Happy Winter Bike to Work Day (in Chicago at least)

Historically in Chicago January 20 marks the coldest day on record — when temps registered 27 degrees (F) below zero at O’Hare International Airport.

In honor of the dedicated cyclists who keep the pedals turning during these cooler temperatures, Chicago’s Active Transportation Alliance is hosting a celebration this morning for bike commuters. Today we don’t have the below zero temperatures (yet) but it’s still chilly out there.

Happy Winter Bike to Work Day from Chicago!

As posted on the Active Trans calendar:

Bike by the Federal Plaza in Chicago’s Loop on Jan. 20 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for the annual celebration of cyclists who don’t let cooler temperatures stop them from pedaling to work.

The Active Trans warming tent will provide riders with Caribou coffee and tea plus our traditional Eli’s Cheesecake. This event commemorates coldest day in Chicago history—Jan. 20, 1985, when the official temperature at O’Hare International Airport was 27 degrees below zero. Federal Plaza is located at Adams Street and Dearborn Street in the Loop.

Get a Grip Cycles will be at the event showing off winter gear and offering free adjustments, West Town Bikes will be pumping out the tunes with its sound system trailer and Chicago Bike Winter will be offering free fleece headwear. Representatives from the Chainlink website also will be on hand to introduce cyclists to their resources.

For more winter riding events and tips, check out the resources organized by winter cyclists on the Bike Winter website.