More than 20,000 people showed up to this year's MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive. It's the annual event that shuts down Lake Shore Drive to motorists and allows bicyclists to own the road in the morning.
Lake Shore Drive is no stranger to traffic, but Sunday morning the vehicles had two wheels instead of four during the annual MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive.
"It's great," said executive director Ron Burke at Columbus and Jackson Drives where the event started at 5:30 a.m. "The weather is perfect! We have 20,000 plus people enjoying a car free Lake Shore Drive."
Bicyclists were able to enjoy a scenic ride between Bryn Mawr Avenue and 57th Street. It's 30 miles round trip and bikers can enjoy it until 10:15 a.m. when roads reopen to cars.
All the proceeds from the event go towards the Active Transportation Alliance. The organization works toward making making bicycling, walking and public transit safe, convenient and fun.
"I think its a great opportunity to get together to enjoy the beauty of the lake front of this fabulous city we have and to spend family time," said Active Transportation Alliance president Jane Healy, who was joined by her family at the events.
Last year the weather was overcast and misty, but this year it was all sunshine as bikers enjoyed a leisurely and peaceful ride.
"It's really amazing when you don't have these cars, it's so silent," said Healy.