Chicago’s Long Love Affair with Bikes

As the weather finally warms up, many Chicagoans are tuning up their bikes for the season. While there's much talk of biking in the Windy City in recent years, Chicago has always been a biking city. The cycling craze of the late 1800s saw a rapid evolution from heavy bikes that were difficult to ride, […]

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Divvy Bikes Now at Budlong Woods Branch

Divvy Bike Station at Budlong

Did you know Budlong Woods Branch is now host to a Divvy bike station? Divvy is a bike-sharing system featuring thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations throughout Chicago, available 24/7, 365 days a year. Bike stations feature at touchscreen kiosk, station map and docking station that releases bikes using a member key or ride […]

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The Most Individual of Individual Sports

The Tour de France starts on Independence Day this year, which is fitting because most racing cyclists I've known tend to be on the fiercely independent side. Not too sure why this is: might be the hours of riding a bike alone, or being mocked for shaving their legs and wearing spandex. Whatever the reason, […]

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The 606 Revitalizes Bloomingdale Trail

The 606 trail

So The 606 opens on 06/06. What is The 606? Excellent question! Essentially, The 606 is a public space project, akin to Manhattan's High Line, centered around the Bloomingdale Trail. What is the Bloomingdale Trail? Again, a most excellent question! The Bloomingdale Trail is an elevated pedestrian and cyclist thoroughfare that runs along West Bloomingdale Avenue […]

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Bike Rides and Guides

black and white photo of bicycle tires and gears

Is your favorite mode of transportation your bike? Or are you interested in buying a new bike, but not sure where to start? Well, with spring finally in our midst, now is the perfect time to purchase a new bike or get yours out of storage! May is also National Bike Month. Share with others why […]

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10-9: Bicycle Messenger Appreciation Day

bike messenger

In 2007, Chicago declared the ninth day of October Bicycle Messenger Appreciation Day. Arguably, no other job has been as glorified, vilified or mystified as that of the bike messenger. Despite carrier pigeons, telephones, fax machines, email and 3D printers, (not to mention ill-tempered motorists or extreme weather), the bike messenger continues to deliver. Further, […]

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The 30 Days of Biking Challenge

Bicyclist with an umbrella

This April marks the fifth year of the 30 Days of Biking Challenge. Pledge to ride every day in the month of April, whether it be down the driveway and back or a full century (100 miles). This is the second year I've pledged and, as anyone living in Chicago knows, the weather in April […]

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Greg Borzo on RAGBRAI, America’s Favorite Bicycle Ride

Greg Borzo

Popular Chicago writer Greg Borzo joins us to discuss his latest book, RAGBRAI: America's Favorite Bicycle Ride, at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 27 at the Harold Washington Library Center. RAGBRAI Director T.J. Juskiewicz will join Borzo for the discussion. Launched as a lark in 1973, RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, has developed into the world’s […]

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