My Kind of Town: Bicycling in Chicago a Windy City Highlight
With over 170 miles of bicycle lanes, not including the countless off-street bike paths, Chicago is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the United States. The city has aggressively added more bicycle lanes across the city and Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made bicycling a priority for Chicago. For visitors like me who generally fly in and only stay in the downtown Loop area, renting a bicycle offers an opportunity to see and travel through far more of the city. Plenty of bicycle rental options are on offer, including Bike and Roll in addition to the independent shops throughout the city’s eclectic neighborhoods. Last year I had a free day to explore the Lakefront Trail and the south side of Chicago, and having access to bike made a huge difference. Whether you want to visit sites like the Robie House, the ethnic neighborhoods or just score a day of exercise, the vantage point you gain from a bicycle makes visiting Chicago even more enjoyable. My favorite city in America and its architecture is best viewed via two wheels. I wish I had time this week while I was in town, but last year’s day of bicycling, and Chicago's potential to become one of the world's leading smart cities, is still fresh in my mind. Share your thoughts and suggestions with Leon Kaye via Twitter. Photos via Leon Kaye.