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Red Bike & Green - Chicago - Spring 2012 Kick-Off


Red Bike & Green - Chicago - Spring 2012 Kick-Off

Time: April 14, 2012 from 2pm to 5pm
Location: Buckingham Fountain
Street: 500 S. Columbus Drive
City/Town: Chicago, IL
Website or Map:
Phone: 205.690.0733
Event Type: social, group, ride
Organized By: Red Bike & Green
Latest Activity: Apr 14, 2012

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Red Bike & Green (RBG) has been active for over two years, building community and family for riders of African descent through events in Oakland, Brooklyn, and Chicago.

On April 14, RBG celebrates the 30th birthday of co-founder, JENNA BURTON and the addition of the ATLANTA chapter of Red, Bike & Green.

For our 2nd ever Chicago ride, we start downtown at iconic Buckingham Fountain (THINK: love jones) and wind through the South Side of Chicago, highlighting Black-owned businesses and historical sites.

RBG - Chicago - Spring 2012 Kick-Off
Buckingham Fountain, Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway
MEET: 2:00pm, RIDE OUT 2:30pm

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:

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.

(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.

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.

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Comment by dan brown on April 10, 2012 at 10:28am

awesome !!! I JUST bought a red bike (2 speed with a coaster brake) saturday at comrade cycles. I MUST be at this event !



now I have white, gray, brown and red bikes. what's next ? green !!!

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