CHICAGO (CBS) — Bike the Drive, the popular event where cyclists take over Lake Shore Drive, will return on Labor Day weekend, after last year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic.
Bike the Drive traditionally takes place on the Sunday before Memorial Day, but this year will take place on September 5, the Sunday before Labor Day.
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Lake Shore Drive will be closed between 57th Street and Bryn Mawr Avenue and will be open only to registered cyclists. Proceeds from the event benefit the Active Transportation Alliance, an advocacy group that promotes walking, cycling and public transportation.
Riders joining the event can ride a full 30-mile loop of Lake Shore Drive from Bryn Mawr to 57th, or as far as they want. Passengers can access Lake Shore Drive at one of five designated entry points: 57th Street, Oakwood Boulevard, Grant Park, Fullerton Avenue or Bryn Mawr Avenue.
Passengers can safely change direction at any of the checkpoints or rest areas (at 57th Street, Grant Park and Bryn Mawr) along the route. Rest areas provide access to restrooms, water and snacks.
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Bike mechanics will also be on hand to carry out free safety checks and minor repairs, such as punctures.
Bike the Drive begins around 5:30 a.m. and continues until approximately 10:30 a.m. City officials will reopen Lake Shore Drive to cars once the event is over and cyclists have left the roadway. Organizers will begin guiding cyclists off of Lake Shore Drive around 9:45 a.m., depending on their location on the course.
The ride ends with a festival in Grant Park from 8 a.m. to noon at Butler Field., featuring live music, beer, and activities.
Early bird registration is now available for $48 for adults for a limited time. Children can register at any time for $18.
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