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✲ LET'S GO BIKING ✲ Chicago Critical Mass Bike Ride - Hosted by Lyle

From: Scott
Sent on: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 5:08 PM

When: Friday, June 28,[masked]:15 PM
Where: Richard J. Daley Center

Join Lyle and the group for a free and fun bike ride! CRITICAL MASS BIKE RIDE is a free public road bike ride plain and simple. The ride takes place on the Last Friday Of Every Month. It starts from Daley Plaza, Dearborn & Washington at 5:30 pm on the last Friday of each month, regardless of season or weather.

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Hey, all you fellow bicycle enthusiasts.
If you have never ridden critical mass you are in for a treat. I would encourage you to wear a helmet though they are not required by critical mass. Bring some water and a light snack for the road. We will be coming back downtown in the dark, I would highly recommend some sort of headlight and taillight for your bike. Wear comfortable clothing. Preferably something bright so you can be seen after dark. You will find that most critical mass riders are not wearing expensive biking jerseys though anything goes.

We will meet at Daley Plaza, (Dearborn & Washington) at 5:30 pm.  If you are a little late don’t fret. They generally don’t actually head out on the road until closer to 6:00 PM. In previous times, I have ridden toward the front. For this ride, I plan to ride more toward the middle of the pack as in the front you end up stopping a lot to let the pack catch up. You are welcome to ride with our small group or anywhere in the mass that you would like. When you get to Daley Plaza, look for me more toward the building itself.  I’ll be wearing a white shirt and a bright yellow Steelers baseball cap. If not in front of the building, we may have grabbed a table if one is available.

I will start out by saying that I am not certain where we are going. There is a small cadre of folks at the front of the mass who know the map and destination with most of the group following along and enjoying the ride. And it is enjoyable. Typically, a critical mass ride is a one way ride to a destination about 15 miles or so out of the loop. And the ride is not particularly direct as we will follow a round about route in a general direction. When we get to the final destination the mass will kind of morph into a party. 

For folks that want to skip the party and ride back to the loop with me in a small group, we will take a short water break and then head back to town. You can also expect the entire critical mass ride to stop for a break between 5 to 7 miles into the ride to give you time for a water break and grab a quick snack. The group will ride at a leisurely pace as it is not possible to get that many riders to go very fast. Not slow but not racing either. Critical mass is a celebration of sorts of you and many of your fellow bicycle enthusiasts taking back the streets. I suspect there will be in excess of a thousand riders. So many in fact, that they block the intersections for ten minutes or so as they pass. And, if you have heard rumors but not actually ridden on a critical mass ride, take what you have heard with a grain of salt. Police actually ride on bikes as part of critical mass to ensure everything is safe. You will find that most drivers embrace the concept of the mass and will step out of their cars to snap pictures and high five many of the riders on the outer edge. And should emergency vehicles approach the mass will quickly stop and move out of the way.

Again, this will be a fun ride and right now the weather looks to be perfect. 
I hope to see you there. 
If your plans change, or if you need any additional info, just email me or text

Lyle Woodrum



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