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Half of school children walked or biked to school in 1969, but only 13 percent were doing it in 2009.

Rally for protected bike lanes at the Thompson Center, June 25 at 5 p.m.

Rally for protected bike lanes at the Thompson Center today at 5 p.m.
Speakers at the rally will be calling on the city to fulfill its promise to deliver more protected bike lanes

CHICAGO, June 25, 2021 — On the tenth anniversary of the opening of Chicago’s first protected bike lane, the Active Transportation Alliance will be hosting a rally for safer streets for biking on Friday, June 25, 5 p.m., at the Thompson Center.

The goal of the rally is to shine a light on the lack of progress towards a citywide bike network for all ages and abilities and to call on the city to deliver more protected bike lanes now.

Rally participants are encouraged to show up by bike and wear green to match the color of some city’s existing protected bike lanes. Please register if you’re planning to attend the rally.

Protected bike lanes are proven to save lives, reduce injuries, and encourage more people to use bicycles as everyday transportation.

While the Chicago Department of Transportation drew up a plan a decade ago to build a network of protected bike lanes, only 15 percent of this network has been built. To learn more about the city’s lack of progress in building protected bike lanes, please visit this interactive webpage.

The Friday afternoon rally for protected bike lanes is the kickoff event for Chicago Bike Week, presented by FK Law, which offers a number of opportunities to get involved in the movement for better biking in neighborhoods throughout the city. During the week, you can 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.


About the Active Transportation Alliance
The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that advocates for walking, bicycling and public transit to create healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities. The organization works to build a movement around active transportation, encourage physical activity, increase safety, and build a world-class transportation network. The Active Transportation Alliance has more than 20,0000 members and supporters in the Chicago region. For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance, visit or call 312.427.3325.