Kicking off a series of themed bike rides, Ald. Ameya Pawar, who frequently cycles to his office, will lead a free two-wheeled tour of the 47th Ward on Sunday, Oct. 2.
The leisurely 6.6-mile, two-hour ride will spotlight green initiatives throughout the ward, hitting all of the major parks, exploring existing bike lanes and highlighting upcoming projects including the proposed Lawrence Avenue Streetscape, according to Bill Higgins, 47th Ward program analyst and coordinator.
To join the peloton (and perhaps catch a glimpse of politicians in bicycle pants*), meet your fellow riders at 10:00 a.m. at the Revere Park field house (2509 W. Irving Park) where you can fuel up on coffee and bagels, courtesy of Beans & Bagels. The group will hit the road at 10:30 a.m., though riders are welcome to join at any point along the route; the tour concludes at the Ravenswood Art Walk (at Ravenswood and Montrose).
Though Higgins estimates the pace will fall under 10 miles per hour, which should accommodate cyclists of all fitness levels (and likely deter Lance Armstrong wannabes in their yellow jerseys shouting “on your left”), the alderman’s office is asking that riders be at least 12 years of age. Helmets are required and the ride will also stress cycling safety in that “we will be stopping at all lights and stop signs,” said Higgins. “Cyclists have to follow traffic laws.”
Sunday’s forecast currently calls for sun and pleasant temperatures, but this is Chicago so just in case, contingency plans include brunch with Ald. Pawar at a local restaurant in the event of inclement weather.
*Participants submitting photos of politicians in bicycle pants to Center Square Journal will receive our never-ending thanks.
Mike Fourcher contributed to this report.