Have a question not listed here? Contact [email protected] and we’ll get back to you shortly!


Your tickets were emailed to you as a PDF attachment at the time of registration. Please print your rider number and affix it to your bike. If you are having issues locating your registration email and PDF tickets please contact [email protected]

Fifth Third Bike the Drive is produced by and benefits Active Transportation Alliance. We are a small but mighty 18-person non-profit that advocates for safer walking, biking and public transit. Our work spans across Illinois and sometimes into neighboring states. We started Bike the Drive 19 years ago and the event has grown into our major fundraiser. We are ecstatic that the event is now a household name here in Chicagoland.

We are so thankful to our title sponsor, Fifth Third Bank. Their financial support of the 2020 event, despite the shutdown, was invaluable to our organization. We are thrilled to have them once again as our title sponsor for 2021!

Once your registration is complete, you will need to contact [email protected] to make any adjustments. Please be as detailed as possible. Let us know the item you’d like to add or change, size (if applicable) and which rider the item should be added to if you registered multiple riders.

First, check your spam folder for the confirmation email. Next, check your credit card transactions for “ATA*Bike the Drive”. If your credit card has been charged and you still cannot find your email confirmation, contact [email protected] and we’ll resend it.

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.

First complete all information for the first rider and sign the waiver. You will then be taken to a summary page where you can select “Add Another Registrant”. Repeat as needed for additional riders and proceed to “Checkout”.

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.

Thanks for supporting our work! You should have received an electronic membership card when you became a member. Please check your inbox for an email titled “Your Active Trans Membership Card.” If you cannot locate this email, please contact [email protected] and we’ll resend it.

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 12-14 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 and any merch purchased during registration).

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

New to bike riding and looking for some tips? We got you! Visit our resources page!

Due to shifting health guidelines, we are unable to offer pancakes for 2021. We hope to have several food trucks join us in the Festival! Downtown Chicago is also home to hundreds of restaurants that would really appreciate your business!


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.

If you opted-in for our free event t-shirt, you may pick it up at any of our three rest stops along the route. Please print your t-shirt voucher that was emailed to you at the time of registration.


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.

According to the CDC, being fully vaccinated lowers the risk of severe illness or death from COVID. We understand that getting vaccinated is a deeply personal choice and can also depend on availability or eligibility. Fifth Third Bike the Drive riders, volunteers, and staff are not required to be fully vaccinated in order to participate in the event. 

Fifth Third 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. (eBikes are allowed please remember to fully charge your eBike and bring your charge cable just in case!)

We have a parking deal with Millennium Park Lakeside Garage and the rate is $13 for up to 12-hours. Visit link to purchase: https://www.millenniumgarages.com/featured-attractions/bikethedrive/

Fifth Third Bike the Drive is
produced by and benefits

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


What participants have said about Fifth Third Bike the Drive

“Great event. Doing it again next year!!”

“This is a really well run, wonderful event. It was great to see so many people and families out on their bikes and enjoying this great city. We will be back next year. Thanks to the amazing volunteers for their hard work in making it a very enjoyable ride.”

“One of the best events ever.”

Fifth Third Bike the Drive is produced by and benefits

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


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