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Don’t miss out on car-free bicycling on Lake Shore Drive!

 Released May 15, 2013

Contact:
Ethan Spotts
Mobile 312.919.1423
Office 312.427.3325 x 287
ethan@activetrans.org

Don’t miss out on car-free bicycling on Lake Shore Drive!
Registration is still open for MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive

If you've been waiting to see what the weather looks like for MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive on Sunday, May 26, wait no longer. The Active Transportation Alliance is predicting fantastic weather for a bike ride.

Signing up early ensures you’ll enjoy the ride to its fullest extent. You’ll get nearly five hours of car-free bicycling on Lake Shore Drive. The post-ride festival offers live music, food, giveaways, raffles and good times.

The event is a fundraiser that benefits the Active Transportation Alliance, a nonprofit that works on behalf of people who walk, bike and use transit in Chicagoland.

There are still several ways to register for the event.

• Register online at www.bikethedrive.org until Saturday, May 25 at noon.
• Register in person and get your rider materials at one of our packet pick up locations: http://www.bikethedrive.org/getpacket

Packet pick up events on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 at MB Financial Park in Rosemont will feature a festival atmosphere with a photo booth, information about personal finance, bike maintenance and special offers from local businesses. For a full list of special offers and merchants, please visit http://bit.ly/14hXkPa.

If you plan to register the day-of-the-event at Butler Field at Columbus Avenue and Jackson Boulevard, we recommend arriving as early as 4:30 a.m. so you can sign up and fully enjoy the event. (Day-of registration price is $58 and does not include a T-shirt.)

All event participants riding on Lake Shore Drive must be registered and must wear their rider numbers and wristbands.

The Active Transportation Alliance reminds Chicago residents and visitors that Lake Shore Drive will temporarily be open only to bicyclists this Memorial Day Weekend for the 12th annual MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive.

On Sunday, May 26, Lake Shore Drive will close to car traffic at 5:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m., from Hollywood Avenue south to 59th Street. Cars will be able to access the Museum Campus via 18th Street and Navy Pier via Illinois Street. Get all the important details at www.bikethedrive.org.

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. Formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, the Active Transportation Alliance is North America’s largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by more than 7,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 35 full-time staff. For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

MB Financial Bank is a locally-operated financial institution that has been delivering competitive personalized service for over 100 years to businesses and individuals who live and work in the Chicago metropolitan area. MB has locations throughout the Chicagoland area. MB Financial, Inc. has approximately $9.6 billion in assets. MB Financial Bank is a subsidiary of MB Financial, Inc., a financial services holding company which is traded on the NASDAQ as MBFI. Information about MB Financial Bank can be found at http://www.mbfinancial.com.