After playing tourist in Boston last weekend, I headed off to Chicago for a few days of the real thing. Of course, I was interested in checking out the bicycle situation, and was curious to see who would be biking in another northern city in February. There seemed to be few on bikes in the downtown area, and no bike lanes that I could see (from the sidewalks – I never actually got on a bike myself), but there were some hardy souls out and a plethora of parking options for them to take advantage of. For some reason this bicycle owner chose a trash bin instead.
A little further out, in Wicker Park, there were a lot more people on bicycles and a greater diversity of riders (in that they weren’t all male), as well as plenty of indicators of bike-pride. Note the fabulous wooden fenders!