Again this year,

Ridge Avenue

will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Church to Howard streets, and Bike the Ridge will officially hit the road at 9 a.m. when Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl leads riders from the intersection of

Ridge Avenue

and

Howard Street

.

Bikers are welcome to start at either end of the ride or join in anywhere along the route. Kids under age 14 who decorate their bikes can enter a bike-decorating contest. Those who prefer walking to pedaling can also join in the event by strolling along the sidewalks. Along the route, riders and walkers can visit with a variety of clubs and organizations, which will be located in parks along

Ridge Avenue

. 

From 9 a.m. to noon, graduates of the Evanston Police Academy will register bicycles on behalf of the Evanston Police Department near Ridgeville Park.  If bicycles are lost or stolen and the police recover them, through registration they can be identified and returned to their owners.

Anjana Hansen, retired Ninth Ward alderman, said, “This is a real community-City partnership. It is sponsored by the City, but the community is involved in many ways. We have a lot more attractions this year, and a lot of volunteers. We’ll have a hot-dog vendor, Argo Tea will be giving out samples, and Turin Bicycle will give prizes for decorated kids’ bikes.”  She said she hopes the event will continue to grow each year.