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City Gave 500 Free Bikes To Chicagoans. Here’s How You Can Get One Next Year

Residents with low incomes in neighborhoods with low mobility are eligible when applications open again early next year.

A Chicagoan rolls out with a brand new bicycle provided by the city.
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CHICAGO — The city wants to help more Chicagoans get around town on two wheels.

The Department of Transportation passed out more than 500 bikes to eligible residents in the first year of its Bike Chicago program, a five-year plan to increase accessibility to bikes, according to a news release.

But more than 19,000 Chicagoans applied for a bike during the first year, according to the city.

Those who were picked for the program also got a free helmet, light, bell, multi-tool and chain lubricant, according to the city. Safety ambassadors taught bicyclists best practices and how to navigate city streets.

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Free new bikes from the Chicago were handed out this year at community non-profits.

Many recipients included older folks learning to bike for the first time, as well as young people in city programs, according to the city.

Given the high demand, the city hopes to get more bicyclists rolling and increase biking infrastructure next year. Bike Chicago applications will reopen in early 2023, according to the city.

Applicants must be at least 14 years old, not yet have a bicycle and have an income at or below 100 percent of Chicago’s household median. They must live in an area with mobility challenges or be a participant in transportation department programing.

Income limits based on household size:


Click here to learn more about the program.

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