IMPORTANT EVENT INFORMATION

Date: Sunday, September 5, 2021
Time: 5:30AM – 10:00AM

Main Location: Butler Field in Grant Park
235 S Columbus Dr
Chicago, IL 60604

Regardless of vaccination status, please wear a mask in the festival & rest stops and whenever you can’t maintain a distance of 6 feet from others.

Fifth Third Bike the Drive is
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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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TIMING

**Please visit the 2021 Rider Materials section for important updates to this year’s event.**

You can start the ride anytime between 5:30am and 9:30am, but we recommend starting no later than 7:00am to get the most out of your time on the Drive.

Rolling closures will begin at 9:30am depending on your location.

5:30am – OFFICIAL START

Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive will open to bicyclists upon police approval. We recommend you start by 7:00am to make the most of your ride.

9:30am – CLOSURES BEGIN

Bicyclists may no longer enter Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive at Jackson.

9:35-9:45 am – CHECKPOINTS REDIRECTED

At 9:35am, riders must be north of Randolph Street or south Roosevelt Road. At 9:45am, riders will be redirected to the festival at Oakwood (south) or Fullerton (north) checkpoints.

9:45-10:15am – ROLLING CLOSURES

Depending on your location on the route, riders will be guided off Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive onto the Lakefront Trail to return to the festival.

10:30-11:00am – FULL CLOSURE

Car traffic reintroduced to Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

ENTRY LOCATIONS

Riders can safely enter Lake Shore Drive at any one of the following locations:

ROUTE DISTANCE

The entire route loop is 30 miles, but you can make your ride as short or long as you wish. Riders can safely change directions at any one of our rest stops and checkpoints.

REST STOPS

Take a break when you need one. There are three rest stops along the route with access to restrooms, water and snacks. Event t-shirts and 30-Mile Challenge medals can be picked up at the North and South rest stops and inside the Festival at Butler Field.

Rest stops are located at Bryn Mawr AveThe Museum of Science & Industry, and our main festival in Butler Field.

CHECKPOINTS

Riders are required to show their rider number at checkpoints along the route. Please be sure to print out your rider number and affix it to your bike.  Your rider number was emailed to you at the time of registration. Checkpoints are for the safety of all riders and ensure that only registered participants enter the ride. Please slow down as you approach a checkpoint.

Checkpoints are located at Fullerton Ave and Oakwood Blvd along Lake Shore Drive.

RIDE SUPPORT

Bike mechanics will be on site providing free safety checks and minor repairs, such as flat tires. The event is also supported by hundreds of volunteers to make sure you have the best experience possible. Course Marshals, Ride Marshals, and SAG Vehicles are stationed throughout the course for riders who need support.

What participants have said about Fifth Third Bike the Drive

“The views of the lakeshore are amazing.”

“This was a terrific event and I would absolutely do it again. Really well organized, the volunteers were amazing, and it was so nice to be able to ride throughout the city on such a beautiful day!”

“An absolutely wonderful event!”

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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