Thank you for an amazing day at
Fifth Third Bike the Drive!

Thank you for an amazing day at
Fifth Third Bike the Drive!

Fifth Third Bike the Drive is a fundraiser for the Active Transportation Alliance

Active Trans is a non-profit advocacy organization working to improve conditions for walking, biking, and public transit throughout Chicagoland.

Over 16,000 riders attended the 20th Annual Fifth Third Bike the Drive. We are extremely grateful to our participants, volunteers, sponsors and vendors who truly made this year’s event special. Stay tuned for further details about our 2022 ride!

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ABOUT THE RIDE

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Grab your bike and reconnect with friends and family on a car-free Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive. Whether you’re new to biking, a seasoned veteran, or biking with kids, Fifth Third Bike the Drive is an event to remember. With sweeping views of the lake and skyline, you’ll enjoy fresh air and the wind on your face! Ride as little or as much of the 30-mile course as you’d like and then enjoy a post-ride festival in Grant Park. No bike? No problem! Rentals are available. Don’t miss this once-a-year event when bicycles reign over DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

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FAQ

Historically, Fifth Third BTD has always had a no refunds policy. However, given the uncertainty of live events in 2021, we’ve updated our policy for this year. (2022 will revert back to a rain or shine/no refunds policy.)

Refund Policy

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 10 days, or have tested positive for COVID-19, please do not attend the event. We will refund your fee based on the COVID-19 health-related information you provide. The reason for this refund category is keeping everyone else safe. In this situation, Active Transportation Alliance will refund registration fees only (minus credit card transaction fees).

In all other circumstances, participants must agree that refunds and deferrals will NOT be issued for any reason, including participant injury, illness, and any other issues out of the control of the event, including, but not limited to cancellation due to weather/lightning.

In the event that Fifth Third Bike the Drive cannot proceed in person due to state or federal coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines, registrants will be notified of virtual event options, including the option of a refund of registration fees (minus credit card transaction fees).

In any scenario, credit card transaction fees, Memberships and donations made during the registration process are non-refundable.

New for 2021! We will no longer offer packets. Instead, your rider number will be emailed to you at the time of registration. Please print your rider number and affix to your bike prior to entering Lake Shore Drive. Event t-shirts, ride guides and 30-Mile Challenge medals can be picked up at all three rest stops along the course.

With all four lanes of DuSable Lake Shore Drive closed to car traffic in both directions, there is plenty of space for participants to spread out during the ride. While two outdoor rest stops and a festival in Grant Park will be open to participants, no one is required to stop at these locations. Our top priority is the health and safety of our event participants. We are closely monitoring new developments with COVID-19 and any possible health and safety concerns associated with large public events. We are committed to taking extra precautions to provide a safe in-person event experience. 

We are committed to your health and safety. To keep everyone at the event safe, we ask that you follow guidelines outlined by the Chicago and Illinois Department of Public Health Guidance.

  • We are limiting person-to-person contact with print-at-home rider materials.
  • To decrease the chance of congestion, riders can start at a time of their choosing at any of five entry locations along the course.
  • Event t-shirts, ride guides, and 30-Mile Challenge medals will be available at the festival area and at north and south rest stops.
  • Attending the event festival, which will be entirely outdoors in spacious Butler Field in Grant Park, is optional.

In addition, all participants, staff, vendors, and volunteers are asked to:

  • Please stay home if you’re not feeling well or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 10 days prior to the event.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, please wear a mask when you are in the festival area and whenever you can’t maintain a distance of 6 feet from others.

This guidance is subject to change based on updated health and safety guidelines from either the City of Chicago or State of Illinois. We will provide updates accordingly.

Bike the Drive will be held rain or shine. If there is a serious weather warning, volunteers will direct riders to a safe location along the route. Please check our website for the latest information leading up to the event.

For your safety, all participants should start at one of the below locations. We strongly discourage starting at any other point along the route. Starting locations: Main Festival (Grant Park), Bryn Mawr Ave, Fullerton Ave, Oakwood Blvd,  Museum of Science & Industry.

You’ll need to print your rider number (eTicket). Also, bring some layers as it can be chilly in the morning and get warmer into the day. Also bring sunscreen, water and bike lights if you plan on starting at 5:30am (sunrise is at 6:21am).

Our rule is “if you pedal you pay.” All youth on their own bikes or tagalongs must register. For those in trailers or child bike seats, registration is not required.

We apologize for the trouble! If you are trying to register on a phone, please try registering on a desktop instead. If you’re still having trouble, contact [email protected]org, describe your issue in detail, and we’ll make sure to get back to you ASAP.

No. For the safety of all participants, only bikes will be allowed on Lake Shore Drive. (eBikes are allowed please remember to fully charge your eBike and bring your charge cable just in case!)

Bikes can be rented from local Chicago outfitters. Please visit our bike & helmet rental page for more info.

We have a parking deal with Millennium Park Lakeside Garage and the rate is $13 for up to 12-hours. Click here to purchase.

Reach more than 20,000 participants who are interested in an active lifestyle! Join us as a sponsor of Bike the Drive. Sponsorship opportunities (cash and in-kind, from $1,200 to $65,000) for this event. Click here to learn more about our sponsor opportunities.
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What participants have said about Fifth Third Bike the Drive

“Great event; first time riding and will not be my last. Everyone was so nice and we had a great time.”

“Absolutely great ride. Well organized. Kudos to everyone involved in planning.”

“I drove up with a group from Indianapolis and we had a great time doing this event! We loved the scenery, the people and the route.”