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Organized Bicycle Rides and Special Events

Rides are free with no advance registration unless otherwise noted. The pace is generally between 8 - 10 mph. With few exceptions, children are always welcome on our rides, but be sure to read the ride details to see if the ride is appropriate (ie. some rides are 30+ miles in length which could pose a challenge for less experienced riders). For more information, contact the ride leaders, the Park District (708-385-3304), or email info@bibc.us.

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Saturday, August 26, 2006 - I&M Canal Trail
  Event Time:10:00 AM
  Starting Location:I&M Parking Lot (Archer and Willow Springs Rd)
  Ride Length:11 miles
  Event Cost:Free
  Description:Meet at 10 am at the I & M parking lot (Archer and Willow Springs Rd. in Palos Park Forest Preserve system). Car pooling available from Memorial Park, leaving at 9:30 am sharp.
  Contact Person:TBA
 
Saturday, September 9, 2006 - Boulevard Lakefront Tour (BLT)
  Event Time:Starting between 6:30 AM and 8:30 AM
  Starting Location:University of Chicago Midway Plaisance
  Ride Length:10, 32, 60 Miles
  Event Cost:$30 Adult ($25 for CBF members), $5 Child
  Description:Mixed length organized bike ride focusing on Burnham’s “Emerald Necklace” of Boulevards around the city. 10-, 32-, and 60-mile lengths. Meet on the Midway Plaisance (at the Univ. of Chicago) between 6:30 (60 m) to 8:30 am (10 m). Festival picnic runs from 10 am-1 pm. Registration required.
 Event Website: http://www.biketraffic.org/blt/eventinfo.html
  Contact Person:Jane Healy 388-8662 (Day of event cell phone)
 
Saturday, September 23, 2006 - Chicago Lakefront (north to Devon St)
  Event Time:10:30 AM
  Starting Location:Dinosaur in front of the Field Museum, Chicago
  Event Cost:Free
  Description:Meet at museum campus belvedere (large round balcony overlooking LSD) AT THE DINOSAUR in front of the Field Museum at 10:30 am. Parking available in various lots as well as metered spots in area. Metra accessible via IC Electric line from Vermont, Burr Oak, or Ashland stations (Exit at Roosevelt)--bring a bungee cord to attach your bike to the railing. Catch train 216 (9:18 am at Vermont); limit of two bikes/car.
  Contact Person:Jane Healy 388-8662 (Day of event cell phone)
 
Saturday, September 30, 2006 - National Public Lands Day
  Event Time:10:00 AM
  Starting Location:Major Taylor trailhead - Halsted / Jackson / 134th St
  Description:Join the Friends of the Parks in a clean-up of Whistler Woods. Meet at Major Taylor trailhead at E. end of parking lot off Halsted and Jackson/134th St. (near Joe Louis golf course) at 10 am. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Bike trailers, wheelbarrows and wagons are especially useful. Gloves and tools will be provided by Friends of the Parks and Friends of the Forest Preserve.
  Contact Person:Alice Brandon (brandona at fotp dot org)
 
Saturday, October 7, 2006 - Major Taylor Trail
  Event Time:10:00 AM
  Starting Location:Memorial Park, Blue Island
  Ride Length:15 miles
  Event Cost:Free
  Description:
  Contact Person:Jerry Dagenais 385-2866 (k9pmv at sbcglobal dot net)
 
Saturday, October 14, 2006 - Mrs. O'Leary Memorial Ride
  Event Time:10:00 AM
  Starting Location:Memorial Park, Blue Island
  Description:Celebrate the culmination of Fire Prevention Week with this fun-filled ride to lay flowers on Mrs. O’Leary’s grave in nearby Mt. Greenwood. Festive attire encouraged.
  Contact Person:Bernie Clancy, Jr. 388-4202
 
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