What You Will Do
On a Bike & Build Community Ride, participants hop on a bike and ride throughout their city to meet with housing leaders and changemakers. They’ll learn about the challenges their city faces, affordable housing victories, and how they can get involved.
Who You Will Meet
Participants will meet with 3 affordable housing organizations to learn about their work and how they can get involved.
La Casa Norte’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.
Landon Bone Baker Architects is a Chicago-based architectural practice established in 1987 that is distinguished by its community-based approach. An innovative leader and hands-on champion of affordable housing and neighborhood planning, LBBA believes good design should be available to all
Bringing holistic revitalization to the lives and environments of Lawndale residents through economic empowerment, housing improvements, educational enrichments and community advocacy. The Dr. King Legacy Apartments, affordable rental units, and the MLK Fair Housing Exhibit Center are the first phase of the MLK District built to honor Dr. King’s work for fair housing.
Habitat Chicago is committed to seeing Chicago thrive. By partnering with committed residents and trusted organizations, they help families and communities achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through housing, beautification and development projects.
How You Will Get There
Grab a helmet and a bike, we are going for a ride! On this ride, you can bring your own bike (BYOB) or use the local bike share system.
Need Equipment? Contact us at [email protected]!
COVID Protocol: Bike & Build will ensure that all Community Ride participants, leaders, and organizational partners follow updated CDC guidelines to mitigate the risk of contracting and/or spreading COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and provide up to date details for all of our participants and partners.
8 hours, 10-12 miles
9 AM: Group meets at Humboldt Park “Route Meeting” to review the day’s partners, a general route overview, and safety protocols for the ride.
10 AM: Ride to La Casa Norte
10:15 – 11:15 AM: Learn about La Casa Norte’s work
11:15 AM: Ride to lunch spot
11:50 – 12:30 PM: Lunch
12:30 PM: Hear from Neighbors for Affordable Housing
1 PM: Ride to MLK Legacy Apartments
1:30 – 2 PM: Arrive MLK Legacy Apartments and participate in a site visit
2 – 2:30 PM: Depart for Habitat for Humanity Chicago
2:30 PM: Hear from Habitat for Humanity about their work
3:30 PM: Group discussion and reflection about the day, highlights & takeaways
4 PM: Goodbye!
Community Rides FAQ
Your $50 fee for this ride can be considered a donation to Bike & Build so we can continue designing and implementing an array of programming to impact affordable housing and engage people in the cause. In addition, the funds will enable Bike & Build to work with a Ride Coordinator to:
- Organize cycling safety basics trainings
- Coordinate with local affordable housing organizations
- Provide lunch
- Secure sufficient insurance coverage for the ride
Everyone is welcome to BYOBike, but if you don’t have one then you have a few options.
- Bike & Build will work with your Ride Coordinator to communicate with local bike shops about potential rentals
- Bike share! Most cities have bike share options (Citibike, Indego, Lyft, etc) that are likely suitable for these rides.
If you want to participate, Bike & Build will work with you to make sure you have the wheels to get you through the ride.
These rides will range from 10-25 miles and last about 6-8 hours. Each ride will include meetings with housing-related groups in your community, lunch stops, and water breaks. We’ll be giving you the tools to make sure you have a safe and impactful experience with us including cycling safety trainings, urban riding basics and assistance with finding a bike (if needed).
Safety is our biggest priority whether it’s on the bike, on a build site, or however you are participating in our programs.
Bike & Build will ensure that all Community Ride participants, leaders, and organizational partners follow updated CDC guidelines to mitigate the risk of contracting and/or spreading COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and provide up to date details for all of our participants and partners.