9.29.2007

What MJ, Danny, and I did last night



This video is just a small taste of the chicago 10th anniversary critical mass bike ride. For about two hours the streets were ours (ours meaning the thousands of bikers that showed) and it felt so good. I guess a woman stewing in her car tried to hit danny and he may have thrown his hands forcefully on her hood while making a human barrier between her and her destination. That act of bravery allowed the rest of us to smoothly cruise downtown (in both lanes) with a chorus of beeping horns, supportive cheering, and of course angry protests.

-ELF

8 comments:

hope in the sky said...

CRITICAL MASSSSSSS
tight.

...its not you, its your narrative said...

Oh man... it was an incredibly powerful experience. I don't know if the holistic effect of CM can really be quantified or discussed. I'll definitely be out to as many rides as I can... I heard that Wicker Park just started a new Chicago CM on the first friday of every month vs. the last. I also heard that there is a Sunday morning ride on Lake Shore... yum!

Nicky said...

This makes my heart smile.
If you ever get the chance read "The Immortal Class" by Travis Hugh Culley. It is the autobiography of a bike messenger in Chicago, and it's pretty empowering to bikers everywhere.

Nicky said...

Also, my lovely candy apple green schwinn was stolen this weekend, so if you know of anyone that has a cool older road bike they don't want anymore, let me know.

patpratt said...

what was this for exactly? it seems really cool.

Kristin Brownsword said...

pat - http://chicagocriticalmass.org/about

nicky - me too. if you get any extra bike offers, send em my way!

julia gulia said...

heh. your initials are elf. i wish i had cool initials like that.


that whole thing sounded cool too. :D

Anonymous said...

In my city we have a ZOMBIE WALK every year.