Bike The Drive
Bike The Drive is a recreational, non-competitive bicycle ride held each year in Chicago, in which Lake Shore Drive is cleared of motor vehicle traffic and opened exclusively to bicyclists for several hours beginning at dawn.
The event benefits bicycling advocacy work in the region by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation. For the past several years, Bike The Drive has been held on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.
The route extends nearly the entire length of the famous roadway, from 57th Street on the South Side to Bryn Mawr Avenue on the North Side. The maximum route length is 30 miles, with riders beginning at Grant Park, going to the South and/or North extremes, and then returning to the starting point. Rest areas with refreshments and repair services are located at the north and south ends of the route, as well as the starting point. In addition, volunteers riding with the participants and stationed along the route offer assistance to riders. A festival in Grant Park usually follows the event, and includes music, food, and cycling-related activities.
Bike The Drive was launched by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation in 2002 to raise funds for programs to expand the Chicago area's bicycle transportation network, promote bicycling as a mode of transportation, improve bicycling conditions and traffic safety, and provide bicyclists with a variety of resources and support.
The event is organized in coordination with the City of Chicago, whose Mayor, Richard M. Daley, is a supporter of cycling.
Chicago’s annual Bike The Drive event will take place on Sunday, May 25, 2008. Bike The Drive offers bike enthusists the opportunity to ride up and down Lakeshore Drive, where the cars usually rule. For safety, all participants are required to start at Columbus and Jackson where you may choose to travel North or South. There are several turnarounds a rest areas.
Riders will be allowed to Bike The Drive beginning at 5:30am. All riders must be north of Randolph or south of Roosevelt by 9 a.m, when the downtown stretch of Lakeshore Drive will be reopened to automobile traffic. Lakeshore Drive will be completely cleared of bike traffic at 9:45am, so start early. Helmets are not required but are encouraged.
After Bike The Drive, Bank of America will host a festival in Grant Park. The Bike The Drive Festival will feature American English, a world renown Beatles tribute band (9am-11am) and Goose Island Brewery will offer 3 breakfast options available for purchase. For more information or to register forBike The Drive, visit the official Bike The Drive website.