Bicyclists of all ages are invited to pedal up and down Ridge Avenue during the City’s annual “Bike the Ridge” event on Sunday, September 30.
Mayor Hagerty will officially kick off the free, non-competitive City-sponsored special event at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Howard Street. Ridge Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic and open to bicycles from Howard to Church Streets until 1 p.m. Bicycles are not allowed on Ridge Avenue at any other time of the year.
Participants will enjoy live music from the Evanston School of Rock; a variety of food trucks; bike registration, repairs and decorating; and free bike helmets while supplies last. Most activities will take place at Ridgeville Park, 908 Seward St., and Alexander Park, Ridge Avenue at Grove Street.
Bike the Ridge is for those on non-motorized bicycles only; motorized bicycles or skateboards are not allowed. Children under age 18 are required to wear bike helmets per City of Evanston ordinance. Non-bicyclists can walk along Ridge Avenue sidewalks to support the bicyclists.
Residents along Ridge Avenue will not be able to use their driveways between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on September 30. Those planning to use their car during that time should park on a side street prior to 8 a.m. that morning.
Bike the Ridge is sponsored by the City of Evanston and is made possible by support from Ridgeville Park District, Presence Saint Francis Hospital, McGaw YMCA, Local Fire Union 742, Wheel & Sprocket, Bike and Roll Chicago, Bike Doc, Valli Produce and NorthShore University HealthSystem.
For more information, please visit cityofevanston.org/biketheridge or call/text the City of Evanston at 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents in Evanston may simply dial 311.