Monday, May 29, 2006

It's Not The Eiffel Tower, But...

Granny Capturing the Scene Before Throwing Down

One day out of the year, Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation close down the normally car laden Lake Shore Drive for 5 glorious hours (from 5am to 10am). Everyone and anyone on two wheels is invited (for a moderate fee) to participate in one of the nation’s biggest bicycle rides, and a morning of peaceful, car-free riding while taking in amazing views of Chicago's lakefront and skyline (like the one above).

Bike The Drive benefits the nonprofit Chicagoland Bicycle Federation's efforts to make communities better for bicycling and thereby improve the quality of life in the region.

The ride itself is a mixture of recreational riders, hardened touring veterans, and enthusiasts. With the expansive 4 lane (each way) drive, there is ample room for those who want to hammer to fly by on the left, while strollers can roll by and stop for the occassional (more like frequent) photo op. To follow a local colloquialism, it makes being "on LSD," an entirely different scenario.

2 comments:

Tour of '03 said...

I did this ride four summers ago (but I remember it as being later, maybe even early July) and just loved it. We rode through a lot of neighborhoods as well as along the lakefront. I was in Chicago (stayed with relatives in Deerfield)for a 6-week NEH fellowship, with classes at Northeastern Illinois University and the Chicago Historical Society. It was a great time!

53rd Tooth said...

Talk about a steady bike cam! Nicely done Granny.

Monday, May 29, 2006

It's Not The Eiffel Tower, But...

Granny Capturing the Scene Before Throwing Down

One day out of the year, Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation close down the normally car laden Lake Shore Drive for 5 glorious hours (from 5am to 10am). Everyone and anyone on two wheels is invited (for a moderate fee) to participate in one of the nation’s biggest bicycle rides, and a morning of peaceful, car-free riding while taking in amazing views of Chicago's lakefront and skyline (like the one above).

Bike The Drive benefits the nonprofit Chicagoland Bicycle Federation's efforts to make communities better for bicycling and thereby improve the quality of life in the region.

The ride itself is a mixture of recreational riders, hardened touring veterans, and enthusiasts. With the expansive 4 lane (each way) drive, there is ample room for those who want to hammer to fly by on the left, while strollers can roll by and stop for the occassional (more like frequent) photo op. To follow a local colloquialism, it makes being "on LSD," an entirely different scenario.

2 comments:

Tour of '03 said...

I did this ride four summers ago (but I remember it as being later, maybe even early July) and just loved it. We rode through a lot of neighborhoods as well as along the lakefront. I was in Chicago (stayed with relatives in Deerfield)for a 6-week NEH fellowship, with classes at Northeastern Illinois University and the Chicago Historical Society. It was a great time!

53rd Tooth said...

Talk about a steady bike cam! Nicely done Granny.