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Chicago’s L.A.T.E. Ride this Saturday night/Sunday morning

McDonald’s L.A.T.E. Ride turns 21 this year! If you’re in or around Chicago, I hope you can join 9,000 bicyclists for Chicago’s BIGGEST after-midnight ride!

Friends of the Parks’ 21st annual event gives you a rare chance to:
* Cycle past downtown skyscrapers, hear shouts of “Opaah!” in Greek Town and cruise North Side neighborhoods after midnight
* Experience the beautiful lakefront bike path under the stars and see the sunrise over Lake Michigan
* Enjoy breakfast at Buckingham Fountain after your 25-mile ride

Lakefront Sunrise

“The ride began in 1989 with 350 riders. It’s amazing to now see thousands of riders cycling through Chicago and along the lakefront path,” said Nancy Minster Swabb, Ride Director. “About half our riders are from the suburbs, about 35% from the city and 15% from around the Midwest. Word keeps spreading about this great ride!”

Your participation in McDonald’s L.A.T.E. Ride directly supports Friends of the Parks, a not-for-profit advocacy group established in 1975 to protect and improve all of Chicago’s neighborhood and lakefront parks, children’s playgrounds and forest preserves in Cook County. Your support will help this group achieve these goals in 2009:

* develop new children’s playgrounds in two of Chicago’s neediest communities
* create a plan to develop 500 acres of new lakefront parks
* expand an exciting tree-planting program

Register online until noon on Friday, July 10, OR in person the night of the ride.

For the most up to date information and volunteer opportunities, visit www.lateride.org. Hope to see you there!

Ride of Silence — May 21st

Our pal Elizabeth Adamczyk would like to remind everyone that the 2008 Ride of Silence is coming up on May 21st in a city near you!

Here’s a bit about the ride from the Ride of Silence website:

“On May 21, 2008, at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves…

…The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. There is no brochure, no sponsors, no registration fees and no t-shirt. The ride, which is held during Bike Safety month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for those who have been killed or injured.”

The Ride of Silence website has a feature to help you find a ride to participate in, organized by state or country. Take a look and see if there’s one nearby. If not, organize one yourself; the site offers plenty of tips on how to create a ride for your city!