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Chicago Critical Mass


Chicago Critical Mass

Time: October 30, 2015 from 6pm to 11pm
Location: Daley Plaza
Street: 50 W Washington
City/Town: Chicago, IL
Website or Map:
Phone: 773-33-MASS-8
Event Type: free, bike, ride, parade, critical, mass
Latest Activity: Oct 30, 2015

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Last Fridays, leaves after 6pm.

THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making their presence known downtown since 1997. Slowly winds a dozen miles or more. Radically inclusive, thousands attend in good weather.

Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop, Randolph exit from LFT.

Lakecomers use or text WHERE to to catchup.

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Comment by Tom A.K. on October 30, 2015 at 11:16pm
Comment by Andrew Bedno on October 26, 2015 at 12:34pm

That Montrose ending route reprint should be considered superceded. A couple of old hands have put together a party and new map flyer at

Comment by Jaik S. on October 16, 2015 at 7:49am

Maybe a Chainlink Halloween Party after the ride?

Comment by Bob Kastigar on September 29, 2015 at 9:32am

Proposed, suggested, bike route for the October 30th 2015 Halloween Chicago Critical Mass ride.

Copied from the map from 2006 - 9 year old and in keeping with many of the old traditions.  Except  for the final stretch down Montrose to the beach, all the the stretches are short and there are frequent turns to slow down the ride and keep the ride massed-up.  The longest stretches are:

Van Buren, from State to Clinton: 3/4 mile
Clybourn, from Division to Halsted: 5/8 mile
Lincoln, from Fullerton to Diversey: 7/10 mile

The Lance Armstrong Wannabees may attempt to hijack the ride so they can speed up and ride fast - which spreads out the mass like what happened in August and September.  That isn't how the Critical Mass is supposed to work.  The ride is for everybody, from 8 to 80.  Let the trixies go their own path, or turn around to stay with us.

A few more rides like the last two months and a lot of the 'regulars' are just going to stop coming. The number of riding coming downtown at 5:30 on the last Friday of the month will dwindle.  This is already happening in other cities.

We need more people to stop up, plan, and lead.  Draw another map for October. Bring a ride map you'd like to go on for November.  Find a new way to get to the Polkaholics in January.  Short routes, off the main roads for a while.  A turn every 1/2 mile. Avoid long straight-line, long distance main routes.  Lead us through neighborhoods.  Suggest mass-up points to stop and mass up.

The map suggestion was copied from the 2006 Halloween ride; if anyone knows the original cartographer who suggested this map, let all of us know so that they can be given credit.  I'd rather not just steal but to give credit where credit is due.

Comment by Bob Kastigar on September 29, 2015 at 9:31am

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