Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Upcoming Events: Family Bike Ride, Green Week, and More

Hello Bike Walk Lincoln Park members, supporters, friends!

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for a few upcoming local events, including our next Bike Walk Lincoln Park meeting on July 10th.
Is this the future of bicycling in Chicago? Protected lane on Kinzie Street at Wells. (Photo: Bike Walk Lincoln Park) 
PANEL DISCUSSION  “Chicago Cycling: What’s Next? “ – JUNE 21

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will be hosting a free event this Thursday evening, with a number of panelists discussing the future of cycling in the city, including Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein.  Doors open at 5:30 pm and the discussion begins at 6:00 pm.  Afterward, you can mingle with panelists and view the ongoing Nature Museum exhibit "Bikes! The Green Revolution!" until 9:00 pm. More details at this PDF.


Alderman Smith has pledged to make the 43rd ward the greenest in the city, and she and her staff have put together a full week of events to help residents be environmentally aware, and to showcase green products and initiatives. Events include a recycling drive, green homes tour, and more. Check out the full schedule of events at the 43rd Ward Green Team’s website here.


Come join us at the first 43rd ward Family Bicycle Ride on Saturday, June 30! Arrive at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum at 8:30 am to check in, and we’ll set off as a group at 9:00 am on our group ride for three miles, riding slowly through the ward, ending back at the museum! This is a great way to show your support for safe and pleasant bicycling for all ages.

Then, at 10:00 am, you can join a free wildflower walk around the North Pond, led by the Lincoln Park Conservancy. In addition, you can visit the museum for only $4.30 admission for adults and $.43 for kids. Yes, 43 cents per child! Details are on the Green Team website linked above and on the bike ride are here.

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will host many of the upcoming events. (Photo: Bike Walk Lincoln Park)

Last but not least, mark your calendar for our next Bike Walk Lincoln Park meeting, on Tuesday July 10th from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, held at Performance Bicycle on Halsted at Diversey! We will be getting updates from Andrew Willoughby of Alderman Smith’s office on current projects like the Old Town Bike Corral and the In-Street Pedestrian Signs, as well as other news of interest. Also, the city has released the draft Streets for Cycling 2020 plan, and we’ll be reviewing the maps to discuss how the proposed network will improve bicycling conditions in our area. Please plan to join us on July 10th!
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We hope to see you at some or all of these events!

Michelle Stenzel and Michael Reynolds

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