By: Steve Pincuspy
Biking is a healthy activity, and a great way to help with air pollution (goodbye tailpipes, hello clean air). While Chicago is a very bike friendly city, getting around town can be a little scary and at times dangerous without proper planning.
In order to avoid getting caught on a busy street without a bike lane, check out Ride the City
website. Plug in your starting address and destination, then watch as it plots a bike friendly route. The interactive map shows both independent and shared bike lanes, as well as bike repair shops along your route.
Also check out The Chainlink
, an online community for Chicago bicyclists, to get more route suggestions, safety tips, and resources. The City of Chicago's Bike Program
has an online bike map, and includes more information about the Department of Transportation's bike initiatives - including the addition of dedicated bike lanes through out the city. Pick up a printed City Bike Map at CCGT the next time you visit.