The annual Bike the Ridge event will take place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Ridge Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic between Howard and Church Streets. Bicycles are not allowed on Ridge Avenue at any other time, so community members are invited to enjoy this free, non-competitive, City-sponsored special event!

The ride officially starts at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Howard Street. During the event, bicyclists may ride on Ridge Avenue anywhere between Howard Street and Church Street. Children under age 18 are required to wear bike helmets per City of Evanston ordinance.

This event is for those on non-motorized bicycles only (motorized bicycles or skateboards are not allowed). Non-bicyclists can walk along the Ridge Avenue sidewalks and support the bicyclists.

Children are encouraged to decorate their bicycles in advance and show them off during the ride. There will be live music featuring the Evanston School of Rock; bike registration, repairs and decorating; and free bike helmets while supplies last. Lunch and treats may be purchased from a variety of food trucks. Most activities will take place at Ridgeville Park, 908 Seward St.

PLEASE NOTE: Residents along Ridge Avenue will not be able to use their driveways between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on September 25. If residents plan to use a car, they should park it on a side street before 8 a.m. that morning.

This event is sponsored by the City of Evanston and made possible by support from Ridgeville Park District, Presence Saint Francis Hospital, McGaw YMCA, Local Fire Union 742, Wheel & Sprocket, Bike and Roll, and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

For more information, please visit or call/text the City of Evanston at 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents in Evanston may simply dial 311.