Chicago is considered among the most bicycle-friendly cities in the United States, thanks to its stunning—yet generously flat—landscape and miles of safe bikeways.
Renting a Bike
Divvy is Chicago’s bike sharing system with 5,000 bikes and 500+ stations across the city. Intended to provide Chicagoans with an additional transportation option for getting around the city, Divvy is fun, easy and affordable.
A bike sharing system consists of a fleet of specially designed, heavy-duty, very durable bikes that are locked into a network of docking stations located throughout a city. Divvy bikes can be rented from and returned to any station in the system, creating an efficient network with many possible combinations of start and end points.
Unlimited 30 minute trips can be purchased using credit or debit card for $7 per day at Divvy station kiosks, or $75 per year from the Divvy website.
Bike and Roll Chicago
Bike and Roll Chicago provides local bicycle rentals and tours. With a fleet that includes recreation bikes, transportation bikes, professional road bikes and kids equipment, it's a great way to explore the city, see the sites and get around town in a fun, healthy and green way.
In the Loop, Bike and Roll bikes can be rented at Millennium Park (239 E. Randolph St.) or the Chicago Riverwalk (316 N. Wabash Ave.), with hourly and day-long rentals.
Riding a Bike
Dearborn Protected Bike Lane
Dearborn Avenue offers one of Chicago's first barrier protected bike lanes—a designation given to lanes that are located next to the curb and use physical barriers, such as parked cars and bollards, to separate bicyclists from motorists and help people of all ages feel more comfortable on the street. Installed in 2012, the two-way lane extends from Polk Street on the south to Kinzie Street on the north, providing a direct route into the Loop.
Located east of Lakeshore Drive, the Lakefront Trail is an 18-mile-long linear route that stretches along scenic Lake Michigan, providing cyclists, runners and pedestrians with a safe way to enjoy one of the country's most stunning waterfront skylines.
The trail unites a variety of neighborhoods with the Loop, including South Shore, Hyde Park, Lincoln Park and Lakeview, and serves as both a recreational and transportation resource. It can be accessed safely in the Loop at Monroe Street and Jackson Boulevard.