Thousands expected to choose the healthier, greener commute
Commuters throughout Chicagoland are choosing the healthier, greener way to work in honor of the 2011 Bike to Work Week June 11-17.
The weeklong event–hosted by the Active Transportation Alliance, the City of Chicago, and numerous municipalities and government organizations across Chicagoland–celebrates the two-wheeled commute and encourages newcomers to put their mettle to the pedal. Â Â
Bike Pit Stops along popular bike routes in Chicago and at suburban Metra stations give bike commuters a much-deserved pat on the back with free coffee and goodies. The full schedule of Bike Pit Stops is listed below and can be found here www.activetrans.org/bikepitstops.
Bike after Work parties at area cafes and restaurants are perfect spots to end the workday, car-free. See below for details on the Bike after Work parties.
â€œThis is a chance to make your commute the highlight of your day,â€ said Melody Geraci, Active Transportation Alliance deputy executive director. â€œWith increased awareness of commuting options and higher gas prices, we expect more people than ever to participate in the weeklong event that celebrates the two-wheeled commute.â€
Meanwhile, more than 400 Chicagoland companies will go helmet-to-helmet to see who can get the highest percentage of employees to bike to work next week. This yearâ€™s competition includes the likes of Google, Orbitz, Groupon, The Office of Sen. Dick Durbin, CTA and WXRT. See a list of all the companies online at www.activetrans.org/bikecommuterchallenge. Winners will be announced at the Bike to Work Week luncheon for Team Leaders on July 12 at the Fairmont Hotel.
â€œMaking a workplace bicycle-friendly is one of the best things an office can do to improve morale and create a happy and healthy workforce,â€ Geraci said.
2011 Bike to Work Week celebration details.
Thursday, June 9
Bike Chic, Commuter Fashion Show: 12pm at Daley Plaza
Saturday, June 11
Pop Up Bike Shop: 10:00am – 2:00pm, 12840 Western Avenue, Blue Island, co-hosted by Cal Sag Cycles
Saturday June 11 – Friday June 17
Chicago & Suburbs
Free showers: during business hours at five select Fitness Formula Clubs throughout Chicago and Oak Park (conditions apply, for complete listing of participating clubs, visit: www.activetrans.org/bikepitstops)
Monday June 13 – Friday June 17
Bike to Metra Pit Stop: 6:30-8:30AM each day, 120 E. Railroad Avenue, Bartlett, IL, co-hosted by Spindoctor Cyclewerks and Tazza Coffee
Monday, June 13
Bike Pit Stop: 6:30-9 a.m. at 1337 N. Wells (Wells at Evergreen), co-hosted by Village Cycle CenterÂ
Bike Pit Stop: 6:30-9 a.m. at Roosevelt & Blue Island (SE Corner), co-hosted by Rapid Transit University Village and Po Campo
Bike Pit Stop: 6:30-9am at 2457 West Division (Wells at Campbell, SE corner), hosted by Ciclo Urbano
â€œBiking the Boulevardsâ€ Viewing Party: 6pm at 1800 N. Clybourn, Goose Island Brewpub
Bike to Metra Pit Stop: 6:30-8:30am at Highland Park Metra, co-hosted by Albertoâ€™s
Bike to Metra Pit Stop: 6:30-8:30am at Naperville Metra (downtown), co-hosted by City of Naperville
Bike to the Bolts! From: 6:15pm at Food 4 Less, 5559 159th St, Oak Forest; To: Standard Bank Stadium, 14011 S Kenton Ave, Crestwood, 7:05 game time, co-hosted by the Windy City Thunderbolts
Tuesday, June 14
Bike Pit Stop: 6:30-9am at North Shore Channel Trail at Foster, co-hosted by On the Route Cycles and Swedish Covenant
Bike Pit Stop: 6:30-9am at Clybourn/Halsted/Weed, co-hosted by REI and Chainlink
Bike Pit Stop: 6:30-9am at 3201 S. Halsted (Bridgeport), co-hosted by Blue City Cycles and Nana Restaurant
Bike Pit Stop: 6:30-9am at 1520 E 57th St, hosted by CafÃ© 57, University of Chicago, and Blackstone Bicycle Works
Bike Pit Stop: 6:30-9am at 2313 North Milwaukee Avenue, hosted by CafÃ© Mustache and Boulevard Bikes
â€œBike it Everywhere, Chicagoâ€ with Greg Borzo: 12pm at Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington StÂ – meet the author of Where to Bike Chicago
Bike after Work: 5-8pm at 2016 West Roscoe and 2055 West Roscoe, hosted by Roscoe Village Bikes, The Village Tap, and Goose Island Brewery – special for bikers with special for bikers with helmet, lock key, or Bike Commuter Challenge team card
Bike to Metra Pit Stop: 6:30-8:30am at the Wilmette Metra, co-hosted by the Wilmette Bike Task Force
Bike to Metra Pit Stop: 6:30-8:30am at Glencoe Metra, co-hosted by Green Bay Cycles
Bike to Metra Pit Stop: 6:30-8:30am at the Wheaton Metra, co-hosted by the Environmental Improvement Commission
Bike to Metra Pit Stop: 6:30-8:30am at the Elmhurst Metra, co-hosted by the Elmhurst Bicycle Club
Wednesday, June 15
Bike Pit Stop: 6:30-9am at the Polish Triangle, co-hosted by Copenhagen Cyclery, Rapid Transit Cycles, WPBC, CNT, and I-GO
Bike Pit Stop: 6:30-9am at Lincoln/Clark/Wells (near Green City Market), co-hosted by Dutch Bikes, Orbitz, CLIF Bar, and Coldwell Banker
Bike after Work: 5-8pm at 3420 West Grace Street (@Elston), hosted by The Abbey Pub, Get a Grip Cycles, and Goose Island Brewery – special for bikers with helmet, lock key, or Bike Commuter Challenge team card
Loop Bike Tour: 6pm check-in at Buckingham Fountain, ride begins at 6:30pm (RSVP required. Visit www.bikechicago.us for more details and to RSVP)
Bike to Metra Pit Stop: 6:30-8:30am at Northbrook Metra, co-hosted by George Garner Cyclery
Bike to Metra Pit Stop: 6:30-8:30am at Hubbard Woods Metra, co-hosted by Green Bay Cycles
Bike to Metra Pit Stop: 6:30-8:30am at Des Plaines Metra, co-hosted by City of Des Plaines
Bike to Metra Pit Stop: 6:30-8:30am at Arlington Heights Metra, co-hosted by A.H. Bicycle Advisory Commission
Bike to Metra Pit Stop: 6:30-8:30am at Downers Grove Metra, co-hosted by Village of Downers Grove
Bike to Metra Pit Stop: 6:30-8:30am at Palatine Metra, co-hosted by Greater Palatine Bike Task Force
Thursday, June 16
Bike Pit Stop: 6:30-9am at South Lakefront Trail at the Field Museum, co-hosted by The Trek Store, the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium
Bike Pit Stop: 6:30-9am at North Lakefront Trail/Fullerton Ave, co-hosted by Performance Bike, Nature Museum, and CLIF 2Mile Challenge
Bike Pit Stop: 6:00-9:00am at 1534 N. Wells St., Chicago. Free smoothie samples and bananas. Enter to win dinner cruise for two. Sponsored by Entertainment Cruises and Fresh Choice Chicago.
Movies in the Park, Breaking Away: dusk at Grant Park (Columbus and Balbo)
Bike to Metra Pit Stop: 6-8:30am at Libertyville Metra, co-hosted by Libertyville Cyclery
Bike to Metra Pit Stop; 6:30-8:30am at Villa Park Metra, co-hosted by Bike VP
Bike after Work Party & Cruise: 5pm-7pm at12947 Western Ave, Blue Island (Restaurante Tenochtitlan), Blue Island bike cruise at 7pm-8pm
Friday, June 17
Bike to Work Day Rally: 7:30-9:30am at Daley Plaza
Bike to Work Tweetups: 7am at four Caribou Coffee locations, 7:30am ride to Rally in Daley Plaza:
- 3240 N. Ashland
- 811 W.Â Maxwell
- 3025 N. Clark St.
- 600 N. Kingsbury
Get a free medium coffee with purchase of a breakfast item, 7am -10am, at any Chicago Caribou Coffee location when you show your helmet, lock key, or Bike Commuter Challenge team card; follow @activetrans on twitter during Bike to Work Week for more details on the tweetup group rides
Bike after Work: 5:30-8pm at ING Direct CafÃ©, 21 E. Chestnut, co-hosted by ING Direct and Goose Island Brewery
Bike Pit Stop: 6:30am-8:30am at Evanston (Fountain Square), co-hosted by Turin Bicycle
Bike to Metra Pit Stop: 6:30-8:30am at Elmhurst Metra, co-hosted by Elmhurst Bicycle ClubÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Bike to Metra Pit Stop: 7am-9am at 95th St. Metra (Oak Lawn), co-hosted by Oak Lawn Bike Psychos
Bike after Work: 5:30-7pm at Splish-Splash Pool, 4518 W. 150th Street, co-hosted by Village of Midlothian and Midlothian Park District
The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. Formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, the Active Transportation Alliance is North Americaâ€™s largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by more than 6,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 35 full-time staff. For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.