Nearly a hundred people jammed in Lincoln Square, along the Lincoln Avenue’s proposed (and unprotected) streetscape, past the recently car-smashed Ainslie Arts Plaza, ending in the new plaza at Lincoln and Belle Plaine. Two mayoral candidates, Ja’Mal Green and State Representative Kam Buckner, were present and mingled with the crowd (Kam rode with us).
At the conclusion of the jam, we held a listening session, where we were able to share questions and concerns with candidate Buckner about biking in Chicago. There was lots of good discussion but perhaps the most notable moment was when we were joined later by a guy who wandered over from his car in the CVS parking lot. He started his comments by saying how just that day he had almost hit (with his vehicle) one person on a bike and and one on a scooter; then proceeded to complain about the chaos of having so many different types of street users, and eventually he came around to proposing that we need a network of streets just for bikes! At which point the crowd cheered and someone handed him a Chicago, Bike Grid Now flyer.
The week before, 60+ people met up at BFF Bikes in Bucktown and jammed all the way down Damen to Ogden Avenue, trailed by a CPD vehicle.