Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: People's Republic of Chicago
Bikes: '08 Surly Cross-Check, '05 Specialized Sirrus
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Mess is right...
Originally Posted by n_w_a_31
that is true... who got arrested?
About two hours in, the Chicago PD stopped the ride at Canal and Roosevelt, sealing the intersection with a couple of paddy wagons, marked and unmarked cars, ATVs, and their own bikes. We stood around for maybe 20 minutes, filling the length and width of the block of Canal north of the intersection, a few people chanting ("whose streets? our streets" and so on), and then the CPD pulled a few people off their bikes, zip tied their hands, and threw them in the wagons. A report on CCM
says the charge was "inciting a riot," but I've not seen anything to confirm.
My partner and I called it quits after the first three or four people were arrested, and joined a small stream of people heading west and north through UIC (again). We stopped in Greek Town for a bite, and about ten minutes later a stream of about 50-75 riders passed by cheering and wishing everyone a happy Friday.
The whole thing was bizarre, but fun until the CPD started directing the route. Hope next month is better.