20th annual Bike the Drive returns Labor Day Weekend to Lake Shore Drive

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Chicago summer-time favorite is returning, so get your bicycles ready!

A year after being called off because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Active Transportation Alliance announced Bike the Drive is set to return Sunday, Sept. 5, celebrating its 20th annual anniversary.

The Labor Day weekend event is the one day out of the year when motorized traffic on Lake Shore Drive is off-limits for a few hours and thousands of bicycles take over. will shut down Lake Shore Drive from 57th Street to Bryn Mawr Avenue so cyclists have the street all to themselves.

According to the Active Transportation Alliance, the full route loop is 30 miles, but cyclists can make their ride as long or short as they wish. The event kicks off at Butler Park, located at 235 S. Columbus Dr., and continues along the lakefront.

Lake Shore Drive will be shut down to vehicle traffic beginning at 5:30 a.m. And while bicyclists can start any time between 5:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., it is recommended that participants start biking by 7 a.m. Rolling closures will begin at 9:30 a.m. depending on location. Vehicle traffic is set to return to Lake Shore Drive between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

There will also be a post-bike festival held in Grant Park from 8 a.m. until noon.

Registration is now open, and early bird pricing has already begun, starting at $48 for adults and $18 for young people age 17 and under.

Bike the Drive, the city’s largest group ride, usually takes place the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.