The Active Transportation Alliance is partnering with MB Financial for 2013’s official Bike the Drive that will take place this year on Sunday, May 26. Lake Shore Drive will be shut down from auto traffic just for the event that spans the entire length of the drive! Riders can experience the dazzling skyline and the shimmering water of Lake Michigan while they contribute to a cause supporting efforts to make biking, walking and public transportation easier and safer throughout the region

To sign up, go to www.bikethedrive.org/pricingandpackages. The price to join is very reasonable. But make sure you sign up before May 5 to avoid late fees!

Bikethedrive.org recommends that if you are going to join the ride to be there 5:30 a.m. It will begin no later than 7:30 a.m. The route starts at Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive. The round-trip distance encompasses 30 scenic miles, with the northern turnaround point at Bryn Mar Avenue and the southern turnaround at 57th Street.

The official bike rental company is Bike and Roll Chicago, and they are offering bikes and helmets at reasonably low rates for participants. Bike and Roll Chicago will donate a portion of the rental proceeds back to the Active Transportation Alliance.