Next ride: Friday, July 31
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balloons to the rescue



Report from the September, 2007 Ride:

I had a great time creating balloon helmets in the plaza before we left. They are really actually pretty easy to make and if you ever want to get people to smile...well, having a helmet that extends 4 feet beyond your head is great. Anyway, the mass was pretty slow at first, but I had a great time getting my picture taken and giving people high fives. While we were stuck on Michigan some tourists got in the picture with us. I also enjoyed being a landmark for people trying to find each other within the mass.

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As a newbie I always Cork at least once



Report from the September, 2007 Ride:

My cork was at Wells and Ontario (I believe...rather blurry...we went there, right?) and immediately some Jag In The Bag got half way out (chicken wimp) of his SUV and started yelling. The other corkers cooled him out, however the next "act" was a total insane guy with his little blonde daughter in tow screaming "I have to get my daughter to the opera, I have to get my daughter to the opera". He went on to say that "you are hurting her and making her cry". When this started happening I moved over to their side of the cork and he yelled the usual obsenities at me (BFD). A few moments later a female rider with a baseball cap on that from my original distance I thought she was a guy (she was very cool and cute after I met her further along the ride) rides up to this scene. The guys starts screaming at her and then punches her in the head. At that point his daughter is crying and I called in a 911. A paddy wagon flew by us, however a few bike cops came up aggressively and just started yelling move it along. I thought that the guy was in a cab, however the girl told me later that he came from a car. License plate number anybody? There will be a record of my 911 call...Just a comment about this idiot of a father. Why mess with physical abuse when mental abuse is so much more lasting. He hurt his daughter in many ways that he is too stupid to realize. What a fool!!


Cork, Sprint, Rinse, Repeat



Report from the September, 2007 Ride:

So I spent the mass sprinting to the front, then corking until the rear hit. I corked 6 times.
Cork 1: Michigan Ave & Walton Dr.
I had 3 tanks edging up on me the entire time. One was a very disgruntled land rover that really wanted someone to ruin that pretty paint job. A police officer was helping me on this cork. I didn't catch the officer's name, but he was a really nice guy. He told me he thought it was a good idea and all, as long as people don't go all crazy and get excited and fight.
Cork 2: Through the insanity, I forgot to look at street signs, but the left turn after the right turn leaving Michigan Ave
This was a bit more interesting, 2 cars were in mid-intersection, where the same police officer as in cork 1 was corking, and there was a car on the other lane looking intent, but was easily subdued. This intersection proved interesting, the officer asked me to take over his cork, and left. Once he left, I had 2 people coming out of their cars and asking me to move, or trying to move other bicycles. I was a bit disappointed in the other corkers (about 5 or so) that were focused on the traffic in the other direction when I was trying to hold 2 lanes back. Thankfully one of the Rat Pack helped me out with the most badical chopper i've seen (and probably the most manly-to-steer as well). That bike pretty much covered both lanes, so I was able to focus on the trouble. One of the motorists was out and about in the intersection trying to get corkers to move out of the way, and was also getting in the way of other cyclists, but he eventually realized his weak position and retired to his tank.
Cork 3: Armitage and I-90
There was one car that decided to turn illegally, and was caught in mid-stride by the mass. They seemed concerned that they were doing something wrong, but I corked them and made them sit in the steaming pile of shame they created. They weren't happy. Additionally there were a few over-sized Stupid Useless Vehicles that looked a bit menacing but had turned off their lights by the time I had gotten there.
Cork 4: Diversey and Sheffield
This was a brief cork, and really not much happened. Some crazy lady 4 cars back came and told me she had a screaming child. I told her to convince the cab that had to have 2 corkers to go the other way, and I'd let her follow him. She wasn't pleased, but there was no way I was going to give the cab an inch. Towards the end of the mass I moved a little and he tried pushing through me. At that point some people helped me hold him.
Cork 5: Beginning of Lincoln Park
I helped again here, not for long, and the only thing were a few overzealous yuppies in expensive cars wanting to pick fights with the mass.
Cork 6: Midway through Lincoln Park
I started this cork at about 3/4 mass, but I held back drivers coming from North Lagoon Drive (?). This was memorable because one of the yuppies from cork 5 had been in hot pursuit of the mass and provoked a cyclist into a fight. A quick yell of "Your the last one, lets go!" got the bicyclist re-focused and let the mass move on. We at the tail though had to spread out to prevent the disgruntled motorists behind from trying to blindly bowl past us and hit riders in front.

All and all an interesting mass, I enjoyed it!

Now lets everyone dress like Chicago's Finest for the next ride and show our appreciation for the CPD!


Long Live The Mass so See Ya Later This Month



Report from the September, 2007 Ride:

The first route (orange piece of paper) looked good and the second route (smaller piece of paper) would not have been my choice, however not a deal breaker. The rogue marching band ride going no where in particular was more like a bike walk than a ride. With that kind of ride the police really just had a field day with us. Eventually just pushing us in to no man's land.


Funky soul mix...



Report from the September, 2007 Ride:

In celebration of 10 years of CCM, I have put together a mix called The Revolution Will Not Be Motorized.

Blog Link:

http://cratedig.blogspot.com/2007/09/revolution-will-not-be-motorized.html

Direct Link:

http://www.zshare.net/audio/3644191aae59e8/

Enjoy!


OCTOBER CRITICAL MASS WILL BE GRAND FINALE FOR CHICAGO LIVING



Report from the September, 2007 Ride:

Last Mass My Ass! Committee
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On Friday evening, the ride passed into the final stages of dementia, becoming unable to care for itself, slowly making its way to Rosehill Cemetery. There, it died, trading in its bike for a wheelchair. Or so the story goes …

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see ya next month....



Report from the September, 2007 Ride:

with all the hype of being the 10th anniversary and the 'last' ccm the whole thing ended up being a bit too crowded with non-regular riders and a bit too disjointed. not a good route for a mass of that size. obviously, it was still the funnest thing i did this month....

of course, as far as i'm concerned, the ccm is anarchy and just cuz somebody called it the 'last' doesn't mean we won't be back in daley next month. of course we will. see ya then.


CCM RIP



Report from the September, 2007 Ride:

Obituary
Chicago Critical Mass
1997 - 2007

Chicago Critical Mass, a contentious monthly bike ride that indelibly
changed the streets of the City, passed away Friday evening after
suffering a long decline.

The Chicago Critical Mass Delay Plaza Rides were born in 1997 as a
demonstration which brought out 150 cyclists with the goal of affirming cyclists' right to the road. Over the years, the ride steadily grew,
routinely turning out thousands of riders and paving the way for
numerous citywide bike-friendly reforms, including:

--the establishment of a network of 100 miles of on-street bike lanes
anthe installation of 10,000 bike racks, more than any city in the
United States;
--permitting bicycles on Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) trains and
equipping their fleet of 2,000 buses with racks that carry bikes.
--re-electing bicycle advocate Mayor Richard M. Daley to a 6th term by a margin greater than 70 percent.

Critical Mass began showing signs of decline several years ago,
beginning with recurring bouts of irritability, forgetfulness, and
self-destructive behavior. Some believe alcohol may have played a role in the ride's demise.

On Friday evening, the ride passed into the final stages of dementia,
becoming unable to care for itself, as thousands of riders limped
through the the loop and Chicago's near north side, often unable to
even mount and pedal their bicycles. The Chicago Police stepped in, blocking traffic, redirecting wandering participants, and attempting to keep the ride on course as the somber, wounded procession slowly made its way to Rosehill Cemetery.

Chicago Critical Mass is survived by the Pilsen, Evanston, Oak Park,
and Wicker Park Critical Masses; Chicago Bike Winter; and Cycling Sisters.
Chicago Ghost Bikes is planning an installation of a memorial bike on
October 5th at 8 P.M. at the intersection of Armitage and Kedzie.


Good people, good ride...



Report from the September, 2007 Ride:

Thanks to all who made the 10th anniversary ride a blast. Great to see people helping out the few people who took a spill - thankfully also no major injuries.

It's a shame we didn't follow any of the true maps - the routes looked great! Circling Wrigley would have been a blast, too bad we got denied Clark. LSD was within our grasp too, so close, yet so far...

Pics and a short vid below (I assure you, I didn't dub in the overplayed Green Day, it was coming out of someone's sound system!)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tfish/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9ZOxUSIb8c


some photos, and a video..



Report from the September, 2007 Ride:

i thought it went remarkably well considering the size of the throng

http://www.flickr.com/gp/9149407@N05/00i35S

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4Z27yJjnOg

good times!
its a shame its all over now..
thank you CCM for the memories..


Fun, despite some attitudes



Report from the September, 2007 Ride:

I rode in Critical Mass for my first time last night at the 10th anniversary ride. I've been a longtime supporter of the mass but haven't had an opportunity (or bike) to ride with the group until this time around. It was surreal, exhilarating, and tons of fun to ride with the group! There were some slow times and thin times, but otherwise it was a great ride and I'd be happy to do it again. I hope that Critical Mass lives on. I wished many a pedestrian and motorist a Happy Friday.

That said, I was given some major attitude by a few members of Critical Mass for no apparent reason. Someone told me that I didn't "deserve the shirt" (the 10th anniversary shirt) that was GIVEN to me by someone, I didn't ask for it. I wore it proudly because I was happy to be part of the group and, like I said, wished many people a Happy Friday. I even corked one intersection. But apparently I'm not good enough to "deserve the shirt" according to some of you, and that really put a damper on my night. I'm still think about it now, and it bothers me.

If there's any single reason why I would hesitate to participate again, it would be that.

Otherwise, I had a great time and will continue to support Critical Mass (even if that means from afar), despite apparently being unwelcome by some.


anti-climactic ?



Report from the September, 2007 Ride:

It was weird when we didn't circle the plaza. I was kinda looking forward to that , but I guess the addition of the marching band necessitated them just leaving the plaza so that they could stay out infront. So right off the bat the mass was a bit disjointed. When I decided that the mass was leaving and I should catach them, the plaza still had a lot of ppl in it. I have mixed feeling about not circling, but I thought it was stupid to choose to leave from the south west corner. I think that is why the main plaza was still full, you couldn't really see what was going on. There are 2 other high visibility corners that would have been a better idea to leave from. If this was the only faux-pas of the ride I think we could have recovered from that but, then on michigan we came to a stop. When i finally got to the front I saw no marching band (did the ride get split?) and that the cops had blocked us from going south to let cars cross michigan for a good 10 minutes or so. After they finally let us continue the ride seemed really confused. Many narrow one-way downtown streets where I walked more then biked. Then onto narrow grated(eek i hate those things) bridges where I walked more until the ride fanned out on the other side. Now i was riding faster then i usually ride in a mass, which was very thin and slightly dangerous. Cars poking through. massers not corking well (partially due i think to ppl trying to play catch-up, and partially due to confusion me thinks). Then while going west (i think) on North ave, at one intersection there seemed to be a bunch of bikes joining us from the north. did we get split up?

here's to october being a bit tighter. and with more "happy fridays" (again around me there were very few ppl actually saying that, and sometimes giving me weird looks when i would. whats up with that?)


Too young to die



Report from the September, 2007 Ride:

My wife and I are daily bicycle commuters and do not own a car. We live a car-free lifestyle but are neither preachy nor political about it. She had never seen or participated in a CCM ride, and I had not participated since 1998. We both had come to agree with the conclusion that CCM had grown too big for its britches and that it was counter-productive to the overall effort to get more people out of their cars. Until last night.

We were downtown later than we normally would on a work day, and on the way back to our offices, we were at Kinzie and Dearborn when came upon the CCM ride heading north. (Dude on the Bianchi single-speed who cut off the driver in the Infiniti -- you were awesome!) We watched the entire show roll by. We stood there in our day-job outfits, wishing we were on our bikes or could somehow show the riders that we were one of them. We watched the entire ride pass and then returned to our offices to get our bikes to head home.

Thanks to CPD's efforts to divert the ride off Michigan Avenue, we ended up in the thick of the ride on Chicago, heading west. We ended up joining the ride, reluctantly at first, but eventually really enjoying the pace, the music, the costumes and the stares from onlookers. One of the enduring images in my life will be standing on the bridge at Division and looking back at the swarm of cyclists behind me, cowbells and dance music in my ears.

My wife and I hope this isn't the last CCM. Clearly, even people who are already car-free can get something from these events. Keep it up. CCM has two more supporters.

Jerry and Natalie
Logan Square


R.I.P.



Report from the September, 2007 Ride:

Palmer Square was ours! The head of the animal was ready to chew off its own tail -- we had the whole square massed-in. Seeing the beast in its entirety was a vision I will never forget for so long as I tell this story. Thank you CCMX planners, Mucca Pazza, Chicago Police Department, National Lawyers Guild, and all who gleefully rode in our 10th Anniversary Ride. In my heart, CCM Rides In Peace.


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Ride Flyers:

CCM Map September 2007 (v. c)



Designed by John Greenfield for the September, 2007 Ride
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CCM Map September 2007 (v. b)



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CCM Map September 2007 (v. a)



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Our baby is growing up...college tour 2007



Designed by notlastmass for the September, 2007 Ride

In honor of Chicago Critical Mass’s 10th birthday, lets start thinking about its future. Before we know it our tween will be applying to college. It’s time to check out some fine Chicago Institutions of Higher Learning

Download: schooltour2007.pdf

CCMX: The Vélorution Tour 09/2007



Designed by Steven Lane for the September, 2007 Ride

Coming out of Delay Plaza for ten years, it seems only natural to take a tour of some of the biggest hold-ups ever recorded in Chicago Critical Mass herstory. We start our trip right by taking LSD north for a magnificant mile of roadway running through Grant Park. This may be our last chance to bike the drive through the park; the Chicago Department of Depaving plans to have three miles of Lake Shore Drive removed to restore Grant Park in time for the Burnham Centennial Celebration in 2009.

After more Vélorutionary touring through the westside, we will end at the Pilsen Art Walk and pay our respects to the Cesar Chavez Community Garden, which is in danger of being turned into a parking lot. ¿Will our work ever be done? Help SAVE A GARDEN!

Afterwards you can grab a tamale from a street vendor, or get some tator tots at Skylark, and there will still be plenty of time to tour galleries and artist's lofts.

Sounds like a HAPPY FRIDAY to me ;^)

Download: CCMXvelorutiontour_09-2007.jpg

CCMX: 4 Happy Fridays



Designed by Steven Lane for the September, 2007 Ride

This is not a map, but it points to 4 Fridays of bike fun celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Chicago Critical Mass rides coming out of Delay Plaza. We start off by getting back to our roots while celebrating a new beginning; the Wicker Park Critical Mass kicks off Friday September 7.

Email Flier, download and send to all your friends

3up PDF, download to print and pass out to strangers

Download: CCMX_4Fridays_3upflier.pdf
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