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Are the Marauders and other like minded cyclists meeting up before the Mcdonalds Midnight L.A.T.E Ride somewhere? Anyone planning on crashing the ride in large numbers?

I don't see anyone discussing this happening online or in person. And for some reason I ain't on the MM list serve, I should probably get on that.

 

Two years ago the L.A.T.E Ride audit was super bad ass fun. It was certainly one of the more memorable midnight rides in recent memory.

 

If you're joining us, please, RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook [ https://www.facebook.com/events/411389172247347 ] or the Chainlink [ http://www.thechainlink.org/events/mcdonalds-l-a-t-e-ride-audit ]!

 



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So should we stop buying our booze at 7/11 before MM?

oh, and shame on you for placing blame on the leadership of this free online community forum and chicagoland cycling advocates, asking them to censor and manage discussions of seeming opposing opinions, especially towards an opinion you have. thats not how discussions happen, unfortunately.

O said:

Spencer, et. al.:

I really find that your attitude towards the folks who give of their time and monies to support the urban transportation landscape offensive. Many of the folks who attend the big three rides (of which the LATE Ride is one) are from the collar counties and suburbs. We have plenty of rides that we could and do support both here in Illinois and in other nearby states. We do not have to contribute to the welfare of an arrogant urban population of bicycle riders who find us "silly yuppies".

I place the blame for threads like this at the feet of the leadership of this board. But in reality it really belongs at the feet of the agencies in Chicago which tap the suburban market for funds to help meet their operation costs. I say this because they are complicit in your activities and seemingly supportive of your attitude despite the fact that they are members of this forum as well, but seemingly remain strangely silent.

If the LATE ride is for losers, then why even bother showing up? Why not enjoy a romp through non-route regions of the city where you can behave as wildly as you choose to without the possibility of endangering riders with less experience than yourselves who are likely to be even more vulnerable in darkness?

I took the time to spell out my feelings about the general tone set here on the ChainLink at this location. You remind me of the way in which folks in the Segregated South of my youth behaved when dealing with the poor disenfranchised "coloreds" of the 1950s and 1960s.

Your actions seem immature to me but what do I know. I taught junior high students for a decade and only have that experience to compare with your behavior. This thread and the one attributing the burning of the Lakefront Trail Path to "urban youth" when upon close inspection it appears to have been a controlled burn in service of a landscaping change just south of the 31st Street Harbor is another example of the way in which you arrogance exceeds the ability to be civil. You seem to put forth the notion that Black Youth were the possible culprits but I never saw a retraction of that original premise. it was allowed to linger for posterity. Shame on this group for being so bigoted.

For folks to have suggested that the fire might also have gladly burned up the trees used in the Art Installation at that harbor I found appalling. It is time for this group to "grow up". You are fine decent people with arrested development issues. Behaving like teen agers in your late twenties and thirties is about as cute as trying to wear a thong bikini in your 80s. Few folks can pull that off.

We have far too much difficulty trying to get funds from Congress to have evidence of the type that this thread demonstrates in plain view. I have said it before and I will say it again, the best way for the Tea Party to get its pound of flesh out of transportation bills is to reference this forum and some of the threads that have erupted here. It is almost as if you are either trying to sabotage the work of ATA and FOP or are simply clueless about the effects of your words.

Spencer "Thunderball" Thayer! said:

The Mc L.A.T.E. Ride doesn't publish their route ahead of time because they don't want people auditing their ride. Silly as it seems. They think people should pay money to ride in a large group. LOL! Silly yuppies.

Spencer, here is the 2012 LATE Ride route:

The ride starts at 1:00 am. There will be 6 waves of riders - Purple (VIP), Blue, Green, Red, Orange, and Yellow, at about 8-minute intervals.

Since it is only 4.4 miles to Nine Muses Food and Liquor, you won't have to wait long. I'll be in the Blue wave, looking for the 'audit' group. By the way, Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, LLC is the main sponsor this year, along with the usual suspects. No Mickey D's, however.

I hope you and the 'audit group' have a great time.



Spencer "Thunderball" Thayer! said:

Hey Kevin, do you have the map right now? I was under the impression they give it to you at the time of sign in. Could you take a photo of it and upload it for us?

bone and joint...much more apropos

 

Is nobody going to mention that Friends of the Parks's ED came out publicly against building a Veldrome in Douglas park as part of Olympic preparations, stating (verbatim) “A velodrome in Douglas Park? I mean, who is going to use it? No one uses a velodrome in the city of Chicago.”

Wish I could take back the yuppies don't publish their route comment now! Thanks DON!

nevermind

O - you are making a lot of assumption here. This thread was not started to insult others, but to get our friends togeather. ... Which is what chainlink is for. This thread obviously was not aimed towards you.

Without Eric's contributions to this thread it would be on page 2 by now.

Laura said:

O - you are making a lot of assumption here. This thread was not started to insult others, but to get our friends togeather. ... Which is what chainlink is for. This thread obviously was not aimed towards you.

ha, i remember that.

its like saying "water, who needs water in the desert? there are no plants there to need water"

h' said:

Is nobody going to mention that Friends of the Parks's ED came out publicly against building a Veldrome in Douglas park as part of Olympic preparations, stating (verbatim) “A velodrome in Douglas Park? I mean, who is going to use it? No one uses a velodrome in the city of Chicago.”

i have major scheduling conflicts for the audit, and most likely working, but if i am working, i could join yall post 2 or 3am, i just need location updates. i think the ride will be in my general area at that time, anyway.

Spencer "Thunderball" Thayer! said:

And more importantly we would be able to discuss the logistics of the ride and not some bullshit about the value of the L.A.T.E. Ride. So... Let's talk Logistics. Anyone have a problem with the bar location, the time or anything else relating to making this happen?

h' said:

Without Eric's contributions to this thread it would be on page 2 by now.

We that ride in Chicago (and burbs for that matter) on a regular basis have a much higher level of respect and boosterism than any single mass ride 3x a year participant could ever have as we are the ones that take to the streets most days sun, rain, sleet or snow to enjoy what this amazing city has to offer as well as are regularly visible so cars don't forget we are here 24/7. You're alarmist stories stoke the fears and reenforce all the negative stereotypes of the city with your post, I would say that is pretty un-booster like behaviour. To add to that your negative view and the sky is falling is counterproductive and surprises me, after all the tireless work that groups like ATA, the Chainlink, and loose collectives like MM have done your proclamation that it is all for not is unsound. Urban centers across the world are waking up and building up their bike friendly ways as populations leave the suburbs to take advantage of a greener way of life that a dense setting offers.

To each his own I suppose but you may be better served attacking another group as the Chainlink is a great collective of people from all walks of life with one thing in common... bicycles. 

I'll be counting bikes again at Wells and Chicago this afternoon for ATA, ride on by... especially the ladies you are missed in the count and on the road.

Have fun Sat, both MM and L.A.T.E. alike, the more the merrier.

Oh and me... Um yeah, hardly a Hipster.

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