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My name is Mae Quach and I'm an undergraduate student at Loyola University Chicago. I'm doing an article for my school's paper on the growing bike culture in Chicago and wanted to get some good insight from people who participate in events such as Critical Mass and are a part of the Chainlink online community-- people, who I believe, are a great representative of those who love cycling in the city.

I just have a few questions that I would like some of you to answer and if you could,  please provide your full name and email address in the reply so that I can probably attribute my sources in my article. Thank you so much for your help!

1. How do you feel about Chicago's bike culture in comparison to other cities such as Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, etc.?
        - some background information (if you didn't already know), Chicago plans to implement 33 miles of bike lanes with traffic lights in 2013
        - as of now, Chicago has over 170 miles of bike lanes. however, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces plans to build 650 miles of protected paths and bike lanes by 2020.

2. With new bike lanes being created, do you believe this is a progressive indication of Chicago's bike culture? Do you believe that within a few years, Chicago will gain a reputation of being one of the most bike friendly cities in the U.S.?

3. How often do you bike? Are you a daily commuter or do you cycle as more of a leisure activity? How immersed is your life surrounding bikes/cycling and commuting around Chicago?

Again, thank you so much for being a part of my article and those who reply, I will send you a link to the article if you'd like. To contact me with any questions, my email is

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You might consider browsing Streetsblog Chicago and talking to the John Greenfield over there to get some detailed information.

My only comment is to caution you against assuming there is a tremendous amount of homologus cycling culture. Cycling is no longer a niche thing; it's very much a mainstream activity which all facets of human life enjoy for various purposes. Things like Critical Mass and forums like this might have cultural aspects but they certainly don't define cyclists any more than drive thrus and car washes define motorists.

True Tom- though last month was my first critical mass and I went expecting a group of similar people and saw so many different people that it actually floored me. I'm sure the bike community is even more diverse than just those who showed up to critical mass in September, but it's a good place to start!


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