Bike the Drive 2011: Show Me Chicago's Guide to the Popular Annual Event.

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Bike the Drive 2011 pedals off from Jackson Boulevard and Columbus Drive at 5:30a.m. (through 9:45a.m.) on Sunday, May 29.  The ride offers an opportunity for bikers to navigate Chicago's famous Lake Shore Drive car-free. Nearly 20,000 participants of all ages and expertise are expected for this year's Bike the Drive which will be held rain or shine.

Riders can pedal at their own pace which makes the event great for families, seniors, serious bikers, as well as handicapped bikers.  In addition to the ride, there is a festival from 8a.m. to noon that will take place in the park at the starting point of the ride.

Here is all you need to know to go.

Registration.
Register online at http://www.bikethedrive.org.  
Fees for registration before the event are: $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).
Fees for day of registration are: $55  (T-shirt NOT included).

Start.
Riders must enter Lake Shore Drive at the start location at Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive downtown Chicago.

Route.
The complete route is 30 miles: Round-trip distance from the starting point to the northern turnaround at Bryn Mar Avenue is 15 miles; round-trip distance from the starting point to the southern turnaround at 57th Street is 15 miles. PLEASE NOTE: Riders are not required to bike the complete route.

Schedule.
5:30 a.m.: Lake Shore Drive opens for ride participants.
9:00 a.m.: Deadline for starting. After 9:00 a.m., ride participants may no longer enter Lake Shore Drive.
9:15-9:45 a.m.: Participants must leave Lake Shore Drive and move to the Lakefront Trail, which they can take back to the post-ride festival at Columbus and Jackson Drive. Volunteers will be available to help guide bikers to the trail.
9:45 a.m.: All bicyclists must be off Lake Shore Drive.

Festival.
The festival runs from 8 a.m. to noon at Jackson Boulevard and Columbus Drive. The fest will feature a live band, family activities and vendor booths. For an additional $7, fest-goers can choose from two breakfast options:
Option 1. Chicken breakfast sausage links and yogurt served with all-you-can-eat pancakes.
Option 2. A breakfast sandwich of scrambled eggs, Amy's maple chicken sausage patty and American cheese.

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