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Ride celebrates new protected bike lane in 3rd Ward

To celebrate the new protected bike lane on 31st St. in Bronzeville, 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell and the Active Transportation Alliance recently organized a community bike ride. Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined the ride as the guest of honor.

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Some participants of the recent 3rd Ward Bike Ride, including Mayor Emanuel (right of center), Ald. Dowell (left of center) and Active Trans executive director Ron Burke (left of Dowell). 

For the 4-mile ride, Bike and Roll and Divvy provided free bike rentals, and Blackstone Bicycle Works, a bike shop in Woodlawn, provided free bike maintenance. 

After her trip to Copenhagen, Denmark last summer, Ald. Dowell developed a strong interest in boosting the number of people riding bikes in her ward.

As part of that strategy, she wants to see more protected bike lanes in her ward and ensure that residents in the ward have access to Divvy.

In addition to the new protected bike lane on 31st St., here are some other exciting developments happening in the ward.

  • Blackstone Bicycle Works has been offering “pop up” bike repair stations.
  • A local group called Bronzeville Bikes has been hosting a series of community bike rides and is working to enlist bike-friendly businesses in the community.
  • Black Metropolis Convention & Tourism Council is working to get a bike co-op started in Bronzeville.