Next ride: Friday, December 27
Critical Mass Links:
- Break the Gridlock is a Chicago-based organization dedicated to supporting Chicago area grass roots groups whose goals help promote appropriate transportation and reducing dependence on automobiles. Break The Gridlock is Chicago's only bicycle advocacy group advocating for bikes with a message that there's too many cars in Chicago.
- bikechicago.info - Many more bike links.
- Active Transportation Alliance - The mission of Active Transportation Alliance is to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. We advocate for transportation that encourages and promotes safety, physical activity, health, recreation, social interaction, equity, environmental stewardship and resource conservation.
- The Chain Link - "The chainlink is a one-stop resource for chicago cyclists to find rides and routes, share information and connect with other cyclists." (founded 2767 members as of 2009Q4, 4709 as of 2011q1)
- Chicagoland Bicycling Group ("CBG" meetup) - "Casual Rides for fun all over the Chicagoland area. See great neighborhoods, beautiful scenery and meet great people too!" (founded 2003, 1272 members as of 2009Q4, 1400 as of 2011q1)
- Bike Winter - With the proper gear and a little determination, you can continue to enjoy bicycling year round. Add in the camaraderie of hundreds of riders and dozens of exciting events and you've got Bike Winter!
Each winter, bicyclists in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, and now Ann Arbor, MI! hold events to promote winter bike riding. By taking part in Bike Winter, you will have the opportunity to have fun, socialize with other cyclists, and learn winter biking skills.
- West Town Bikes is a community bicycle learning workshop. WTB offers bicycle mechanics workshops, youth programs and special events to members of the community. WTB is also used as a creative workspace for special bicycle building, utilitarian human powered design, kinetic art, advocacy projects and all sorts of constructive creation. WTB is proud to have become a hub of bicycle activity in Chicago!
- Working Bikes is a not-for-profit cooperative which diverts bicycles from the waste stream in Chicago by repairing them for sale and charity. All its operations are funded through the sale of bicycles at its storefront. Working Bikes uses that money to provide bicycles to charity organizations within Chicagoland and to ship bicycles to the Gulf Coast, Cuba, Guatemala, Ecuador, and many other places of need.
- The Chicago Community Bike Project is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization dedicated to bicycling self-sufficiency for communities and individuals. Bikes are socially, environmentally and physically the healthiest and most efficient means of urban transportation; bikes improve everyone's quality of life. Knowing how to fix and maintain one's own bike makes bicycling an affordable and empowering transportation option; DIY improves everyone's quality of bike.
- Auto Show Shutdown - First staged in 1999, the Chicago Auto Show SHUTDOWN Festival is the largest auto show counter-propaganda event in North America and has been held more times than any other anti-auto exposition on the continent. 2011 marks the 12th edition of the festival.
- World Naked Bike Ride - World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is an international clothing-optional bike (or other person powered) event where participants ride en masse for the dual purpose of bringing attention to people powered transport and promoting positive body image. For a great overview see WikiPedia. The event is bare-as-you-dare; anything from body paint to underwear to fanciful costumes are encouraged. Due to legal restrictions in Chicago, full frontal nudity is at your own risk, but large numbers of participants do go all out. Large-scale body painting is typically available pre-ride, and personal expression is encouraged. Cyclists familiar with Critical Mass (which is massive in Chicago) can simply see this as a special clothing optional additional June mass.
- The UIC College of Cycling is a group of UIC students, faculty, and staff coming together to promote the use of bicycles for transportation.
- Northeastern Illinois University Bike Club
- The Recyclery is a community bike project based in South Evanston.
People Powered Links:
- Carbusters - Carbusters Magazine is published four times a year by the World Carfree Network and produced by an international activist team in Prague, Czech Republic. It is a 32-page print magazine critiquing our society's car culture and exploring positive alternatives. Carbusters aims to serve as both an information source and a call to action, providing a full range of content from direct action skills to the latest research developments, feature articles on topics ranging from Driving as Addiction to Ecocity Visions, world news and even cartoons poking fun at the car and oil industries.
- Chicago Skater THE social network for Chicago area skaters. Serving inline skaters, quads, boarders, scooters, all people powered wheel fun beyond bikes since 1998.