20,000 cyclists on Lake Shore Drive
Sunday, September 5, 2021


Join 20,000 Cyclists on Lake Shore Drive

Fall 2021


Bike the Drive is produced by and benefits Active Transportation Alliance
Active Trans is a non-profit advocacy organization working to improve conditions for walking, biking, and public transit throughout Chicagoland.

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Event Info







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Grab your bike and join 20,000 people on a car-free Lake Shore Drive this Fall 2021. Whether you’re new to biking, a seasoned veteran, or biking with kids, you’ll find Bike the Drive an event to remember. 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 Lake Shore Drive.


COVID-19 Precautions

Active Transportation Alliance, the event organizer, is working closely with the City of Chicago, including the Chicago Department of Public Health, to provide a safe and enjoyable ride experience for all event attendees, vendors and sponsors. Preparations for the fall 2021 ride will align with Chicago’s re-opening framework, including strict adherence to local and state coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines. We recognize guidance is likely to change between now and Fall 2021. For this reason, the event will provide specific guidelines to registered participants in the weeks leading up to the ride weekend.


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.

No. For the safety of all participants, only bikes will be allowed on Lake Shore Drive.

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.

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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