Bank of America sponsors Bike the Drive

The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation today announced Bank of America as title sponsor of Chicago's Bike the Drive through 2009.

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Published January 18, 2007 by ABC7Chicago.com 

The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation today announced Bank of America as title sponsor of Chicago's Bike the Drive through 2009.

Produced in cooperation with the City of Chicago and considered one of the nation's largest car-free recreational bicycle rides, the Bank of America Bike the Drive raises funds to improve bicycling in the region by turning Chicago's legendary Lake Shore Drive over to cyclists for four hours.

To celebrate the new three-year sponsorship and help mark the company's 150-year history in Chicago, Bank of America will award a combined 150 bicycles to the Federation's neighborhood programs and other bank-supported community organizations, as well as through local marketing initiatives. Bank of America also named former Chicago Bears safety Gary Fencik – who participates in the annual ride with his family – honorary starter for the 2007 event on Sunday, May 27.

"Bank of America's support extends the work of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation to get more people on bicycles and enjoying healthy, active lifestyles," said Fencik.

"Bank of America is proud of our association with Bike the Drive to underscore the value of a healthy lifestyle and to promote bicycling as a family-fun activity," said John Brennan, president, Bank of America Chicago. "We are pleased to incorporate Bike the Drive into our 150-year celebration and to have one of Chicago's most beloved athletes as ambassador for the event, helping us grow the region's thriving bicycling community."

Online registration for event opens, Friday, January 19 at bikethedrive.org .