CHATHAM — Join the Chatham community for a group bike ride on Saturday, the first organized by a local cyclist group.
Slow Roll Chicago, a community-based organization that hopes to give bike riders a unique perspective of the city's neighborhoods, and the Chatham Development Corporation are holding the Chatham Soul Train Bike Ride on Saturday.
Those interested can bring their bikes to 100 E. 75th St. at 9:30 a.m. Before rolling out, the bike riders can mingle with other residents. The ride will kick off at 10 a.m. and they can expect to be back by 12 p.m.
Riders will start and finish at the same location. From 75th and Michigan, they'll head north on Michigan Avenue toward 73rd Street, then east. Eventually they'll end up on 84th and Drexel, then make their way back to the starting point.
The co-founder of Slow Roll Chicago, Olatunji Oboi Reed, said that riders will be able to listen to soul music during the slow bike ride, as they take in the neighborhood's sights. He said his group organizes these rides to help people "reimagine the space" in their communities.
"We envision bikes as a form of transportation, contributing to reducing violence, improving health and creating jobs," he said.
Also, people can receive a free mini-cupcake from Brown Sugar Bakery, 328 E 75th St., on Saturday if they mention that they are with Slow Roll Chicago.
Slow Roll Chicago is in partnership with the Community Investment Corporation, Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) and Ald. Michelle Harris (8th).
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