Wednesday, July 9, 2014


the curious half smile came from the snorkel

Happy Summer!

We have been riding a little more, writing a bit less. Many exciting developments have come our way this summer in Chicago.  We rode Wood as the new green pathways for bikes were painted in and finished, there are lots of ersatz new protected bike lanes in our neighborhood as the El construction on the blue line at Morgan is completed and concrete barriers have made bike and pedestrian only pathways enhancing our commute over the bridges. and Go PilsenGo Pilsen has launched practically in our back yard.

  Go Pilsen is a partnership among Active Transportation Alliance, Chicago Department of Transportation, and Pilsen community members  intended to foster walking and biking among all residents of the neighborhood and anyone else who wants to take part!. It follows quickly on the heels of last fall's success of a similar group, Go Bronzeville.

This Saturday, July 12, the Ciclovamos riding group is hosting a  Bike Treasure Hunt through Pilsen. Tricky clues and many surprises are in store for anyone venturing out to join the fun. Details below.
It is on our to do list for the weekend!

We will be walking along co-hosting the Ping Tom Park family walk from Pilsen to Chinatown on July 19th. There is an old post of ours about the water taxi here, but the park was recently at least doubled in size and it now has a fieldhouse as well. Keep your eyes open for the August calendar - we are in Go Pilsen's August events too.

Ciclovamos Bike Treasure Hunt
Saturday, July 12, 7pm-9pm
Dvorak Park (behind the field house) @ 1119 W. Cullerton
Do you think you know Pilsen? How about by bike? This Pilsen-wide treasure hunt will test your local knowledge with riddles and clues showcasing some popular spots as well as unique hideaways. Learn more details here and be sure to RSVP for this free event.

Ping Tom Memorial Park Family Walk and Picnic
Saturday, July 19, 11am-2pm
Plaza Tenochtitlan @ 18th & Blue Island
Bring your family and join our group walk to Ping Tom Memorial Park where kids can play and adults can relax by the beautiful pagoda and bamboo gardens. This event is BYOPB - bring your own picnic basket. Find updates about this free event

"We'll never get to Pilsen from here if you don't get your foot off my bike!"