CDOT Launches Program to Distribute 5,000 Free Bikes and Safety Equipment By 2026
Applications will open on July 18 for the first year of the program
Erica Schroeder 312.744.0707 | Erica.Schroeder@cityofchicago.org
Online and paper applications will be accepted from July 18th until August 4th and bike distribution will begin in August.
“Riding a bike is an affordable, sustainable, and healthy way to travel that reduces car congestion and improves quality of life,” said CDOT Commissioner Gia Biagi. “Along with improving and expanding the City’s network of bike lanes and trails, CDOT is committed to making biking a more popular and practical option for all residents – and Bike Chicago will do just that. We’re excited to launch this program and start distributing bikes and safety gear this summer and throughout the next several years.”
For the first year of Bike Chicago, a portion of the bikes will be assembled by and distributed to participants in our Greencorps Chicago Youth Program, a green jobs training program for students in Chicago public high schools. Additional bikes will be distributed to other participants in CDOT 2022 mobility programming, including the Chicago SAFE Ambassadors’ Learn to Ride program, the Open Boulevards events, and then on a first come first serve basis for residents that qualify. To be eligible, applicants must:
- Be a Chicago resident;
- Be at least 14 years old (those under 18 will need a guardian present when picking up the bike and equipment);
- Have a household income at or below 100% of the Area Median Income for Chicago;
- Not already own a bicycle;
- Face higher mobility hardship; OR
- Be a participant in a CDOT Mobility program.