Chicago has been on a roll lately (ahem) with exciting developments that serve to make the city more bicycle friendly. Many miles of bike lanes on mixed-use streets are being converted to a new, “protected” design. (In this system, cyclists ride between the sidewalk and parked cars, thereby creating a protective barrier between riders and traffic.)
And just a few weeks ago, the Chicago Department of Transportation put Divvy, its new bike sharing system, into action. Divvy provides 4,000 bikes in 400 stations across the city. I began seeing people making use of the new system almost immediately on my own bicycle journeys around town.
Meanwhile I’m preparing to set off on my annual multi-day bike tour of Michigan. It won’t encompass the whole state, but for someone who’s used to riding the flat, urban prairie of Chicago, I know the Michigan hills will prove challenging enough!
As you settle in for the last month of summer vacation, why not introduce a young reader to one of the excellent Capstone titles about cycling? The possibilities are endless, and best enjoyed under a tree with your bike propped up beside you.