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Chicago Bike Week Means Get Your Cycling On!

It’s finally Chicago Bike Week and we want you to celebrate by --- if you haven’t already --- dusting off your bike and get cycling! The City of Chicago kicks off a week-long celebration of cycling that culminates at the Bike to Work Rally; a gathering of thousands of bike enthusiasts at Chicago’s Daley Plaza.

Are you new to biking in the city? Big city biking can look intimidating but it can be easier than you thought! There are just a few rules to follow:

BIKING REGULATIONS
In Chicago, cyclists must:

No bike? No problem! Sign up for Divvy HERE! For those of you using a Divvy Bike, you must be at least 16 years old to ride Divvy. Bicycles are defined as vehicles under Illinois State law. This means for cyclists that you have all the same rights and are subject to all the duties and regulations applicable to drivers of motor vehicles. If you’re thinking that a bike program is too expensive for you, remember that if you’re a BCBSIL member you can still take advantage of the discounted Divvy Bikes annual membership! Visit Blue365 to sign up for your discounted Divvy membership through July 31.

Bicyclists are required to use hand signals to let drivers and other cyclists know where they’re going. When available, bicycle riders must use marked bike lanes or paths, except when making turns or when it is unsafe to do so.

Read more about Chicago Bike Laws, and the Illinois State Bicycle Rules of the Road.

We care about you! While you are not legally required to wear a helmet, we ENCOURAGE you to do so.

Biking is fun, but it’s important to observe the protecting your head part. If you want to protect your head (and who wouldn’t) ALWAYS wear a bicycle helmet to reduce the risk of permanent injury or death from a crash.

Here are some good tips to make sure you have the right fit! To make sure your helmet fits right, put it on and then use the “eyes/ears/mouth” test.

  • Eyes: When you look up you should see the front rim of the helmet. If not, your helmet won’t protect your forehead.
  • Ears: The side straps should come to a “V” just below each ear.
  • Mouth: When you open your mouth wide, you should feel the helmet push down on your head. If your helmet doesn't pass the test, adjust the straps or add bigger pads to get the right fit.

Now get rolling!! 

How do you get to work? Let us know in the comments below!

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