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Only 24 percent of jobs in the region are accessible by transit in 90 minutes or less by a typical resident — and that number drops to 12 percent in the suburbs.

Chicago Bike Month 2022

Let’s make Chicago a better place for biking 

May is National Bike Month, and now it’s also Chicago Bike Month.

Chicago Bike Month, presented by FK Law, provides the perfect opportunity to learn how you can support the movement for better biking in your community and beyond. With Illinois’ primary election for governor and state legislators on June 28, not only is it a great time to get out and ride, it’s also a crucial time to make your voice heard.

The month-long event will include both virtual events and live events, including discussions co-hosted by Active Trans and Ride Illinois on building a Sustainable Transportation Platform for the upcoming statewide elections.

Chicago Bike Month will also include the Ride of Silence, taking place May 18, which honors those who have been injured or killed while riding.

Established in 1956, National Bike Month provides an opportunity to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.

 

CHICAGO BIKE MONTH EVENTS

 

 

 

Ride with Streets Calling Bike Club

Saturday, May 14, 9:30 a.m.

We are excited to kick off Chicago Bike Month presented by FK Law with a ride organized by Streets Calling Bike Club.

Come see what our friends are all about. Meet this Saturday at the Divvy bike station at McCormick Place (2301 S. Martin Luther King Dr.) at the at 9:30 a.m. Ride departs at 10 a.m.

This 20-mile ride is open to all abilities.

 

 

 

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Chicago Ride of Silence 2022

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Join us as we honor those who have been injured or killed while riding.

The event, co-sponsored by FK Law, starts at the Thompson Center (Randolph and LaSalle) at 5:30 p.m

Ride departs at 6 p.m. and will conclude with a post-ride gathering at the Emerald Loop, 216 N. Wabash.

Learn more and see the route map.

 

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Chicago Bike Month Party at Revolution Brewing Taproom

This event has been postponed to late June/early July. Stay tuned for new date.

Join us for an advocacy conversation about how Chicago needs a connected & protected bike network NOW. The event, which is presented by FK Law, will include a discussion about which bicycle lanes feel safe and where our elected officials need to invest in better bicycle safety and infrastructure.

Plus, it will be a perfect opportunity to mingle with other people who like to bike and raise a glass to a successful Chicago Bike Month!

$10 suggested donation at the door is good for two drink tickets.

Revolution Brewing Taproom, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago

 

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Here’s a list of suburban communities that are also celebrating National Bike Month:

  • Barrington
  • Bartlett
  • Broadview
  • Brookfield
  • Cook County
  • Downers Grove
  • Highland Park
  • Niles
  • Northbrook
  • Palatine
  • Park Ridge
  • River Forest
  • Schaumburg (celebrates in June)
  • Warrenville
  • Waukegan

 

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Learn more

During Bike Month and beyond, consider supporting our non-profit community bikes shops. These shops not only provide affordable repairs and sell used bikes, but they also play an essential role in promoting how cycling helps create prosperous, healthy, and equitable communities.

Also, Chicago Family Biking offers an extensive list of family-oriented bike rides taking place throughout Chicagoland in coming months.

Looking for some tips that will make your Chicagoland biking trips safer and easier? Here’s a good place to start.   

Here are a couple of good articles for people new to biking from our long-time sponsor, REI:

Bicycling for Beginners

How to Ride a Bike in Traffic

And be sure to check out Active Trans’ massive list of links and resources to help you learn more about walking, biking, and using transit in the Chicago region.

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