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Comment by Olatunji Oboi Reed on October 13, 2014 at 4:24pm

Here's a cool article about Slow Roll Chicago that was posted today online:

It's over on the website and is written by Wendell Hutson. Thanks much! Slow Roll Chicago... ‪#‎SlowRollCHI‬
Comment by Olatunji Oboi Reed on October 10, 2014 at 3:17am

Comment by Olatunji Oboi Reed on October 3, 2014 at 4:56am

Peace All,

The details for our next ride is in the post below this one. And, here is the Facebook link:

I am waiting for the event to be approved here on Chainlink. Once it is approved, I will post the link to the ride here. 

Thanks everyone!


Comment by Olatunji Oboi Reed on October 2, 2014 at 9:48pm


An Interactive Bicycle Tour of the Historic Pullman & Greater Roseland Neighborhoods

In Partnership with The New Light of the World Ministries 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

9am Meet & Greet
10am Ride 

Starting Point: 
The New Light of the World Ministries 
10807 S. Wentworth Ave., Chicago 
Light refreshments available, donation suggested 

Tour Features: 
Chicago State University 
A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum 
Pullman State Historic Site 

Lunch in the Beverly neighborhood 
at approximately 1:30pm: 

Hearty Cafe Pancake House & Restaurant 
9623 S. Western Ave., Chicago
We ride again to celebrate history. We ride again to create community. We ride in Roseland, Roseland Heights, and Rosemoor. We ride in the Pullman neighborhood. We ride to explore a vibrant history of the historic Pullman community. We ride to live the dynamic history of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters with origins in Pullman, Southside, Chicago. We ride to explore their legacy on the Civil Rights Movement as well as the Labor Rights Movement in the US. We ride to experience the beautifully textured Southside of Chicago, the history, culture, people, communities, organizations, architecture, and beauty. This is why we ride. 

Slow Roll Chicago is a community-based organization utilizing the activity of bicycling to connect a diverse group of people and improve the condition of communities by organizing community bicycle rides and other bicycling-related programs throughout the greater Chicago area. Slow Roll Chicago works to achieve equity in bicycle access, bicycle usage, bicycle infrastructure, bicycle safety, bicycle culture, and other bicycle-related resources in Chicago with particular focus on communities on the Southside and Westside, making our communities healthier, more empowered, more economically viable, more socially cohesive, more bikeable, and ultimately more liveable. 
Comment by Olatunji Oboi Reed on September 27, 2014 at 10:11pm

Peace Slow Rollers - The Slow Roll Chicago E-mail Newsletter is launching soon. Click the link below to sign up. Thanks Slow Rollers...

Comment by Olatunji Oboi Reed on September 27, 2014 at 10:10pm

Hey Lisa - Thanks much, dearly appreciate your kind words. We ride again on the morning of Sat, Oct 18th on the Southside. And, our last ride of the season will be the afternoon of Sat, Nov 15th on the Westside. Will post details soon. Look forward to riding with you soon...

Comment by Lisa Curcio on September 27, 2014 at 9:25pm

Oboi, I like this movement!  Looking forward to hearing about the next Slow Roll ride!

Comment by Olatunji Oboi Reed on September 27, 2014 at 5:45pm

Hey Bob - Awesome, thanks for posting!

Comment by Bob Kastigar on September 27, 2014 at 2:34pm

'Slow Roll' cyclists aim to revive neighborhoods

As Oboi Reed and Jamal Julien weaved their bikes around parked cars and potholes Thursday in Chatham, a woman on the sidewalk called out, "Y'all are riding in the street?"

Julien chuckled.

With no place to lock up a bike on that stretch of 79th Street — much less bike lanes or a Divvy station — he could see why the woman would find it odd. The two avid cyclists remember biking out of necessity as children in their South Side neighborhood, but it wasn't until decades later, once they had moved, that they were reintroduced to biking as a hobby.

"It's not viewed as transportation, it's viewed as entertainment, like something that kids do," Julien said.

Starting on Saturday, Reed, 41, and Julien, 39, are determined to bring recreational biking to neighborhoods like Chatham when they lead Chicago's first "slow roll," a growing biking movement in which groups of bicyclists leisurely coast through struggling communities before rallying to support a local business.

The phenomenon began in Detroit in 2010 as a way to buck negative perceptions of neighborhoods while encouraging revitalization. Reed and Julien hope to bring the same energy to the city's South and West sides when they hold a soft launch of Slow Roll Chicago at 9 a.m. Saturday at Fleck's Coffee Co., 343 E. 79th St.

"The perception on the outside is that (in Chatham), it's bullets whizzing past your head," said Reed, a Roosevelt University student who lives in the South Loop. "But when you get over here you notice these are just regular people who shop, go to school, raise kids, just like anybody else.

"We want people to turn these neighborhoods into livable communities where they feel safe walking, biking, enjoying the neighborhood without the feeling of, 'If I go outside I'm not going to be safe.'"

Oboi Reed, left, and Jamal Julien ride down 79th St. in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood as they plan a route for Saturday's inaugural Slow Roll Chicago bicycle ride. (Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune)


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