ALBANY PARK — A paleta crawl and park-to-park family bike ride are just of the few events designed to get folks moving in Albany Park this summer.
Go Albany Park, announced in January, is now underway and will run through Sept. 30. The goal of the program, a collaboration between the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Active Transportation Alliance, is to encourage residents to walk, bike and take public transportation more frequently.
Go Albany Park is designed to showcase things to do in Albany Park, and how to get there via walking, biking or public transportation. [Facebook/Go Albany Park]
Ambassadors Lizbeth Marin and Zach Auger, both students at North Park University, will be leading the charge, organizing activities and distributing "Go Kits" full of resources like bike maps, walking guides and information on car-share services.
Neighbors can request a free customized Go Kit online. The Go Albany Park website, available in English and Spanish, contains additional tips and information, broken out by chosen mode of transportation.
Get used to these faces: Go Albany Park ambassadors Zach Auger and Lizbeth Marin. [Facebook/Go Albany Park]
Events are continually being added to the calendar, all of them free. Highlights of what's been scheduled so far:
June 15: Bikes 'N' Roses Bike to Work Week Pit Stop, 6:30-9 a.m., 3448 W. Lawrence Ave. Pick up snacks, a bike shop coupon and more goodies.
June 24: Divvy Demo Day at Kimball and Kedzie Brown Line stations, 4-7 p.m. The city's bike-share program recently expanded into Albany Park. Find out how it works, and nab a free 24-hour Divvy pass if you're one of the first 20 people to stop by.
July 19: Family Bike Tour of Playgrounds of Albany Park, 1-3 p.m., meet at Ravenswood Manor Park, 4626 N. Manor Ave. Pick up a "passport" and ride from playground to playground exploring the neighborhood's numerous pocket parks. Visit each one and win a prize.
July 26: Paleta Paseo, 4-6 p.m., meet at La Michoacana Premium, 3108 W. Lawrence Ave. A great way to get to know Albany Park, one paleta shop at a time. Burn off the icy treats as you walk.
Here's what you missed at last year's Paleta Paseo. [DNAinfo/Patty Wetli]
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