About the Program

  • The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has set an ambitious vision to make cycling a safe and affordable option for more Chicagoans. In addition to connecting bike networks and increasing the number of low-stress and protected bike lane miles in the city, CDOT will facilitate more residents cycling through a bike distribution program.
  • Since launching in 2022, CDOT has distributed more than 2,000 bicycles and safety and maintenance equipment to age and income eligible residents through the Bike Chicago program.
  • In response to the overwhelming demand in 2022, with over 19,000 applications received, a lottery will be conducted using the existing applications to select the majority of bicycle recipients for 2023 and 2024. Bikes will also be distributed to some 2024 participants in CDOT mobility programming. 
  • Bikes will be distributed each Spring/Summer for the next four years until 5,000 bikes are distributed.


  • Chicago Residents 14 and older (those under 18 will need a Guardian’s signature on a liability waiver); AND
  • Have a household income at or below 100% of the Area Median Income for Chicago (see chart); AND
  • Do not already own a bicycle; AND
  • Residents that face higher mobility hardship (see map); OR
  • Participants in CDOT 2023 mobility programming (Green Corps and income qualifying Learn to Ride participants)
Household income at or below the Area Median Income by Household Size for Chicago

Area Median Income by Household Size*


















*Income limits are for the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL HUD Metro FMR Area.

How to Receive Your Bike

If you qualify for a bike and gear, the City will notify you of the pick-up location and timeframes. 

  • If you are a participant in the Green Corps Programs, the bike and accompanying equipment will be distributed through the program.
  • If you participate in a CDOT Learn to Ride class and are deemed eligible to receive a bike, staff will coordinate with you to pick up a bike and equipment at a City distribution site.