`Bike the Drive` riders take over LSD on a cool Sunday morning - FOX 32 News Chicago

`Bike the Drive` riders take over LSD on a cool Sunday morning

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Once a year, bicyclists take over Chicago's scenic Lake Shore Drive. On this cool and sunny Sunday morning, hundreds of riders filled the 15-mile stretch on bikes of every shape and size.

The annual ride shut down the celebrated thoroughfare to vehicular traffic, between Bryn Mawr and the Museum of Science and Industry near 57th Street, at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday.

"Bike the Drive" kicked off from the Petrillo Band Shell at Columbus and Jackson. Registration cost $58, and the event benefited the Active Transportation Alliance.

Solo cyclists, parents with little ones in tow and groups of bike pals were free to ride along both the northbound and southbound lanes. Helmeted riders took in a spectacular view of Chicago's skyline - which most drivers never get the chance to appreciate as they speed up and down the famed roadway.

Lake Shore Drive was reopened to cars, trucks and buses by 11 a.m. on Sunday. Bicyclists had to be off the road by 10:15 a.m. A post-ride festival was held near the north end of Grant Park from 8 a.m. until noon. Some roads surrounding the park were also closed to traffic.

Some of the bikes being used along lake shore drive were "Divvy Bikes." The bikes painted Chicago-blue will be part of the city's new bike-share system, debuting next month.

The bikes will be available to rent downtown and in River North. In the next year, they'll be available at 400 neighborhood locations.

Annual memberships and 24-hour passes will be available for anyone who wants to utilize a "Divvy Bike."

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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