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‘Bike The Shore’ Aims To Get South Shore Residents In Touch With Their Lakefront And Their Bodies — If The Weather Cooperates

If you don't have a bike, organizers will have 15 Divvy bikes reserved. You must RSVP with the Black United Fund of Illinois by 4 p.m. Thursday to reserve a bike.

The view of the Chicago skyline from the Lakefront Trail at 67th Street and South Shore Drive.
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SOUTH SHORE — “Bike the Shore,” a bike ride along the south Lakefront Trail, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday to promote heart health and acquaint residents with the area’s natural beauty.

The ride will start with stretches and warm-ups at the Henry English Entrepreneurial Center, 1750 E. 71st St. It’s organized by the Black United Fund of Illinois and mobility justice organization Equiticity.

Fifteen Divvy bikes will be reserved for those who are interested but don’t own a bike, said Iris Dunmore, project manager at the Black United Fund.

The route will take riders from the entrepreneurial center to the Lakefront Trail, where they’ll ride to 63rd Street for rest and refreshments.

Those who want to continue on to the Museum of Science and Industry can do so, before the riders return along the route which they came.

Chicago’s weather doesn’t seem primed to play along, as the forecast for Saturday morning — low 60s and rainy, as of Wednesday afternoon — isn’t promising, Dunmore said.

Organizers hope to reschedule for early October if Saturday is rained out. Dunmore noted that biking season was nearing its end, so they’ll be pressed to reschedule quickly if the ride is canceled.

“Oftentimes when you’re in a car, you don’t catch a lot when you’re going from point A to point B,” Dunmore said. “It’s beautiful along South Shore Drive, you’ll just have to dress for the weather and gear up.”

The ride will be led by Equiticity founder Oboi Reed. The organization promotes racial justice in mobility and plans to develop community bike-sharing programs in communities of color.

The Black United Fund is Equiticity’s fiscal agent, a role the fund provides for numerous local organizations, Dunmore said.

Attendees, particularly those interested in reserving a Divvy bike, must RSVP by calling 773-324-0494 and asking for Hazel before 4 p.m. Thursday.

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