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A bicycle commuter who rides four miles to work, five days a week, avoids 2,000 miles of driving and about 2,000 pounds of CO2 emissions each year.

Chicago Bike Week, June 25 – July 2

Let’s make Chicago a better place for biking 

Chicago Bike Week, presented by FK Law, provides the perfect opportunity for learning how you can support the movement for better biking in your neighborhood and throughout the city.

The week will kick off with a Rally for Protected Bike Lanes at the Thompson Center on June 25.

Following that in-person event, you can get involved in several online events that will help you learn about the issues and become a better bicycling advocate. Hear from seasoned advocates, representatives from local non-profits, and pro-biking aldermen on how Chicago can become a safer, more welcoming place for everyone to bike.

Signup now for one or more of these exciting events:


Rally for Protected Bike Lanes
Friday, June 25, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
*in person according to CDC guidelines*

On the tenth anniversary of the opening of Chicago’s first protected bike lane, Active Trans will be hosting a rally for safer streets for biking on Friday, June 25, at the Thompson Center at 5 p.m. Please join us by showing up by bike and wearing green if possible! Our goal is to shine a light on the lack of progress we have seen towards a citywide bike network for all ages and abilities and to call on the city to deliver more protected bike lanes now. Protected bike lanes are proven to save lives, reduce injuries, and encourage more people to use bicycles as everyday transportation.

Protected Bike Lanes Now: Advocacy 101 training
Saturday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. – noon
*virtual* Watch the recording

Building off the momentum from the rally, join us for an introductory advocacy training where we will cover our bikeways analysis in depth, go through our campaign action plan tool, and network with fellow advocates. You will leave the training ready to take action to fight for protected bike lanes in your community. 

It’s Not About the Bikes
Monday, June 28 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
*virtual* Watch the recording

How are leaders in Chicago using bikes as tools for social change? Join us for a conversation with Alex Wilson of West Town Bikes and Ruth Rosas of Hold the Lane and CLOCC to discuss how bikes are vehicles for strengthening community cohesion and community safety . 

Buses and Bikes: Creating a transportation ecosystem
Tuesday, June 29, 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
*virtual*  Watch the recording

Public transit and the bicycle are both critical parts of Chicago’s transportation system. Join staff from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), Divvy Bike Share, and Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (CCDoTH) for a discussion about how the bus and bike network can complement each other and for updates about recent projects. Projects under discussion will be Divvy’s e-bike expansion, the Halsted shared bus/bike lane, and Cook County’s transit and bike plans. 

Building Bike Infrastructure with Chicago City Council
Wednesday, June 30, 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Watch the recording

Join Alderman LaSpata of the 1st Ward, Alderman Vasquez of the 40th Ward, and Alderman Martin of the 47th Ward for a discussion of what it takes to build bike infrastructure in Chicago. We will cover the Safer Streets Ordinance, the Chicago city budget, the CDOT neighborhood bikeways projects, and the soon-to-be-completed protected bike lane in the 47th Ward along on Campbell/Roscoe from Belmont to Western. 


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


Thanks to Freeman Kevenides Law Firm for sponsoring Active Trans Bike Week.


Active Trans is able to carry out its work thanks to support and donations from people like you. If you’re not a member of Active Trans, please join us. Already a member? Consider donating to ensure that this important work keeps moving forward.


Bottom photo courtesy of Dero.