A neighborhood great to ride in is a neighborhood great to buy in!

Find your next home by bike at two Active Trans events in Oak Park and Homewood.

Oak Park’s event is June 13 and Homewood's is June 19. 

Even if you’re not looking to purchase a home in the near future, these events promise to be fun rides, offering the rare chance to peek inside local houses.

Here are some details:

House-Hunting by Bike in Oak Park

When: June 13, 2010, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. (No pre-registration needed.)
What: Take a bike tour visiting homes for sale in Oak Park. Participants use a map to take the self-guided tour.
Where: Check in at the Pasta Shoppe & Café at 116 North Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park. This is where you pick up a map of the homes that are participating.
How it works: Participants pick up one ticket at each home. If you bring back four tickets to the Pasta Shoppe after the tour, you’ll get a coupon for a local store or restaurant.
Who: Active Transportation Alliance is co-sponsoring the event with the Oak Park Area Association of Realtors and the Oak Park Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Cost: Free

House-Hunting by Bike in Homewood

When: June 19, 2010, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
What: Tour a mapped route through Homewood with other homebuyers. Maps will highlight up to five homes in a range of prices currently on the market, as well as village parks, schools and amenities. Total tour time: 2-3 hours.
Where: The tour begins and ends at the Homewood Art Festival on Martin Avenue and Ridge Road (one block east of the Homewood Metra Station - bring your bike on the train!). Homewood is located about 25 miles south of the Loop.
Who: Active Transportation Alliance and the Village of Homewood.
How it works: Real estate agents will host showings at each stop, and “score cards” will include listing information for each house so you can follow up on your favorite homes. Enjoy a hosted luncheon after the tour at the art festival.
Registration: www.activetrans.org/homewoodgreenstreets. Registration deadline is 5 p.m., June 11.

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real estate values and walkability/bikability

Here's an interesting report from CEOs for Cities reinforcing the idea that a walkable/bikable neighborhood is a good investment: http://www.ceosforcities.org/work/walkingthewalk

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