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Have you ever wanted to participate in a ride, but were hesitant because you don’t regularly ride in city traffic? We understand, and we’re ready to get you informed, empowered and on the road to city biking!

Boulevard Lakefront Tour is a fun urban ride that explores a number of Chicago neighborhoods on city streets--some with bike lanes and some that are very quiet residential streets. For newer riders, this can be a challenging first step. Consider checking out the Chicago Bike Ambassadors to help learn how to ride more safely in the city. 





The Active Transportation Alliance hopes you have a fun, safe time at the Boulevard Lakefront Tour.

Helmets are required. All participants will be riding on city streets with car traffic.

  • Follow all traffic laws
  • Stop at red lights
  • Signal when turning
  • Do not ride more than two abreast (It’s an Illinois law)
  • Ride on the right and pass on the left
  • Say “on your left” to alert riders when you are passing
  • Do not wear headphones during the ride.
  • Do not use a cell phone while riding—it’s against the law

Find more tips for safe riding on the Active Trans website or test your knowledge on the rules of the road with the League of Illinois Bicycle Safety Quiz. 

Recommend to bring:

  • Rider numbers and helmet (required)
  • Your driver’s license or ID, and some cash
  • Water bottle, bike lock
  • Sunscreen, a spare inner tube, pump and tire levers
  • Extra snacks for yourself

Keep your energy up during the ride - hydrate often and enjoy the light snacks at the rest stops.