Do you love scenic bike rides but wish you could stop to learn more about the hidden gems Chicagoland has to offer?
New for summer 2018, Active Trans brings you Pedal Chicagoland, our small group ride series!
We will take you through some of Chicagoland’s most treasured spots via bike at a casual, no-drop pace.
These one-of-a-kind experiences are open to cyclists of skill levels. Check out the available group rides below:
Chicagoland's MOST Scenic Trail Ride
Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Guide: Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance
Waterfalls, native prairie, bluffs, bogs and hidden lakes await you in the region’s largest contiguous area of open space. Visit Palos Forest Preserve, Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve and the I&M Heritage Corridor and ride the new Cal-Sag Trail along with the Centennial and I&M trails. You won’t believe that so few people visit these natural gems! Begins and ends in Lemont, IL. Guided tour with bike repair support if needed.
Route: 25 miles at an easy pace with stops for sightseeing; 90 percent of the route will be on paved or crushed limestone trails. A small portion (about 1.5 miles) will be on a more technical dirt/gravel trail with small bumps and a couple of short, steep hills we will need to walk. Two short sections on road with light traffic. No road bikes. Hybrid, mountain or cyclocross bike recommended.
Maximum number of riders: 25
Visit some of Chicago’s most interesting and spectacular water fountains
Date: Sunday August 5, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Guide: Greg Borzo, author of Where to Bike Chicago, Chicago’s Fabulous Fountains and other books.
You’ll learn the unique stories of these fountains within the broader history of Chicago, while enjoying a beautiful summer ride through downtown Chicago and the north side. Guided tour with bike repair support if needed.
Route: Approximately 8 miles at an easy pace with stops at water fountains. Riding on streets, using bike lanes as much as possible, and the Lakefront Trail.
Maximum number of riders: 15
Transformation of Chicago’s Lakefront Trail
Date: Sunday, July 29, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Guide: Randy Neufeld, SRAM Bicycling Fund director, former Active Trans executive director, and an international expert on cycling
Learn about the Lakefront Trail’s transformation from dirt paths, narrow sidewalks and dangerous steps with no lighting to a trail with separate bike and foot paths and the soon-to-be-completed Navy Pier Flyover. Few people know the trail’s history better than Randy, who is also one the foremost experts in the world on bicycling. Guided tour with bike repair support if needed.
Route: Montrose Beach to 31st Beach at an easy pace with stops to discuss trail improvements. Take the bus or the red line to your next destination after the tour, or ride back on the trail.
Maximum number of riders: 25
Don’t miss a chance to participate in rides led by some of the most qualified guides Chicago has to offer! Spaces are limited so be sure to sign up early. Don’t forget a water bottle and snacks to keep you powered up!
Become a member of Active Transportation Alliance and receive a discount for your rides! Your support allows us to advocate for safer, more convenient travel for people who bike, walk and use transit.
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