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  • Bicycle commuters stop at a Bike Pit Stop for free coffee, water and minor repairs at 1337 N. Wells St. as part of Active Transportation Alliance's Bike Commuter Challenge, a series of events celebrating Bike to Work Week.
Bicycle commuters stop at a Bike Pit Stop for free coffee, water and minor… (Michael Tercha/Chicago…)
May 30, 2013|Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco

Don't want to deal with traffic on Lake Shore Drive or the expressways? Hate waiting for the bus? Looking for a good workout?

Ride your bike to work.

Chicago Bike to Work Week, hosted by the Active Transportation Alliance, runs June 8-14.

"This is a chance to make your commute the highlight of your day," Melody Geraci, Active Transportation Alliance deputy executive director, said in a news release.

"With increased awareness of commuting options that can improve the quality of life for everyone, we expect more people than ever to participate in the weeklong event that celebrates the two-wheeled commute."

Cyclists commuting to and from work during the week can stop by any of the nearly two dozen pit stops listed here for free Clif bars, coffee and a safety check.

The Bike to Work Week also features the Bike Commuter Challenge where more than 450 Chicago area businesses, nonprofits and agencies compete for bragging rights on who can get the highest percentage of employees to bike to work.

Other festivities include a free yoga class at noon June 10 at Daley Plaza and free outdoor spin classes in Millennium Park by Cloud Gate, (aka the bean), at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. June 10-12 and at 5:30 p.m. June 13.

The week will culminate with a Bike to Work rally at 7 a.m. June 14 at Daley Plaza where there will be live music and a free continental breakfast from 7-Eleven for cyclists.

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