By Brett Ratner
Much like that famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, the Winter Bike Swap always seems to mark the slow transition from winter into spring. For six years now, it’s served to helped unite the various factions of the Chicago bike community and get people thinking less about snow and more about...well...bikes.
Unfortunately, the 2015 event, which took place on Valentines Day, was hampered a bit by decidedly un-spring-like single digit temperatures. But while the turnout was a bit lower than last year’s swap (which enjoyed a high turnout, partly thanks to near spring-like weather), more than 100 hearty souls pedaled out to Jak’s Tap at 901 W Jackson to see old friends, chat with the local organizations, and pick up some odds and ends for their bikes.
For the second straight year, the swap was organized by The Chicagoland Bicycle Coalition. The Coalition sprang up out of some conversations leading up to last year's swap about forming a new bike advocacy. In addition to organizing the 2014 swap and a northwest side bike tour for the National Veterans Art Museum, in 2014 the Coalition raised money for Break the Gridlock and Bike Winter.
This year, with Chainlink members Lee Diamond, Kevin Conway and Katie Kolon at the helm, they aim to increase their contributions to the bike community. Among their focuses will be increasing the number of bicycle racks. Email email@example.com to learn more.
John and Sarah "Useful Bike Crap" Po Campo