing Office to bring the City of Chicago a family- and youth-focused ride in honor of peace on Chicago streets, utilizing the activity of bicycling to reduce violence on the Westside of Chicago and throughout the City. This ride promises to be an incredibly energetic ride as we celebrate youth achievement and mark the end of Slow Roll Chicago’s 2014 inaugural launch season. 

Slow Roll Chicago's final community bicycle ride of 2014 takes us on a gorgeously picturesque route from the Westside of Chicago to Northerly Island and back again. We roll slow through the Lawndale, East Garfield Park, West Town, South Loop, and University Village neighborhoods. We roll slow pass many beautiful sites such as the United Center, UIC Campus, Medical District, Little Italy, and the Museum Campus. We stop at the wonderful Northerly Island to soak up a grand natural landscape within the urban megalopolis that is the City of Chicago. The ride will return to the CPD 11th District for a youth recognition event and a celebratory pizza party.

Slow Roll Chicago rides on the Westside of Chicago to create a deeply transformative experience for the young people who ride with us as well as everyone involved.

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Comment by Olatunji Oboi Reed on November 29, 2014 at 7:44am

Peace All - Apologies for the delay! Here is a shared Google Drive folder with over 200 photos from the ride. Check it out here:

And, in case you are on Facebook, join our group here: ;

And, there's more photos on Facebook here:

Comment by Olatunji Oboi Reed on November 16, 2014 at 10:12pm

Peace Slow Rollers - One word: WOW!

Several words: We are deeply inspired by what we've achieved in less than 2 months. And, we are incredibly fortunate to have all of you on this journey together with us. We love and appreciate our incredible ‪#‎SquadChicago‬ team and the entire extended ‪#‎SlowRollCHI‬ family. We did this together! We will soon share a more formal, detailed season wrap up with everyone along with our plans to keep our #SlowRollCHI community connected through the winter.

In the meantime, please be sure to join our Facebook Group here:

And, please sign up for our email newsletter here:

Comment by Olatunji Oboi Reed on November 15, 2014 at 8:31am

A couple cool articles about our ride today...

Slow Roll Chicago: West Side Bike for Peace Coming Tomorrow...

Slow Roll Chicago celebrates community, history by way of bike...

Comment by Olatunji Oboi Reed on November 13, 2014 at 6:08am
Hey Lisa - Thanks for the note below. Very helpful for helping people who don't ride regularly prepare for the ride on Sat. Will copy your note and paste on Facebook and on our website. Thank you for your time and support! By the way, we won the grant competition last night. Dearly appreciate you being there with us. Thanks again, be well and talk soon...
Comment by Lisa Curcio on November 12, 2014 at 11:36am

All you experienced winter riding Chainlinkers, this is not for you!  It might be for the friends you invited who don't normally ride in cooler weather, though. :-)

Hey Mama, it’s cold outside but I want to ride with Slow Roll.  What do I wear?


Simple answer:  Loose layers from head to toe!


Not enough information? Okay, okay.


You do not need to run to the bike shop for “technical gear”.  You have things in your own drawers and closets that will keep you warm. And you don’t need bulky things, either.  You will be warmer with a few thin layers than with one bulky anything.


Loose layers allow air pockets that retain heat.  Tight clothes push the air out and you will be cold.


First pay attention to head, neck, hands, and feet. You have heard it before—we lose a LOT of heat through our uncovered heads.  At the very least put a thin cap under your helmet.  You can use a combination face mask/cap if you have one.  Put a scarf around your face and neck. It does not need to be heavy.  You just want something to hold heat in and block wind.  Cold neck and face means you will be unhappy.


Wear gloves under mittens.  If you have soft gloves and soft mittens you will be able to grab your handlebars and brakes, and you will be able to shift.  If you only have gloves, try to find a thinner glove to layer under bigger gloves.  Borrow gloves from someone with bigger hands than you have, and put your own gloves under the bigger gloves.


Wear the biggest shoes or boots that you own, and layer socks.  Don’t make your shoes or boots too tight.  Tight shoes/boots make cold feet.  Looser shoes/boots let those hand air pockets form.  If all you have is sneakers—don’t laugh—put a piece of newspaper inside the sneakers over your socks.  It blocks the wind.


Tops and bottoms—yep layers.  On the outside, wear something that will block wind.  Even if it is not a windy day we create our own wind when we ride.  If you have long underwear type clothes, make that your first layer.  Tights are good.  They don’t have to be fancy tights! If you own wool sweaters/jackets/pants, put those on over the first layer.  Thin layers are better than thick layers. Jeans let in the wind. Try to put something under them if you are going to wear jeans.


So let’s layer up and RIDE on Saturday, November 15.

Comment by Olatunji Oboi Reed on November 12, 2014 at 10:41am

This evening, please watch Chicago Tonight on WTTW Channel 11 for a cool story on Slow Roll Chicago by our friend and fellow cyclist, Jay Shefsky ...

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