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June 16, 1995 Press Contact: Josh Schonwald
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Tenth Anniversary of Chicagoland Bicycle Federation

Nearly 6,000 cyclists will ride through many of Chicago’s most celebrated and architecturally significant neighborhoods on the Seventh Annual Chicago Boulevard Lakefront Tour on Sunday, June 18. Starting at the University of Chicago on the historic Midway Plaisance, cyclists will travel a 35-mile route along the “emerald necklace,” Chicago planner Daniel Burnham’s string of green parks connected by wide boulevards. The event is run by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation (CBF), a nonprofit bicycle transportation advocacy organization celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Riders will begin the Boulevard Lakefront Bicycle Tour between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on the Midway, the mile-long tract of land used as the carnival site of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. The Tour route will then wind west on Garfield Boulevard through Washington and Sherman parks, north through McKinley, Douglas, Garfield and Humboldt parks, east through Logan Square, then south past Washington Square Park, through the Loop and along Lake Michigan. Riders will finish the Tour between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Midway, where on-going festivities include Brunch in the Park, music by 93XRT Radio Chicago and a Boulevard Lakefront Tour Bike Expo featuring exhibits by Tour sponsors and local bike retailers, equipment manufacturers and social and environmental organizations.

The route will include rest stops in McKinley and Humboldt parks and at the oldest remaining residential building in Chicago, the Clarke House on the Prairie Avenue House Museums campus. Food, beverages, bike repair, medical stations and restroom facilities will be available at every rest stop and at the start and finish of the Tour.

More than 300 event volunteers will provide on-site repairs and emergency pickup wagons along a well-marked route patrolled by safety marshals. Medical services will be provided by the University of Chicago Hospitals, and riders will receive a route map with architectural and historical facts compiled with assistance from the Chicago Park District and the Prairie Avenue House Museums.

Lunch and ride support are included in the $20 registration fee. Cyclists can register the morning of the Tour from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. For advance registration, call the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation at (773) 42-PEDAL.

All proceeds from the Tour support the work of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, a nonprofit, volunteer-based group dedicated to the improvement of the bicycling environment in the greater Chicago region. Since its inception in 1985, CBF has grown into one of the nation’s premier bicycle transportation advocacy organizations.

The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation has helped secure more than $75 million in infrastructure improvements for bicycle transportation, including a 300-mile network of bikeways in Chicago, new bike lanes on major downtown streets and the installation of more than 2,500 bike racks and lockers. The CBF oversaw production of Safe Bicycling in Chicago, a how-to guide for bicycling published in three languages, and the CBF Chicagoland Bicycle Map, which highlights recommended on-street bicycle routes and shows bicycle trails in the seven-county metro region. In addition to organizing the Boulevard Lakefront Tour, CBF is one of the organizers of the annual Bike to Work Week–held this year the week of May 15 to 19.

The Boulevard Lakefront Tour is organized by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation in cooperation with the City of Chicago, the Chicago Park District and the Department of General Services. Sponsors include 93XRT Radio Chicago, the Midwest Bicycle Dealers Association (CABDA), Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), the Chicago Park District, the University of Chicago Hospitals, Powerbar, Pro-tec Helmets, the University of Chicago Velo Club, Jacobs Bros. Bagels, the Prairie Avenue House Museums, Starkist Tuna and Schwinn.

 

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