Route & Timing

Start your ride early to enjoy nearly five hours of riding on Lake Shore Drive! The earlier you start, the longer your ride. We recommend starting at 7:00 a.m. at the latest.

Check out this year's Ride Guide for a map and timing information.

Registered participants with rider numbers can start the ride at:


>> Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive

>> Bryn Mawr rest stop

>> Museum of Science & Industry rest stop

>> Fullerton check point

>> Oakwood check point

Make your ride as short or long as you like by using turnarounds located along the route.

>> Bike north to the Bryn Mawr Avenue Rest Stop and return: 15 miles

>> Bike south to the Museum of Science and Industry Rest Stop and return: 15 miles

>> Bike the entire loop: 30 miles

Rider numbers, helmet numbers and wristbands are required to show you are a paid participant. Rider numbers and wristbands

>> Allow you access to rest stops

>> Must be shown at checkpoints along the route

>> Allow you to easily find professional photos of yourself on the ride

You’ll recieve an official MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive ride guide in your rider materials packet.

Unregistered riders can register on the day-of event at the festival or at either checkpoint. 


5:30 a.m. Lake Shore Drive opens for ride participants (upon Chicago police approval).
5:30-7:30 a.m.

Recommended time for starting the ride to maximize your time on the course.

9:30 a.m. Ride participants are no longer allowed to enter Lake Shore Drive. 
9:45-10:15 a.m. At all points along the route, participants must leave Lake Shore Drive and move to the Lakefront Trail  (volunteers will help guide you to the trail). After the ride, be sure to join us at the post-ride festival at Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive. 
10:15 a.m. All bicyclists must be off Lake Shore Drive. Our event permit with the Chicago Police Department and the City of Chicago stipulates that all bicyclists must leave Lake Shore Drive at 10:15 a.m.

Rest stops

Three rest stops provide places to take a break on the route.

>> The north end of the route at Bryn Mawr Avenue. 

>> The south end of the route at 57th Street, on the lawn of the Museum of Science and Industry.

>> The middle of the route at the southwest corner of Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive.

Enjoy a break! Fruit, water and light snacks are available at rest stops. We encourage you to bring your own water bottle. If you have any special dietary needs or want more than a light snack, feel free to bring your own food to the event. 

Photo credit: Brightroom

Please display your rider number, helmet number and wristband visibly to access the refreshments and services at the rest stops. Bike shops are also on site to fill your tires and provide basic bike repair.

Mechanics on site

Thank you to the Chicagoland bike shops whose mechanics will be on site to assist riders experiencing troubles with their bikes – just in case!


Riders are required to show their helmet numbers and wristbands at checkpoints along the route. We implemented this out of respect for our paid participants — as a way to prevent riders from entering the event without paying.

MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive is the Active Transportation Alliance’s main fundraising event for the year. Proceeds generated by the event allow Active Trans to carry out its work of making biking, walking and transit easier and safer throughout the Chicago region. Thank you for your support!