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Attn: Chicago area riders...Did anyone "Bike The Drive"?(10 posts)

Attn: Chicago area riders...Did anyone "Bike The Drive"?robbz27
Jun 11, 2002 1:52 PM
I was curious if anyone here participated in Sunday's inaugural Bike The Drive event.

For those of you not familiar, the city's main artery for vehicular traffic, Lake Shore Drive, was completely closed to cars and open only to bikes for 4 hours 5:30 am to 9:30 am on Sunday, June 9 for a 15 or 30 mile tour of Chicago's lakefront.

I am close to the group who organized the event and I was just looking for general feedback on your experience(s). Likes, dislikes, ares in need of improvement (besides the south portion of the course) and if you think you would do it agin.

Any and all feedback is appreciated!

I'll attempt to attach a pic from the event.

re: Attn: Chicago area riders...Did anyone "Bike The Drive"?robbz27
Jun 11, 2002 1:53 PM
BTW...over 15,000 riders took part so I hope I get a few responses.
I rode The Chicago Tour Of The BLVDs last yearDonna T
Jun 12, 2002 4:18 AM
They closed LSD down for this ride as well. There were too many people there to have to worry about to enjoy the ride. Your pictures are nice though.
I passed. It didn't sound like my idea of a good timegreg n
Jun 12, 2002 5:56 AM
With all the construction getting into the city, it would've taken 2 hours to get there (at best probably). Then to ride at a snail's pace amongst thousands of inexperienced riders just didn't appeal to me.

Don't get me wrong. I think what Dailey did was awesome and a big step forward for the cycling community in Chicago, and set a fine example for other metropolitan areas. But I'll stick to my open roads with light traffic in the NW burbs.
Lot of buddies did it.Alex-in-Evanston
Jun 12, 2002 7:37 AM
A whole bunch of folks from my club did it. They all stayed downtwon Saturday night and rode the thing in the morning. Apparently it was a blast.

re: Attn: Chicago area riders...Did anyone "Bike The Drive"?t-bill
Jun 12, 2002 7:49 AM
Unfortunately I was out of town, but had originally planned to do it. The one logistical thing I can say is that (reinforced by your pic's) the amount of time allowed to finish 30 miles was probably not enough gvnethe level of traffic. I would be interested to know what kind of average speed people were able to maintain. I would probably have had to start really early to avoid the main body of traffic. That having been said, i realize it is a huge deal for the city to have closed down LSD for hours. I'm sure there were many angry/inconvenienced citizens. I'm glad there was a good turn out... hopefully they will keep it going every year, maybe a couple times a year.
re: Attn: Chicago area riders...Did anyone "Bike The Drive"?robbz27
Jun 12, 2002 7:54 AM
They plannd the route for an 8-10 mph average. Keeping that pace would have finished you in time. I saw kids on BMX bikes who were finishing the 30 miles with an hour till the cutoff.
re: Attn: Chicago area riders...Did anyone "Bike The Drive"?t-bill
Jun 12, 2002 8:42 AM
at 10 mph avg speed, they would have completed the 30 miles in 3 hours. If they finihsed @ 8:30, then they must have started at 5:30. That's kinda early for a kid on a bmx bike, don't you think?

Anyway... I hope everyone had fun!
I was at Devil's LakeKristin
Jun 12, 2002 8:50 AM
Nice pictures...the way LSD should look everyday. Lets make more/wider bike lanes and make cars drive in a single lane to the right!!! Anywho, it looked like fun, but I was not around to have any of it.
re: Attn: Chicago area riders...Did anyone "Bike The Drive"?newbie66
Jun 12, 2002 5:09 PM
For a first time event, I thought it was pulled off pretty well. My small group averaged 16 mph for the trip starting at 6am and my only suggestion (besides eliminating the south side crossover kill-zone)would be to put the slower riders into the 2 right lanes for the trip up to Hollywood....too many lollygaggers coasting in the left lanes. My 2 cents