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September, 2008 Ride

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Hey....I'm just throwing this out there.



Report from the September, 2008 Ride:

Ok, listen. You can say that I'm just trying to be selfish or whatever, but I swear I think this would be a good idea for a route. What we've gotta do is take the mass up north to my apartment in Roger's Park where we will protest to my land lord until he agrees to repair the buzzer on my front door. I believe that the hundreds within the mass can achieve what I alone could not.


Halloween CM Bike Ride to meet up with Halsted Halloween Parade!!



Report from the September, 2008 Ride:

How about a great idea! Let's make a route map to join up with the Halsted/Boystown Halloween Parade taking place the same day as our ride this month! What a Spooktacular Happening! ;)

The parade starts around 7p...if we made a route with big main roads on the way up there, we could get there in time and be a part of it!

Whaddya say, folks? Let's do it, in costume, of course!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! ;)


Riding my bike on LSD was a real treat!



Report from the September, 2008 Ride:

Me and my Buddy met at Daley Plaza for September's Ride expecting just your average Critical Mass gathering, but were we in for a surprise.
Things started off as usual, a few laps, a ride through downtown and then some confusion set in around Kingsbury. The front of the mass broke from the back. We got to Daley Plaza late and didn't know there was a map. And in front things seemed chaotic with no direction. First, I thought, not another north side ride. Secondly, we barely got out of downtown and the ride already seemed doomed.
But I soon realized there was a method to this madness. There was gonna be a protest. We all massed up and made our way to the North Ave. bridge to protest the new bridge not having bike lanes.
It was a beautiful sense of community as the sun set and we closed down North Ave Bridge. I finally got to see the dude, with the bike that looks like it's got a metal hullahop around it, flip it 360 degrees and continue riding. What a madman. Things were definitely
looking up.
We continued on to Wicker Park, pulled a whirlwind at Damen and North. Next we hit Lincoln Pk and then I started hearing, " let's ride onto Lakeshore Drive!"
I didn't think it was possible but I kept my hopes up that we would.
We headed towards Belmont and went east towards the LSD entrance. And before I knew it we were riding our bikes on Lakeshore Drive. What an exhilarating feeling. I've ridin LSD during the triatholon but that was sanctioned. But to do it illegally and at night was awesome. We were up front and at first we contained ourselves to one lane but soon branched out to three lanes. It was scary and fun as hell, with cars speeding by and seeing the confusion and anger on drivers faces.
Two cop cars came up on us and I thought we were gonna get arrested but the cops just continued on. But the cop cars were enough to scare most people off the drive.
About 50 of us continued on towards the Illinois exit to Navy Pier. The remaining of us, with the courage to continue riding, even with the threat of arrest was an amazing feeling. We ended up closing off all four lanes of traffic and I think I may have pee'd myself.
In the end we made it to Navy Pier all safe and sound and had a dance party. About a half hour later the riders who bailed started trickling in and they looked beat, ashamed and scared. But we felt invincible.
I'll never forget this night for as long as I live


Severly Disappointed by the Disrespectful Bike Riders



Report from the September, 2008 Ride:

Hi all - I am an avid bike rider and I do not own a car. About 75% of my friends are the same way. One of these particular friends had borrowered her boyfriends car for errands that required a vehicle last Friday night. She entered the intersection of Clybourn and Cortland to be stopped by the Critical Mass bike rally. The bikes stopped coming and the light was green, so they moved forward through the intersection. Bikers started coming again, so she stopped. Her car was stopped next to an older gentleman in a BMW.

Bikers rode past their cars, screaming "Happy Friday", which she was ecstatic about. However, several bikes started to gather around the BMW and stopped riding. They were leaning their bikes up against his car and talking smack to the old man. He asked them nicely to stop touching and denting his car, and the guys starting yelling at him "What are you going to do now old man?", "Way to pollute the air!". A woman approached her car and started screaming at her through her window. My friend ignored the woman and started yelling at the bikers around the old man's car "Please leave him alone - he didn't mean any harm". My friend was concerned about the old man, who at that point had about 15 people around his car (ignoring the woman who was harrasing her). In the end, the police ended up coming and handcuffing some of the bikers.

Long story short - we all think that bikers are great, and agree in their cause. However, there are certain rules of public respect and decency that need to be upheld. At any time, there should not be harrassment, whether physical or verbal, of any humans in Chicago. That is not the way to get your point across.


Pictures from the Ride on September 26, 2008



Report from the September, 2008 Ride:

Great Ride! My first in Chicago, just moved from SF. Great to see so many bikers rallying and raising bike awareness. Check out my pics on flickr (flickr set includes videos, too).

cheers,
chad


Great Ride to a Point



Report from the September, 2008 Ride:

As usual I got a tremendous amount of fun out of the ride and the people involved. Met a few regulars at Daley and had some good conversation. The only blemishes on the night that I saw were an SUV and bike smash up at one point and a smashed out car window at Fullerton/Halsted and Lincoln. I only hope that tempers would not be fueled to the point of violence like the two incidences that I saw. Other than that the North Ave. bridge scene was breathtaking as we got there just at sunset. Nice vibe at North and Damen also. I had to say adios as some decided to take on LSD. I choose the bike path from Belmont back downtown and I hope no one was hurt up on the Drive. I did see at least two squads after a few minutes went by, however I didn't see if you were all shutdown up there or what...Looking forward to the costumes at the Halloween ride and I will miss you all until then...Peace and Regards...


Pics from the last daylight ride of the year



Report from the September, 2008 Ride:

My pics are posted here A very festive ride. Thanks to all the cyclists with music machines, especially Alex for leading the beginning and Todd for making a map.


My First Ride



Report from the September, 2008 Ride:

Before i write about this months Mass, i would like to make one suggestion to all the mapmakers out there...MAKE YOUR MAPS CIRCULAR...heres a few reasons why:

1.) Metra Stations, El Stations, Millennium Park, and countless Restaurants are close by
2.) The people in the back will ultimately know where they will end up!
3.)It will show the people of the city that we are still riding, because we leave, and never come back, but what if they saw, that hours later, we are still biking, and guess how much gas we used :)
4.) Its a party! Music playing in the plaza, even the beginning of the mass is very enjoyable, why not end the same way
5. it would be great to be able to sit down, and have some coffee or tea with the new people that ive met on this voyage...

its just a suggestion :)

anyways, to the story!

I was VERY hesitant to attend this months Critical Mass, as i dont know the city at all, and i didnt want to get lost, and i had nobody to go with...so i sit there at the platform wondering if i should hop on or not...

the next thing i know, im in a giant group of bikers, flooding the streets of chicago, shouting "HAPPY FRIDAY!" to smiling pedestrians, and waving and whooping at honking drivers.

The funny thing is i just found out about the mass a few days ago.

but thats not it, we stopped, and stood on a bridge in protest, we rode in a circle and thrusted our bikes in the air at the North/Damon intersection, We cheered as we proceeded through all types of neighborhoods.

All this, on a BMX bike, with pants too big, and flipflops, and a hurt toe (shouldnt have stopped short with my foot off the pedal...) and i was having a great time.

however, the worst part about not knowing anything about Chicago, is when your falling behind in a giant mass of people as they speed across Lake Shore Drive, i was in the back, being honked at by cars...though it was great to move up the ramp, as people called me crazy, and one person said to me "YOU and the rest of these people are PIONEERS. Good Luck." which was hilarious...but In the end, the mass fell apart, and i was alone, but the nice workers and guards of Chicago (no thanks to the people at the bus stop, who claimed that they had "No clue" what Ogilvie, Millennium Park, OR The Loop was...) helped me get to where i wanted to go.

in the end, it was an AMAZING day, thanks to all the people that laughed and screamed with me.

-Nate


Happy cyclist, raging cars.



Report from the September, 2008 Ride:

I went head to foot in the mass repeatedly, the entire trek from Daley Plaza to stragglers ending at Navy Pier, and what I saw was a mass with spirit, and an unusually high number of egotistic self-centered entitled Neanderthals raging from cars.

Don't give too much weight to the same kind of scattered opposition flak reflecting mostly on the giver that any such event would get. Most problem cagers I've seen are probably predictably inconsiderate or assholes, whether they were in a car or not. Closed minded, inflexible, with anger issues or socially challenged in some other way which cannot be addresses on the sane plane.

Whatever blah blah blah caveman crap the rager cagers spew, all I hear is fading echos of a dead culture's ghost's impotent chain rattling. Sorry mister wheezing dinosaur, you'll have to wait fifteen minutes while the future passes you by.
If one needs to start beating their chest about how much more important they are than a thousand cyclists, then they've actively demanded a lesson in cause and effect.

The mass IS the collective of a thousand influences, and its character cannot be summarized. But frankly, if you want a Sunday tea ride, that is not CCM.
Franker still, we manifest an inevitable future that status quo will inherently resist. However well meaning, we become an unintentional front line, and there will be casualties. Accept it, mitigate it, but give no comfort nor coddling nor patience to crazies. Personally, I thank the few who take the fight further than I.

For me, no more apologies, nor compromise, nor second guessing nor self doubt. Any leeway we give, angry cagers have proven they will take and abuse and demand more. I feel the mass displays a fine balance of peace and defense, and I don't see that we're reaching for anything more than the cars already have. Blame the traffic reports for not getting a clue after eleven years. Blame driver stress. Blame oil addiction. But don't blame yourself nor the mass.

Keep perspective:
1. Driver anger is their problem. They should be grateful we're not more radical.
2. Auto-culture is Mr. Burns, CCM is Lisa.
3. We create a MAGICAL event taking only a few hours a month, add color to the city, and give hours of wonderment to thousands. A few minutes of pissing contests and scrapes for a few is a fair price. Life is not risk free.
4. I'd venture that our monthly inconvenience and injuries caused is vastly less than any single pro sports team home game.

Andrew Bedno
WNBR-C coordinator / The skater guy.


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