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Those crazy bike riders who make up Critical Mass Chicago, hit the streets at 5:30 PM starting at Daley Center.
The last Friday of the month mega-bike ride causes traffic chaos wherever it happens to meander for approximately 10 or so miles and two to three hours.
As usual, the route is not known until just before 5:30.
It’s the last Friday of the month.
That means those crazy hordes of bicycle riders of Critical Mass Chicago will take over the streets of the Windy City tonight for their monthly ride.
Critical Mass steps off from Daley Center at 5:30 PM and will take a roughly 10 mile route unknown to anyone until minutes before the start time.
But drivers on the road during early evening will risk getting stuck at an intersection for 10-30 minutes depending on the turnout while the many hundreds of bike riders wave, smile and shout “Happy Friday” at the mostly pissed off drivers delayed by the chaos.
The once a month chaotic bike “parade”, Critical Mass hits the hot asphalt of Chicago’s streets tonight to screw up vehicular traffic wherever it goes.
Event A Solemn Reminder To Share The Road, Drive Safely
On one side of the wrought iron fence, that separates Damen Ave. from one of the three baseball diamonds at Hamlin Park, young children practice fielding ground balls and running bases.
On the other side of the black fence a women’s bike, painted completely white and locked to a light pole, stands as a silent tribute to the life of Liza Whitacre.
It’s at this spot where 20-year old Whitacre fell underneath a truck while riding on October 21, was run over and killed.
Whitacre’s bike is one of five ghost bike memorials that will be visited by several hundred fellow bike riders this evening during the Chicago Ride of Silence.