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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.

"We feel there are enough cars in Chicago," said protest organizer Dan Korn. "You can't get away from the sights, smells and sounds. And here comes the auto show glorifying it."

The Chicago Auto Show is the largest such showcase in North America. For the past eight years, Critical Mass, a group of bicycling activists, has protested the show.

Despite cold and windy temperatures, bicyclists from around the Chicago area gathered and chanted "no thank you" to the products being marketed inside.

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