Beyond the Lakefront Trail: Social Bike Ride

Saturday, October 12th
9am – 11am

Meet at the Divvy station at 1802 N. Clark St at Clark/Lincoln/Wells

To help encourage people to go “Beyond the Lakefront Trail”, Bike Walk Lincoln Park will be hosting a social ride next Saturday that will give people a chance to practice riding on Chicago’s streets.

Riding in a slow-moving group of people raises comfort levels, because the group’s mass increases the visibility of the riders to drivers, and they tend to keep a wide berth.

Below you can see the map of our planned route, which is about 10 miles long. Michael Reynolds and Michelle Stenzel will lead the ride. We’ll start and end in Lincoln Park, and go through Old Town, River North, the Loop, West Loop, Noble Square, and Bucktown on the way. Participants will experience “old style” bike lanes, buffered bike lanes, shared marked lanes, and protected bike lanes, including the famous Kinzie and Dearborn lanes. We’ll stop for breaks every few miles, including a coffee shop stop. Doesn’t that sound fun?

The ride is open to people of all experience levels, and in fact, we’d like to have many experienced, confident participants as well, to help provide that mass of people on bikes that makes a group ride so fun and safe.

Note that although this is not a “family bike ride” per se, children are welcome if they can endure 10 miles on their bike seats or in the bike trailer. We’ll be travelling quite slowly, at a pace that most kids about 8 or 9 and up could handle.

Although an RSVP is not necessary, we’d love to know if you’re coming, especially so we can communicate if there are any changes due to extreme weather. E-mail us at