I feel we have much to be heartened by in terms of biking. I see more people riding in Chicago than 5, even 2 years ago. Urban sprawl, auto-dependency are being covered in the mainstream media. Not often or well enough, but it's there. I just hope we can stay energized enough to prevent this movement from turning into a fad. If I ever propagate, I hope my grandchildren are glad we whittled away at carcentric culture. There will be a bunch of old timers who still insist on driving everywhere, but it will be considered uncool. Kids will be embarrassed when grandma insists on driving to the store. . . They will duck when riding in the car so their friends won't see them.
Chicago Critical Mass bike rides start from Daley Plaza, Dearborn & Washington at 5:30 pm on the last Friday of each month, regardless of season or weather. They are free and fun. All you have to do is show up with your bike. Learn more About CCM
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