Thursday, September 22, 2011

Come Bike the 25th Ward with Gabe Klein and Alderman Solis this Sunday! Check out the soon to be Protected Lane on 18th Street.

We live in the 25th Ward and there are some very exciting things coming up in our corner of the city this fall. There will be a new protected lane on 18th Street ( Clinton to Clark). This Sunday Alderman Solis will host a five mile ward ride celebrating this new lane and the culture of the ward itself. The 25th includes Chinatown, Pilsen, Little Village, the University and old Italian neighborhoods along Taylor Street. You don't have to live in the ward to enjoy this ride. Come on over from wherever your neighborhood might be!

We are excited that Alderman Solis has taken such huge steps this year to grow cycling throughout the ward. He has learned so much and the new lane signals this incredible change in our ward.



According to the Active Transportation Alliance none other than CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein will be along to talk about the new lane and explore the ward. The ride meets at Harrison Park in Pilsen with registration at 9 a.m.. Last year everyone milled around and drank Caribou coffee for a quarter of an hour until the ride began a bit after ten.

As a family ride this should be leisurely and fun. The ward is chock full of different cultures- Mexican, Chinese,  and Italian American-- not to mention good old university students. There are loads of delicious places to stop for a snack before or after the ride-- including the delectable stalls a ride away at the new/old Maxwell St. Market, (which is actually not on Maxwell any longer. Check the link), Pilsen and Chinatown. The ride was accompanied by an escort last year and traffic was kept away from the riders so it was perfect for a family trip with kids rolling on their own wheels to explore on their own bikes. We recommend the Churros truck or Rubi's quesadillas at Maxwell Street or some Hong Kong milk tea at the Chi Cafe in Chinatown.


Harrison Park is easy to get to by train or on the bus if you are toting extra kid bikes. We like Morgan to 18th street though riding 18th street is busy. We use Peoria from the West Loop from the north to Pilsen as well. There's an adequate lane on Blue Island though it's a little east.

There are bathrooms at Harrison Park to use before the ride.
See you there!






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