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Winter Bike Challenge


Join us for Active Transportation Alliance’s third annual Winter Bike Challenge! We’ve added a few new twists this year but still stay true to the heart of the program – an opportunity for newbies to give winter cycling a try but also a chance for the more seasoned winter rider to mix it up. We have something for everyone! So, bundle up and hit the road with hundreds of cyclists across Chicagoland as they defy the winter elements in our third annual Winter Bike Challenge!

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New this year - the challenge will take place over the course of TWO WEEKS! The challenge runs January 13th – 27th.  

Kick-off the challenge with the Winter Bike to Work Day Rally in Daley Plaza on January 13th from 6:30 – 8:00 AM. Stop by for free coffee, Eli's cheesecake and a chance to mingle with other Winter Bike Challenge participants, happy winter cyclists, sponsors and Active Trans members. 

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Also new this year, we will wrap up our two-week-long challenge with a 25-mile group bike ride on Saturday, January 28th – the inaugural "ICE-cycle" Ride.


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Hop in the saddle and blaze the trail for better biking in Chicagoland by riding and donating to the Active Transportation Alliance. Participants who donate during the challenge will receive official Winter Bike Challenge merchandise plus other cool winter swag. Donations will help aid in Active Trans' mission to make biking in Chicagoland safer and easier. 

It’s super easy to participate in the Challenge! All you need to do is ride your bike and log your trips during the two-week challenge!  You don’t have to bike all the way to your destination every day – just biking once to your local bus or train stop counts even a trip to the grocery store or library counts! Earn extra points by attending either Winter Bike to Work Day or the ICE-Cycle Ride (or both!).

New to Winter Riding? Check out how easy it is for you to get going on two wheels, winter style by checking out our tips page! Don’t let the winter blues get you down – it’s exhilarating to feel the fresh winter air on your face as you coast your way on two wheels to your destination!  Not quite ready to ride in the cold? Here are some pointers and of course you can always come chat with more seasoned riders at the Winter Bike to Work Day Rally who will happily answer questions, provide tips and share their sometimes humorous tales of winter riding.


Thank you to our sponsors:

Clif Bar REINuun Dark Matter Coffee Fromlabs Divvy Kozy's Cyclery New Belgium The Chainlink Eli's Cheesecake