Fifth Third Bike the Drive returns on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021!


Fifth Third Bike the Drive returns on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021!


Fifth Third 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 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 (and this year is the 20th Annual!) 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 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.


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.

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.

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

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.

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!)


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