Sunday, Lake Shore Drive will have motors replaced with pedals as the annual Bike the Drive takes over the iconic Chicago roadway. Hundreds of cyclists will take to LSD starting at 5 a.m. from Butler Field.
While online registration is closed, riders can still sign up Sunday morning. Signing up will cost $62 and will not include a shirt but will give the necessary number to access the drive. Cyclists will leave the starting area any time between 5 and 7:30 a.m. The entire course covers 30 miles along Lake Shore from Bryn Mawr to 57th street. Unlike a race or other rides, Bike the Drive gives cyclists the option to go for as long or as little as they would like and even has different starting spots for riders. In addition to starting at Columbus and Jackson, they can also begin at the Bryn Mawr turn-around, a rest stop at The Museum of Science and Industry and check-points at Fullerton and Oakwood.
Cyclists can stop at any of the three rest points for water or a snack. They must always prominently display their numbers on their chest, helmet and wrist-band. Cyclists will be supported all along the way by hundreds of volunteers and SAG vehicles. Bike shops will also lending their time and skill for minor fixes along the course.
All participants must clear off of Lake Shore Drive by 10:15 a.m. but can stay on the course for all 5 hours of the time it’s open. Following their ride all cyclists are invited to enjoy the festival being hosted. For $8 anyone can get “all-you-can-eat” pancakes. There will also be live music and a number of cycling related booths.
MB Financial Bike the Drive supports Active Transportation Alliance, the Chicagoland group dedicated to improving cyclist and pedestrian transportation. For more information, visit their website at bikethedrive.org.