Cyclists get free reign over Lake Shore Drive during annual bike event

CHICAGO — It’s the one time of year where Lake Shore Drive is completely closed down to car traffic for several hours, giving bikers a freedom on the road they rarely see during Bike the Drive.

On a picture-perfect morning with the warm sun beating down, bikers of all ages, colors, shapes and sizes breezed down the drive Sunday, stopping at the Museum of Science and Industry in the south and Bryn Mawr in the north. Popular bike trends this year included folding bikes, recumbent bikes and electric bikes.

As another successful Bike the Drive coasted to a close, weary cyclists got a second wind with an afterparty in Grant Park, while others rode off into the sunset.