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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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hey James - yep, we thought about that also. and we decided to end at 31st beach because of the new marina and other new construction work that was recently completed. its truly an awesome beach and new marina with alot of cool, new features for kids and adults alike. will you be joining us? if so, look forward to meeting you in person.

James BlackHeron said:

So the post-ride ride will be from 31st street beach back to Wicker/Bucktown/Logan Square where 80%+ of CCM riders actually live...

I'll second that thought on 31st St. beach - it's a beauty.  What's wrong with the whole ride going south once in a while?  A change of scenery isn't a bad thing.

Olatunji Oboi Reed said:

hey James - yep, we thought about that also. and we decided to end at 31st beach because of the new marina and other new construction work that was recently completed. its truly an awesome beach and new marina with alot of cool, new features for kids and adults alike. will you be joining us? if so, look forward to meeting you in person.

James BlackHeron said:

So the post-ride ride will be from 31st street beach back to Wicker/Bucktown/Logan Square where 80%+ of CCM riders actually live...

If you like getting tazed and/or pepper-sprayed...

Olatunji Oboi Reed said:

that would be awesome. wait...then again...

h' said:

Hopefully Obama will be in town ;-)

I go to CCM about 90% of the time.  So far I haven't missed one in 2012.

Olatunji Oboi Reed said:

hey James - yep, we thought about that also. and we decided to end at 31st beach because of the new marina and other new construction work that was recently completed. its truly an awesome beach and new marina with alot of cool, new features for kids and adults alike. will you be joining us? if so, look forward to meeting you in person.

James BlackHeron said:

So the post-ride ride will be from 31st street beach back to Wicker/Bucktown/Logan Square where 80%+ of CCM riders actually live...

thats awesome! i love CCM. just got home last week after being in Brazil for 6 months. this is one of the things i looked forward to upon my return to chicago. 

James BlackHeron said:

I go to CCM about 90% of the time.  So far I haven't missed one in 2012.

Olatunji Oboi Reed said:

hey James - yep, we thought about that also. and we decided to end at 31st beach because of the new marina and other new construction work that was recently completed. its truly an awesome beach and new marina with alot of cool, new features for kids and adults alike. will you be joining us? if so, look forward to meeting you in person.

James BlackHeron said:

So the post-ride ride will be from 31st street beach back to Wicker/Bucktown/Logan Square where 80%+ of CCM riders actually live...

precisely!

James BlackHeron said:

If you like getting tazed and/or pepper-sprayed...

Olatunji Oboi Reed said:

that would be awesome. wait...then again...

h' said:

Hopefully Obama will be in town ;-)

hey Anne - agreed! we test rode the route yesterday. and it promises to be a very beautiful ride indeed...

Anne Alt said:

I'll second that thought on 31st St. beach - it's a beauty.  What's wrong with the whole ride going south once in a while?  A change of scenery isn't a bad thing.

Olatunji Oboi Reed said:

hey James - yep, we thought about that also. and we decided to end at 31st beach because of the new marina and other new construction work that was recently completed. its truly an awesome beach and new marina with alot of cool, new features for kids and adults alike. will you be joining us? if so, look forward to meeting you in person.

James BlackHeron said:

So the post-ride ride will be from 31st street beach back to Wicker/Bucktown/Logan Square where 80%+ of CCM riders actually live...

I remember the ride to Bronzeville a few years back. Post ride indeed.

James BlackHeron said:

I go to CCM about 90% of the time.  So far I haven't missed one in 2012.

Olatunji Oboi Reed said:

hey James - yep, we thought about that also. and we decided to end at 31st beach because of the new marina and other new construction work that was recently completed. its truly an awesome beach and new marina with alot of cool, new features for kids and adults alike. will you be joining us? if so, look forward to meeting you in person.

James BlackHeron said:

So the post-ride ride will be from 31st street beach back to Wicker/Bucktown/Logan Square where 80%+ of CCM riders actually live...

Some people like bus fumes, so who knows...

James BlackHeron said:

If you like getting tazed and/or pepper-sprayed...

Olatunji Oboi Reed said:

that would be awesome. wait...then again...

h' said:

Hopefully Obama will be in town ;-)

Are these neighborhoods safe to bike though?

is that a joke?

this is a great map.  I was planning on skipping this month's ride, but it'll be so refreshing to actually end up closer to my house for once.   who's in for the post ride to the south?

hey Adam - very interesting question. and i have to take this question seriously, as you gave no indication that this was a joke. yes, these neighborhoods are safe to bike. i am a proud native southsider and i've rode my bike throughout the southside for years (late nights included) and had only beautiful and pleasant experiences. of course, you realize that safety is a consideration for the entire city and certainly not limited to the southside. we should always be conscious of our safety. and we took that into consideration when planning the route, naturally. the route is beautiful with rich historical significance for the entire city and all people. during our test ride we were greeted with waves, smiles, and hellos. this is going to be an awesome ride and the more positive energy the better. if you'd like to chat in more detail about your question, please send me a message on here or contact me at theycallmeoboi at gmail dot com. thanks for the question and trust all is well for you! - Oboi

Adam Herstein said:

Are these neighborhoods safe to bike though?

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