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2/6/2008: Community Media Newstip: Snow Biking, and other events

Snow Biking, and other events

Newstip Date: 02-06-2008

There's a bike ride planned for tonight -- but only if it snows enough.

There's a standing "snow biking" ride planned for any day when it snows more than two inches -- leaving at 7 p.m. from the bike-friendly Handlebar, 2311 W. North -- listed at Chicago Bike Winter's very full schedule of events.

Chicago bike advocates don't go south for the winter, and this weekend has several events scheduled.

Friday, February 8, Break The Gridlock hosts a Show and Tell at the Bloom Inn, 2418 W. Bloomington, from 7 p.m. to midnight, a forum for advocates of "appropriate transportation" to share news and views.

Revenge of the Crash Test Dummies

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Revenge of the Crash Test Dummies
Demonstrators to tell Chicago Auto Show: 100 Years is Enough!

Chicago Auto Show SHUTDOWN - Saturday, February 9th, 2008
www.AutoShowShutdown.org
Contact: Dan Korn, 312-505-9307

WHO: Dozens of cyclists, pedestrians, transit activists, and others
WHAT: Ninth Annual Chicago Auto Show SHUTDOWN
WHEN: Saturday, February 9th, 2008, 1:00 pm
WHERE: Main entrance of McCormick Place South on King Drive, just south of Cermak Road (Cyclists meet at noon at Daley Plaza)
WHY: To counter the Auto Show's destructive glorification of automobiles and car culture

100 Years is Enough!

Demonstrators to tell Chicago Auto Show: 100 Years is Enough!
Chicago Auto Show SHUTDOWN
Saturday, February 9th, 2008
www.AutoShowShutdown.org
Contact: Dan Korn, 312-505-9307

One hundred years. For a century, the Chicago Auto Show has promoted a vision of automobile domination and dependency. In that time, over three million Americans have been killed in automobile crashes, millions more have been injured, our air and water have been polluted, and the automobile and oil industries have made billions of dollars in profits. The time has come to put an end to this deadly obsession, to shut down this annual orgy of automobile glorification. One hundred years is enough!

01/13/2008: RAN: Cattle permitted to march in Detroit, students blocked

Cattle permitted to march in Detroit, students blocked.

Today we marched through the streets of downtown Detroit towards the Cobo convention center where the North American International Auto Show launched into the first day of glitz, glam, and greenwash. More than sixty students from a half-dozen campuses around Michigan carpooled (for lack of another option) to Detroit to send a clear message to the auto industry: “We refuse to drive cars that are driving global warming.”
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1/9/2008: Booster: Bikers brave the elements

Bikers brave the elements

January 9, 2008

By MARK LAWTON Staff Writer

While most riders consider winter a good time to store their bicycles in garages or back rooms, the activists of Critical Mass hope to change that conception.

From Jan. 11 to Feb. 29 the group is putting on a series of events under the heading of "Critical Mass Art Show: Autogedden Revisited." Some are indoor events such as networking for cycling advocates, though others involve braving the cold on bikes.

2/19/2007: Columbia Chronicle: Demonstrators playfully protest Chicago Auto Show

Bikers goof off at the Auto Show
Demonstrators playfully protest Chicago Auto Show

By Alison Shipley, Staff Writer

Although the 100-year-old Chicago Auto Show has been generating excitement for many of its visitors, others aren’t sharing the same sentiments.

About 20 people participated in a protest they called Shutdown Festival at the Chicago Auto Show.

2/18/2007: Jargon Chicago: Chicago Auto Show Shutdown

Chicago Auto Show Shutdown
Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the Media

by Elizabeth Simone
Published on February 18, 2007

On February 11, the Chicago Tribune chose to cover what they described as a "Pedaling protest" against the Chicago Auto Show. The show is a long-standing tradition in Chicago, 99 years in fact, with the "elite" of the city scrambling to make an appearance opening night. You can bet the Tribune was there, holding their wives in floor-length gowns and joking into a glass of wine.

2/11/2007: UPI: Bicyclists protest Chicago Auto Show

Bicyclists protest Chicago Auto Show
CHICAGO, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Bicyclists gathered in protest over the weekend outside Chicago's McCormick Place, where the 99th Chicago Auto Show was taking place.

Protesters dressed as polar bears and held up signs that said "True Patriots Don't Burn Oil" and "Be a Hero: Drive Less," the Chicago Tribune reported.

2/11/2007: Chicago Tribune: Pedaling protest takes on car show

Pedaling protest takes on car show
Bicyclists use satire to drive home point

By Lolly Bowean
Tribune staff reporter
Published February 11, 2007

Dressed as polar bears and Santa Claus and towing signs that read "True Patriots Don't Burn Oil" and "Be a Hero: Drive Less," a group of bicyclists gathered Saturday in front of McCormick Place to protest the Chicago Auto Show.

02/08/2007: Extra News: Pedal to the People: Bike Art as Activism

Pedal to the People: Bike Art as Activism
Extra News
Posted on 02-08-2007
(En Español)

People across Chicagoland are asking themselves, “How can I lighten my impact on the planet and help stop global warming?” The answer: Cut down your reliance on your automobile and start bicycling more. The benefits of bicycling and the damage automobiles do to our society will be explored at the tenth annual Critical Mass Art Show, to be held at Mercury Cafe, 1505 W. Chicago Ave., from Feb. 9 to Feb. 23.

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