For those new to cycling on city streets, the 47th Ward is a great place to get started. With 5.6 miles of dedicated bike lanes plus 7.4 total miles of marked shared lanes and greenways (marked with on-street chevrons “<<”) and 26 Divvy bike stations, one can safely and easily get around on two wheels. Commuting by bike can save you time and money on parking, transit fare, and fuel while you burn calories. Chicago Bike Week in June is the perfect time to try it out.

The ward was the first community in Chicago to create a Neighborhood Greenway on Berteau between Clark and Lincoln. Greenways are low-stress bike routes on residential streets with traffic calming features (bump-outs, traffic circles, reduced speed limit). The Lawrence Avenue streetscape of 2016 created the newest bike lanes in the ward, along Lawrence connecting the bike lanes east of Clark Street with the bike lanes west of Western Avenue to create the longest east-west bikeway in Chicago. Damen and Southport are also major arterials with marked bike lanes, while Lincoln and Clark are popular routes with shared lanes. Shared lane markings show bicyclists where to ride to avoid the door zone and tell drivers to expect cyclists. The City of Chicago’s official Bike Map describes all of the different markings. The 2018 map is out and should be available online and in print soon!

Description of bike lanes from 2017 Chicago Bike Map

Did you know? Getting around by bike may be quicker than you think.
  • Welles Park to Wrigley Field – 12 minutes by bike
  • Welles Park to DePaul University – 20 minutes by bike

To find your best route and estimated ride time, Google Maps provides directions using bike lanes and trails. For directions on Divvy station routes, try the new Divvy Bikes app or Transit app. Both allow users to plan routes, buy passes, and unlock bikes. Find these apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play store.

We encourage everyone to wear a helmet, follow the rules of the road, and be diligent about theft. Our Bike 47 web page has many helpful pointers. Cyclists and motorists alike can take Illinois’ online bike safety quiz to learn more about rules of the road. Take this quiz! To avoid theft, use a U-lock to secure your bike frame to a rack or sturdy pole. Check these tips.

Theft prevention tips from 2017 Chicago Bike Map

Never ridden a bike or need a refresher course? Divvy Bikes and Blue Cross Blue Shield offer free lessons for ages 16 and up. See info.

Divvy is Chicago’s bikeshare service, handy for one-day adventures and daily commuting or short trips. With 26 stations in the ward, Divvy makes it easy to access CTA and Metra stations, parks, and libraries by bike. Infrequent users can purchase a single 30-minute ride pass ($3) or a 24-hour Explorer Pass for unlimited rides up to 3 hours each ($15). Annual memberships are $99/year or $9.95/month or $5 for the first year for those with qualifying income through the Divvy for Everyone program.

Connecting to CTA and Metra by bike is simple. Bicycles are welcome on CTA trains outside of peak commuting hours (7-9 am and 4-6 pm weekdays). CTA buses are equipped with bicycle racks and bikes are allowed at all times. Metra trains accommodate bicycles on trains in off-peak hours, depending on direction. Cyclists are asked to secure bikes on trains with a bungee cord.

The Active Transportation Alliance and Streetsblog Chicago are great resources for local news related to bicycling. TheChainlink.org is a bicycling blog started by former ward residents. We will include local bike rides and events in the newsletter as information becomes available.

2018 Upcoming Events

Chicago Bike Week Rally
Chicago’s Bike to Work week runs from June 21 to 29 with a kick-off on June 21 at 5 pm at Daley Plaza. More info.

Chicago Family Bike Fest
July 28 Saturday at 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Lincoln & Marshfield Avenues.
Chicago Family Bike Fest celebrates biking with a blend of education, physical activity and fun. Adults will have access to resources that help them safely bike with young independent riders or with children as cargo. Kids will enjoy engaging activities such as riding through a bike safety course, bike decorating, crafts and music. More info.

Nearby Bike Shops (click map)

These are in the 47th Ward:

These non-profit shops offer low-cost repairs and accept donations of used bicycles for youth development and other good causes: