Are you curious about bike lanes on the far south side? Or have you ridden them in the past but been turned off by difficult conditions? Some of our major routes now sport fresh pavement and improved bike lanes, and conditions are much better than they’ve been in years. Here’s your chance to check it out, with an optional stop for a special yearly treat: the Pullman House Tour. Info about the house tour is available online.
Our tour starts at 10:00 a.m. at Avalon Park, 1200 E. 83rd St. (between Cottage Grove and Stony Island). Please arrive early so we can start on time. We will meet by the northeast corner of the fieldhouse. There is parking available on the east side of the fieldhouse.
Here’s a map link for the start location.
Note that Sunday is Chicago Marathon day. Please allow extra travel time if you're starting from a location north of Hyde Park. Here's a map of the marathon route.
The route is about 20 miles and includes South Shore, Jackson Park, Vincennes, Major Taylor Trail and more – easier and more pleasant to ride, thanks to smooth pavement and bike lanes. If you are doing the ride but not the house tour, allow at least 2 hours, as we would like to get photos in a few locations.
If you intend to do the house tour, allow 2-3 additional hours, depending on how long you spend visiting each house and walking. Please bring a lock if you are doing the house tour, since it is easiest to lock up your bike near the visitors’ center or the Hotel Florence. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the house tour, whether you are doing the tour or not.
For more information, contact Anne Alt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.520.1641.