Bicycle


Detroit on Two Wheels
Check out the ascendancy of bike culture in the “Car Capital” Detroit. The “Slow Roll” in Detroit is bringing new folks’ connections to bike riding. In cities across the US, government support is now joining with activist and advocacy groups in the investment in biking infrastructure (like designating shared and protected bike lanes) to support the new generations and growing ranks of bike users.

Enjoy this well-made video on Bike Culture in Detroit

Here are local grassroots free-access bike rides that you can get involved in in your city:

Critical Mass- Chicago
Slow Roll- Detroit
Critical Mass- San Francisco
Transportation Alternatives- New York
Pedal Dancer- Boulder

Thanks to NBC News for producing this excellent and well-made video documentary on the Slow Roll and biking culture in Detroit. Here are some stills from the documentary:

Flywheel Bike Shop Owner The Hub WheelBuilding

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Repair Your Bike / Find A Winter Coat / Thrift a Halloween Costume

West Town Bikes is a great neighborhood bike shop with a larger social service mission to empower individuals & youth to embrace biking and learn bike maintenance and repair, as a way of incorporating self-reliance and healthy, green transportation into our way of life. Join C3 trainee Kim Werst for her Women/Trans Open Shop Night Extravaganza at West Town Bikes. Bring some clothes to recycle and see if you can create a kickin’ Halloween costume.

Submitted by C3 trainee Kim Werst

This Saturday the kids are back: They are jumpin’ on bikes for the next…

KIDICAL MASS (bike ride)-

Palmer Square & Logan Square

Saturday June 12th

meetup at 10:30 / ride starts at 11:00am, ends around 12:30
start/end at the Palmer Square Bunny Playground  (map it)
3100 W. Palmer Boulevard (btwn Kedzie & Humboldt Blvds)

Also the Kidical Mass rides are featured in this week’s TimeOut Chicago where you can read a little more about the history of the group.

Tell yer friends; bring your bikes!


Kidical Mass Neighborhood Rides

Join the Kidical Mass for slow, easy-going, fun, group rides focused on kids (of all ages) and families that will tour various neighborhoods and parks. Playground play-time will be included on most rides at beginning and end of rides.
All ages welcome. Please wear helmets! Invite your friends to join us!

Parents-
Ride with your kids. (Bike trailers, Kid Seats & Add-a-bikes welcome for the little ones). Kids on their own bikes will stay together and explore the neighborhood and enjoy the fun, parade and spectacle of a group mass bike ride. Parents are required to accompany their children while tour guides lead the route and assist in navigating intersections and stopping points.
Riders are expected to wear helmets during the tour. Tours are free and open to the public.

Organized by E.O. members, Jason Greenberg & Todd Allen

Kids! Adults? Kidults!?!!

Join the Kidical Mass Ride

Saturday, March 20, 2010 from 9am to 10:30am

Nothings more fun that riding side by side with your kids on an exploring adventure using your bikes to see the city. The “Emerald Necklace” system of Chicago’s Boulevards provides an interconnected series of lush, landscaped bike routes throughout the neighborhoods that are especially safe and protective of kids. Their side access streets are physically separated from the primary flow of car traffic and move at a much slower pace (usually just local residents looking for parking spaces). And being at the sidewalk frontage they are a great way to connect with and see the local homes, shops, parks and people.

Quik Descrip: Slow easy going fun group ride for families, children of all ages.

Times: Sat. March 20, gather 9 AM for 9:30 AM departure, ride til 10:30 AM.

Meeting Place: Starts & ends at “the bunny park” playground in Palmer Square.

Location: The park in the middle of Palmer Boulevard between Kedzie & Humbolt Boulevards. Map It

Coincidentally: March 20th is the Vernal Equinox, official start of Spring; night and day equal length; sun 06:02-18:11. Lets usher in Spring with a great kid-focused event!!

To Volunteer: We could use some tour helpers/safety observers. Interested? See our planning discussions: http://www.thechainlink.org/group/kidicalmass or reply to the E.O. at artworksdesign@ameritech.net

Dear Friends and Biking Enthusiasts-

Hi! Can you smell that fresh air wafting this way? The thaw is in and more Chicagoans will be waking up to the joys of getting outside and on their bikes. We want to help them do it!

We thought you might like to be involved in an advisory capacity in the planning of an upcoming day of bike advocacy and a Green (Bike) Tour of various sustainable institutions and community based projects within the Humbolt Park & Logan Square neighborhoods.

Below are preliminary details of the events (as currently developed) but we are looking to you for your expertise and experience in the biking community and sustainability fields. This is a flat-out request for you to join in the planning and implementing of this workshop & ride.  Obviously the perspectives and experience of the volunteers will be what makes this event a whopping success.

Spring Green Bike Tour

May 1st- save that date!

We are looking for individuals:

  • comfortable with biking/leading/assisting tours on Chicago’s city streets
  • with basic knowledge of bike repairs, maintenance and bike safety  issues
  • with ideas about “green institutions and locations” to visit on the route of our tour
  • who may not have the above backgrounds but would like to get involved in supporting a great community-based social event in our neighborhoods…

Please respond to me if you would like more info about the event (this would not yet mean you are making any solid commitments, just getting details) and we can trade info and ideas and see if you’d like to get more involved.

More details about the Tour Ride is at the tour homepage. Or join our chainlink forum for the latest organizing discusssions.

Or, please RSVP if you’d like to join our first planning meeting which will be:

Info Meeting:  To Be Determined: Late March /Early April

At the meeting we will make decisions about the event planning and see how folks would like to be involved. Hope you can make it and would love to have you be a part of this event.

Also feel free to sign up now- we have capped the tour at 35 reserved slots!
Just email me back if you want your space reserved on the tour.

Let me know if you are interested in attending the info meeting on the 25th!

Best,

-Jason

Jason Greenberg

a.k.a. Professor Greenbike
Chicago Conservation Corps Leader (class of 2009)
Spring Green Bike Tour Coordinator
All around Bike-centric