Ever wanted to ride your bike down the middle of Lake Shore Drive? Sign up for Bike the Drive!

Ever wanted to ride your bike down the middle of Lake Shore Drive? Sign up for Bike the Drive!

I know you're already planning your very busy and exciting Memorial Day weekend, which is why I wanted to get to you early to recommend Bike the Drive. Hop on your bike the morning of Sunday, May 27 and enjoy the freedom of a completely car-less Lake Shore Drive. That's right. The entire length of the Drive is shut down to auto traffic so cyclists can enjoy a scenic ride.

The 30-mile route begins at Columbus and Jackson with a northern turnaround at Bryn Mawr and a southern turn around at 57th. Don't worry, there are rest stops along the way providing water, light snacks and bathrooms. And you don't have to ride 30 miles. You can hop on and off the drive at any of the ramps.

The ride does go quite early: recommended start time is between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m. It officially starts at 5:30 a.m. and goes until 9:45 a.m. Just think of how pretty the sunrise will look coming up over the lake. Afterwards, you can enjoy the Bike the Drive festival in Grant Park, featuring food, music, vendors and cycling-related activities.

Before you can ride, you'll need to sign up and pay a fee. You can register the day of for $58, but it's much better and easier if you register in advance. See below for the pricing:

• $45 for participants who are not members of the Active Transportation Alliance (includes T-shirt)
• $40 for Active Transportation Alliance members (includes T-shirt)
• $15 for youth 17 and under (includes T-shirt)
• $58 day-of-event registration (T-shirt not included)

You can also purchase one of three ride packages:

Summer Rides package: $58 - Includes registration to Bike the Drive and Four-Star Bike Tour on Sunday, August 26.

Summer Rides package and join the Active Transportation Alliance: $78 - Includes registration to Bike the Drive and Four-Star Bike Tour on Sunday, August 26, as well as a one-year membership to the Active Transportation Alliance.

Bank Bike the Drive registration and join the Active Transportation Alliance: $63 - Includes registration to Bike the Drive and a one-year membership to the Active Transportation Alliance.

 

 

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