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 is still fresh in my mind.

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The Obamas' house in Chicago. Don't count on biking by

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Rentals including Bike and Roll offer bikes at a decent rate--shop around

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Trails and bridges make for a great day of bicycling in Chicago

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The view of the skyline and Lake Michigan are incredible via bike

About The Author

Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.