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REGISTRATION

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! 

PACKET PICKUP AND MAILING

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. 

GENERAL EVENT INFORMATION

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!)

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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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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