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Cycling in Chicago

The first thing I read this morning, when I was still in my early, confused state of remembering consciousness, was an advertisement in a magazine for a bicycling tour in Chicago. The advertisement promised a bike tour outside Barack Obama’s Chicago home, and around the places in Chicago that have been significant in Obama’s life. The ad promised that people could pedal in Obama’s footsteps, which seemed a little bit awkward…

Anyway, I’ve been walking around downtown Chicago quite a bit over the last couple of days, and one thing I’ve noticed a good number of, given that the weather is sunny, but not too hot, are bicyclists making their way through traffic. Given the city traffic, they’ve got my respect, moving with such confidence around a large number of tightly packed vehicles, moving quickly enough to kill them with just one wrong move.

For those who are moved to join the bicyclists of Chicago, there are a good number of online resources for guidance in getting started, and support in staying on the road:

City of Chicago Bike Program
Chicago Bicycle Advocate
Chicago Bicycle Laws
ChicagoLand Bicycle Federation

4 thoughts on “Cycling in Chicago”

  1. Jacob says:

    I grew up in Maastricht Netherlands and I have to say that coming to America I was really disappointed in how few people cycle. Its a win, win, win, win. Its better on the enviornment. Its healthier for people, its cheaper, its faster many times, etc… There is nothing bad to come from it and yet in America almost nobody does it.

  2. qs says:

    heh ever heard of Ragbrai?

    It’s a huge event in the midwest, and it’s very fun.

  3. qs says:

    Lance Armstrong talks Ragbrai.

    All the houses and farms set up food booths and swimming pools and hoses to cool off so you can stop at nearly every house on the trail. It’s really chaotic in some sense but it’s very fun although it’s been forever since I was there.

  4. qs says:

    Huge crowds too and people along the way. I highly recommend it. It’s like being at a State Fair or something only everyone’s on a bike or standing to watch the bikers.

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