The Campaign for a Free and Clear Lakefront is a grassroots coalition to remove Lakeshore Drive from Grant Park, and eventually the entire Chicago shoreline.

Cyclists Envision Carfree Chicago Lakefront

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Press Release
For Immediate Release

Burnham Bike Ride Back to the Future

What: Burnham’s Vision Ride, a Free 2-Hour Bike Ride to Explore a Carfree Future for Chicago’s Lakefront

When: Saturday, June 7, 2003, 1pm, meet at Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn

Who: 50 Chicago Cyclists and Others Concerned about the Misuse of Urban Public Space

The lakefront is Chicago’s crown jewel-- our mostly open and clear shoreline makes us unique among the cities of the Great Lakes and draws millions of tourists and locals each year seeking quiet enjoyment and recreation.

We can thank our forbearers for bequeathing the city an unencumbered shoreline. Such visionaries as the Canal Commission of 1836 who first proclaimed the shoreline shall remain “Forever open, clear and free” and Daniel Burnham, who in his 1909 Plan for Chicago stated, “ the slopes leading down to the water should be quiet stretches of green,” have played essential roles in preserving the lakefront as an open space.

Unfortunately, there also have been major violations of Chicago’s open lakefront-- most notably the construction of an 8-lane superhighway known as Lake Shore Drive.

On June 24, more than 50 cyclists will join Chicago's premier Daniel Burnham impersonator for Burnham’s Vision Ride, a leisurely tour along the lakefront in order to see the shoreline through Burnham's eyes and begin planning activities to create a Chicago lakefront free of the noise, pollution, and dangers associated with Lake Shore Drive.

The ride is sponsored by the Campaign for a Free and Clear Lakefront, a grass roots coalition working to remove Lake Shore Drive from Grant Park and eventually from the entire length of the Chicago shoreline.

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