Sixty Second Cycling: Bike to Work Day and Upcoming Events

Sixty Second Cycling: Bike to Work Day and Upcoming Events
Courtesy of League of American Bicyclists

Today is Bike to Work Day! 

By the time you read this, you will already have ridden your bike to work, completely forgotten that you wanted to, or have long since dismissed it as a possibility.  No matter what worked out for you personally, take a moment to look around and notice if there are more bikes out today.  More people seen riding bikes is exactly the impression we want to make today (and every day).

As far as impressions go, did you participate or notice the riders in your community taking part in the Ride of Silence this past Wednesday?  In addition to honoring fellow riders killed while bicycling, thousands worldwide rode to create awareness for our right to share the road.  Let's hope we all left a lasting impression on the motoring public.

Bike Month rolls on and the opportunities to ride are multiplying!  With summer weather forecast for this weekend, it is the perfect opportunity to pump up the tires on that bike hanging in the garage or head down to the local bike shop to check out a new model.  Don't miss your chance to reclaim your health while you relive your youth!

Bike The Drive - Sunday, May 27th (Memorial Day Weekend).  This is your once a year chance to ride a bike on Lake Shore Drive!  There is no better way to take in the skyline and shoreline than from the saddle of your bike!  The Drive will be car-free from 5:30am to 10:15am, giving you the chance to ride up to 30 continuous miles.

While you have already missed the early bird sign-up and still can register on the day of the ride, there is no better time to commit than right now.  Click here to register.  The fee helps support all the great things the Active Transportation Alliance does for area cyclists.

This week's events:

Our friends at the chainlink show a pretty full calendar of local events for this weekend and into next week.

Saturday, May 19th: Women's Cycling Clinic, OGBC Bike Technical Clinic, Bike Drive at Patagonia, Welles Park Kidical Mass, Bike Wash, Comfortably Nimble bike workshop, Chicago Botanic Gardens Nature Ride, and Midnight Marauders.

Sunday, May 20th: Arlington 500 Bike Ride, Breakfast Club May Ride, Blessing of the Bikes, Beverly House Tour, and Tour of Portage Park.

Tuesday, May 22nd: Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 Meeting, Copernicus Park.

Don't forget, you can find regional bike rides and cycling events at Mike Bentley's Midwest Bicycle Rides 2012 page.  It's a great way to plan ahead for a summer of cycling!

Keep riding and be safe!


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