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Bike Chicago

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.
  • CDOT will distribute 5,000 bicycles, as well as safety and maintenance equipment, over the course of 4 years to age and income eligible residents.
  • For the first year of the program, the bikes will be distributed to participants in 2022 CDOT mobility programming (Green Corps, Learn to Ride, and Open Boulevard Events), and first come first serve for residents that qualify. Depending on demand, the City may implement a lottery for years 2-4 of the program for residents that qualify.
  • Online and paper applications for 2022 were accepted July 18th- August 4th. The application window for 2023 will be announced at a later date.
  • Bikes will be distributed each Spring/Summer for the next four years until 5,000 bikes are distributed.
Eligibility

  • 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 2022 mobility programming (Green Corps, Learn to Ride and Open Boulevard Events)
Household income at or below the Area Median Income by Household Size for Chicago

Area Median Income by Household Size*

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2

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4

5

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8

$73,000

$83,400

$93,800

$104,200

$112,600

$120,900

$129,300

$137,600

 

*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. For the first year of the program, the City is planning to distribute bikes in the summer and fall of 2022. 

  • 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 program, staff will coordinate with you to pick up a bike and equipment at a City distribution site.
  • If you participate in a CDOT Open Boulevards event, staff will coordinate with you to pick up a bike and equipment at a City distribution site.