Do you want to join us for Sunday’s 5th Annual 49TH WARD COMMUNITY BICYCLE RIDE, but don’t have a working bike? Well, this is your lucky day!
ChainLinks, Loyola’s student-run bicycle business, is generously offering FREE bicycle rentals to anyone who mentions the 49th Ward Community Bicycle Ride. ChainLinks is located just inside the Loyola parking garage at 1100 W. Sheridan (at Winthrop). They’re open Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pick your bike up on Saturday and return it on Sunday after the bike ride.
Our bike event kicks off Sunday, June 16th, 7:30 a.m., at the 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis). We’ll start the day by enjoying a light breakfast snack compliments of 7-Eleven. Free bike tune-ups will be available, as well. We’ll then embark on an hour-long bicycle tour of the 49th Ward.
Each year we explore another part of Rogers Park and the 49th Ward. This year, we’ll enjoy some of the new bike lanes that have been introduced to the 49th Ward courtesy of my Participatory Budgeting initiative, including the unique reverse bike lane on the 1200 block of Albion. We’ll also ride by the new bicycle parking lot next to the Lunt entrance of the Morse “L” station.
We’ll conclude our ride in Loyola Park at the Artists of the Wall Festival. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Artists of the Wall Festival brings together neighbors of all ages to collaborate on a 600-foot lakefront mural at Loyola Park Beach (between Farwell and Morse Avenues). Coordinated by members of the Loyola Park Advisory Council, the festival is an annual celebration of community and creativity.
Whether you’re a hardcore bicycling enthusiast, or simply want to spend a nice summer morning riding your bike through the neighborhood, this is the place to be.
I am proud to have the 49th Ward Green Corps as one of the sponsors of Bike Day. Our goal of transforming the 49th Ward into the greenest community in the nation can only be accomplished by making our community more bike-friendly.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday morning the 16th!