June 12?18 is Bike to Work Week. Although it technically kicked off yesterday, the event gains speed this week when bicycle commuters hit the street for fun, fitness, and environmental stewardship. Organized by the Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans), a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to engaging people in healthy, active transportation, Bike to Work Week includes special events and meetups for cyclists, as well as a competition among Chicago-area businesses. (Each business competes to have the highest percentage of employees biking to work during the week-long event. Even if participants bike to the bus or Metra station, it counts toward their team’s overall percentage.)
On Tuesday, June 11, the Ravenswood Community Council is participating in Bike to Work Week by handing out free coffee (donated by Beans and Bagels) at the northwest corner of Montrose and Ravenswood. Cyclists can stop by and learn more about Chicago biking programs and resources. On Friday, June 18, the City hosts a Bike to Work Rally from 7 a.m.?7 p.m. at Daley Plaza (Randolph and Dearborn). The event is free and includes breakfast, T-shirt giveaways, raffles, valet bike parking, and entertainment.