Sixty Second Cycling: Upcoming Events and Latest News

Here’s what’s happening this weekend:

Friday, April 27th:  Critical Mass, Daley Plaza, 6pm – 11pm.

Saturday, April 28th:  Great Western Trails and Prairie Path Cleanup Day, various trailhead locations, all day, rain or shine.  Bring a pair of gloves, some trash bags, and a cart to haul all the garbage out with you and join the other volunteers along these two great trails spanning DuPage and Kane Counties.

33rd Annual Arlington Bike Swap, Centennial Park in Arlington Heights, 10am – 2pm.  If it’s too cold for a long ride, at least you can stop and shop for some great bargains!

Half Acre Cycling’s Women and Transgender Road Racing Clinic, 9am to 1pm, Clarendon Park Community Center, Chicago.  Cost is $20 for beginners, $25 for intermediates.  A variety of topics will be covered, so if you’re interested in finding out more about bicycle racing, be sure to attend!

Urban Farms Research Ride, 9:30am to 2pm, corner of Clyborn & Division.  Join Kathy Schubert and Suzy Schnauzer (the canine record holder for most miles ridden in a bike basket) on a 27.5 mile tour of 6 urban farms on the southwest side.

47th Ward Family Bike Ride, Welles Park, 10am – 1pm.  Join Alderman Pawar on a 5-8 mile leisurely ride and learn how to bicycle safely in the city.

Sunday, April 29th: The Breakfast Club April Ride, the Clocktower, Waveland and Lake Shore Drive, 8am – 12pm.  Just as the name implies, this is a social group riding at a leisurely pace, exploring the city and stopping to eat!

Ghost Bike Build Day, West Town Bikes, Division and Campbell, 1pm to 3pm.  If you’ve ever wondered where the white “ghost bikes” come from, you can assist the folks at West Town Bikes as they regretfully prepare another batch in advance of May 16th’s Ride of Silence.  If you have a non-usable bike that you would like to see turned into a monument for a cyclist who lost his or her life, bring it with you along with white and black spray paint this Sunday.

Tuesday, May 1st: National Bike ChallengeJoin the League of American Bicyclists, Bikes Belong, and Endomondo as they unite 50,000 people to ride 10 million miles during the month of May.  Part of National Bike Month,  this challenge was started last year by the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and Kimberly-Clark to encourage corporate employees nationwide to commute to work by bike.  Whether you commute to work, run errands, or ride for exercise or recreation, you can share your progress and even win some prizes for participating.

Another interesting article since yesterday’s blog post...

What people had to say about using the Lakefront Trail – Active Transportation Alliance.  Approximately 60 trail users took the time to attend two meetings held by ATA, Friends of the Parks, Friends of the Lakefront Trail, and Chicago Area Runners Association.  The comments were very insightful and are helping set an agenda for trail improvements.  Read the blog post and join the conversation!

Enjoy the weekend’s “challenging” forecast, keep riding and be safe!


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