Plan Your Route

The Bike Commuter Challenge is the best way to celebrate bike commuting in Chicagoland! Track your trips June 16-30, but start getting prepared now. Here are a few easy ways to get your bike and yourself ready to ride:

After making sure that you and your bike are ready, the next step is finding the ideal route. There are a variety of ways to find the best route for you:

  • The Chicago Bike Map will reveal the closest bike lanes and recommended streets for cycling.
  • Plan your route online with a multimodal trip planner, like Google maps
  • Ride with a friend: share routes, pass the time and have each other’s back!
  • Reach out and find new friends to ride with:
    Check with your Team Leader for other team members who may be near your route.
    Try the cycling community – we're online: and many more
    Twitter: @activetrans, @activetransLFT, @chicagocyclists, @thechainlinkorg, for starters...also use #B2WCHI and #BCC2017 to find conversations among thousands of bike commuters!
    Facebook groups: look for Active Transportation Alliance and People Who Ride Bikes
    Pace Rideshare
    matches bike riders! 


Maps & Schedules:

Google Maps Bike Route

Chicagoland Bike Map

Trails and Zone Maps

RTA Trip Planner

CTA Bike and Ride Brochure

Metra Maps and Schedules


Bikes on Transit

Whether you want to head across town to a neighborhood festivalor avoid congestion, using your bike with CTA, Pace and Metra will save you money and time. Bikes ride for free!

CTA: Read all about CTA's Bike & Ride Program.

  • Bikes ride for free at any time on CTA buses
  • Bike ride for free on CTA trains outside these hours: 7-9am and 4-6 pm

Metra allows five bike on all lines except the Electric Line. The Electric Line allows two bikes per car. All Pace buses accommodate two bikes. Read about Pace's bike program here


Find a friend or co-worker who is on your route, or find someone to ride with using one of the many community options available around Chicagoland:

Chicago Bike Buddies

Pace Ride Share

BCC Facebook Event Page




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