Author Lisa Hilleren, loaded up with supplies for sheltering in place. Photo: Emily Hilleren During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to avoid riding transit if you can , to reduce your viral exposure and help de-crowd buses and trains, making conditions safer for transit-dependent people and transit employees. Cycling is a great way to get around, as well as maintain your physical and mental health during these challenging times, while observing social-distancing rules. However, Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently shut down the 18.5-mile Lakefront Trail , as part of the closure of all shoreline parks due to crowding concerns, eliminating Chicago’s most important car-free bike commuting route. Therefore, knowing how to ride safely and confidently on city streets is more important than ever. You can find alternatives to the LFT on our Low-Stress Lakefront Pandemic Cycling Route map ; side-street on itineraries in the central city on the Mellow Chicago Bike Map ; and the locations of all bikeways on the citywide Chicago Bike Map . Here are some tips for safe on-street riding from seasoned Chicago cyclist Lisa Hilleren. – John Greenfield, editor I’ve been bike commuting in Chicago almost every day for the last seven years. Over that […]

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