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RBG-CHI: MAY 2012 Community Ride

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RBG-CHI: MAY 2012 Community Ride

Time: May 12, 2012 from 10am to 1pm
Location: Buckingham Fountain
Street: 500 South Columbus
City/Town: Chicago
Website or Map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q…
Phone: chicago@redbikeandgreen.org
Event Type: social, leisure
Organized By: Red Bike & Green - Chicago
Latest Activity: May 12, 2012

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***UPDATE as of 8:25am, SAT MAY 12***

BECAUSE OF THUNDERSTORMS & INTERMITTENT RAIN DURING THE ENTIRETY OF OUR RIDE, WE ARE POSTPONING UNTIL NEXT WEEK, SATURDAY MAY 19. PLEASE STAY TUNED ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER & EMAIL FOR UPDATES.

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WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR A PIECE OF THE PIE?

For our 2nd ride of the spring season, we'll stretch out our legs and take the lakefront south and then head west to Beverly. Our halfway point will be the city-reknowned Jimmy Jam Pies where we can indulge in sweet potato pie. 

We'll also say "hi" to our Major Taylor folks who are doing their big annual trail ride that day. On the way back, we'll wind through a portion of the Major Taylor trail & then head back north.

This will be a lengthier ride (30+ miles!) and it starts early, so feel free to ponder meeting us at Jimmy Jam (closest Metra = 91st & Beverly) and riding back up to the Fountain. Our goal is to arrive for pie by 11:30am.

RBG - Chicago - May 2012 Community Ride
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2012
Buckingham Fountain, Columbus Drive & Congress Parkway
MEET & STRETCH: 9:30am, RIDE OUT: 10:00am

If you think you cannot make the start of a ride, be sure to get the cell phone number of someone else who will be on the ride so that you can meet us en route. At the beginning, we will ask folks to volunteer with facilitating the ride. 
Try to come prepared with the following items: 

- Helmet
- Bike Lights
- Water
- Snack
- Cell Phone (if possible)
- ID (in case of emergency)
- Cash (for food)
- Bike Lock
- Layered Clothing

If you have any of the following items (and don’t mind sharing with the community) please bring:

- Patch Kit
- Frame Pump
- Spare Tubes

More than an opportunity for recreation, RBG seeks to change the tide of some of the most pressing social issues facing Black people today. 

Our 3 Point Plan:

1. HEALTH 
African Americans have the highest prevalence rates for many chronic diseases, largely due to lack of healthy foods and exercise. 
Biking is an intergenerational form of recreation where we can improve physical health as well as improve our mental health by enjoying the company of our people.

2. ECONOMICS 
(a) As African Americans we experience many economic hardships. Riding bicycles instead of driving cars saves us valuable money that we can use towards our present realities and bright futures. 
(b) Red, Bike and Green promotes the patronage of Black business. Advertising and partnering with Black businesses on our rides is our strategy to support and praise the important services that sustain our community.

3. ENVIRONMENT
African American communities bear the brunt of too many environmental injustices (e.g. asthma due to high prevalence of carcinogens). Biking provides us the power to reduce the carcinogens we produce as we continue advocating against environmental racism at institutional levels.

For more information :: www.redbikeandgreen.org

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Comment by S on May 12, 2012 at 2:42pm

Just fyi, with the nato summit in town getting from the north side to the side side is going to be a bit more difficult on bike.  The lake front path is going to be closed and you won't be able to get a bike onto the metra. The fountain might not be the best spot to meet since you'll need to ride west a bit in order to get to a street that will let you get south past the closures.

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