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Bike Week: Bike education 101
Congrats on becoming a cyclist!
Take a spin through the resources below to get all the information you need to safely get around on a bike.
An once you’ve learned the basics, consider taking your family for a bike ride. You know what they say, families that bike together have more fun!
Lock it up
First things first – how not to get your bike stolen. Because you can’t ride a bike if you don’t have a bike!
Is your bike working properly?
Great, so you’ve pulled your bike out and you’re about to hop on for some of the world’s best free exercise! Or, maybe you’re about to head to the grocery store or commute to work. Here’s what to do before you get on your bike to make sure it’s running properly:
Know the laws
Learn the basics of Illinois’ bike laws with Brendan Kevenides from Freeman Kevenides Law Firm. Kevenides has been a personal injury attorney for 23 years and specializes in bike law. His presentation was part of our Bike Week events.
Let’s talk route planning
But first, check out these safe riding resources from Active Trans. Don’t forget to review these crucial tips on safe riding from our friends at Ride Illinois.
Kudos to John Greenfield and the Chicago Reader for creating the Mellow Chicago Bike Map, which highlights low-traffic streets in Chicago that are good for biking.
And here’s the 2020 edition of the Chicago Bike Map.
If you get in a crash
And finally, if you’ve been in a traffic crash while walking or bicycling in Chicagoland, this is a website you should have saved on your phone.
Join the movement
All of the work Active Trans does is made possible by people like you. Please consider becoming a member of Active Trans.