DUNNING — A family-friendly bike ride this weekend around Dunning will get residents out to enjoy the neighborhood while celebrating the expansion of the Divvy bike-rental system to the Far Northwest Side.
The Tour Da Dunning, organized by residents and cycling advocates, will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday starting at the west side of Shabbona Park at Cornelia and Sayre avenues. The 8-mile ride will take participants on bike routes that connect popular places in Dunning.
As part of the Divvy expansion, 11 e-bike stations will be installed in Dunning in the coming weeks, said Mike Claffey, Chicago Department of Transportation spokesperson.
Phil Garofalo, one of the event organizers, said the first station is up and running at Steinmetz High School, 3030 N. Mobile Ave.
A regular cyclist, Garofalo said the bike ride will help residents see bicycling as another mode of transportation that can be safe and act as a helpful connector in getting to nearby train stations, especially for commuters.
“I see the [Divvy] bikes prompting more cycling in the community,” Garafolo said. “It’s a great area for biking. It’s kind of a shame there are not more cyclists around.”
Riders can bring their own bikes Saturday, but Divvy will also provide bikes, including its electric-powered bikes.
With the Steinmetz station installed, the Dunning Divvy stations are also coming to these intersections and parks:
- Harlem Avenue and Roscoe Street
- Hiawatha Park
- Merrimac Park
- Shabbona Park
- Meade Avenue and Addison Street
- Harlem Ave and Grace Street
- Harlem Avenue and Irving Park Road
- Plainfield Avenue and Irving Park Road
- Oketo Avenue and Addison Street
- Panama Avenue and Grace Street
- Narragansett Avenue and School Street
Portage Park will also receive two Divvy stations at Central Avenue and Roscoe Street and Long Avenue and Irving Park Road as part of the expansion.
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