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Did anyone else doing Late Ride on Saturday see a group of people on bikes wearing black masks?  I heard one of them yelling at the group as we went past, seemingly mocking us for participating.

Anyone know what they were protesting and/or trying to get across?


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So is this now a dress code?

dan brown said:
sounds

Martin Hazard said:
Indead, .....snip>>........ we don't exist because we don't charge $, and are not sanctioned by the city.

Hmmmm...sounds like a Phantom group to me. Do they ever leave a trace, or do they more or less
function like ninjas ???
oop looks like the Marauders highjacked this guys discussion
Proponent means advocate more or less and with that he is correct. Biking isn't their primary concern. They certainly are not anti-bike though- I don't think anyone is implying that.

I think a Velodrome would be a great idea. Just not over any existing park space. Let's lobby the city to build a velodrome in the middle of Daley Plaza!
lol i think those would be the masked marauder club. not sure what they're about. but i definitely saw a bunch of them at the LATE ride with a bottle of jack in their hands.
"but i definitely saw a bunch of them at the LATE ride with a bottle of jack in their hands."

There's the proof!
I was burpin at 50 proof.

I've heard tell of these masked do-gooders. If you see them they are there to steal from the rich and give to the needy.
Perhaps you should offer to sit down with Erma and help her with some talking points.

Clark said:
H3N3 said:
...Friends of the Parks, is not a proponent of bicycle culture, although bicyclists' money clearly doesn't stink too badly to try to suck up once a year...


Friends of the Parks (FOP) are not anti-bike. Erma Tranter, FOP Executive Director, and many of her staff ride their bikes to work downtown on most days. FOP wants only that parkland in Chicago REMAIN parkland to the greatest extent possible, with few man-made intrusions.

Chicago has few parks that are NATURAL areas. Most of Chicago's parks are filled with plazas, ballfields, stadiums, fountains, statues, roads, bike paths, etc, etc. Sure maybe SOME people use these facilities. But for most of the year, they sit abandoned...and are eyesores, compared with the natural landscape of fields and forests that they replaced.

Friends of the Parks endorses the philosophy of the great landscape architects of the 19th century: Calvert Vaux and Fredrick Law Olmstead who believed that natural open space, with trees, grass, sun...nature, was an essential element in everyone's life. A recent article in the NYTimes has confirmed the health benefits of humans' contact with nature.

Vaux's, Olmstead's and FOP's philosophy is NOT furthered by a velodrome, bike path or sports stadium, no matter how popular. Why not tear down EXISTING buildings somewhere if we really want a velodrome or sports venue? Why encroach into the City's scarce and threatened open space? I'm sure Friends of the Parks would be happy to endorse a velodrome built on the parking lot of Soldier Field, or the brownfields around Lake Calumet...talk about well-located underutilized land.

Too many short-sighted people are willing to use our parks as building sites for any number of worthy-sounding projects. Encroachment ideas are continuous. I give generously to both Active Trans and Friends of the Parks because I want Chicago to be the best biking city it can be....but not at the expense of our parks.
EJ, was your question answered sufficiently?
Ooh Spencer you can pull that outfit off! ;-)

Ryan L said:
One of many clips I have from the ride.

I sound like such a dumbass when I'm drunk :(
Well looks like I will be gettin out my scissors and making more

Marty A. said:
So is this now a dress code?

dan brown said:
sounds

Martin Hazard said:
Indead, .....snip>>........ we don't exist because we don't charge $, and are not sanctioned by the city.

Hmmmm...sounds like a Phantom group to me. Do they ever leave a trace, or do they more or less
function like ninjas ???

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