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Cycling Mon Jun 13 2011

Bike to Work Week is Here

Chicago's annual Bike to Work Week is all geared up for five days packed with appreciation for bicycle commuters throughout Chicagoland. The week-long event is designed to promote bicycle commuting and encourage new riders.

It is hosted by the Active Transportation Alliance and the City of Chicago with help from many area organizations. This year over 400 companies are participating in the Bike to Work challenge, all competing for the highest percentage of employees to bike to work.

Every morning this week starting at 6:30 a.m., riders can stop for coffee, snacks, chain lube, air and other goodies at several Bike Pit Stop locations throughout the city and at suburban Metra stations. From one of this morning's Pit Stops at Ciclo Urbano in Humboldt Park to one of Tuesday's Pit Stops at Blue City Cycles in Bridgeport to Thursday's Pit Stops at the north and south ends of the Lakefront Trail, riders all over should be able to find a Pit Stop on or near their route to work.

This year riders also have the opportunity to freshen up in the morning with complimentary showers at six Fitness Formula Club locations. For a full list and map of Bike Pit Stops and shower information, click here.

Daily Bike After Work events like movie screenings and drink specials round out the evening commute, and the week culminates with a Bike to Work rally Friday morning at Daley Plaza. Rides can meet up at four local Caribou Coffee locations to ride to the rally in groups. For more information about the week's events, click here.

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