Bicyclists of all ages are invited to pedal up and down Ridge Avenue in Evanston during the annual Bike the Ridge event on Sunday, Sept. 26.

Evanston Police Sergeant Tracy Williams patrols a previous Bike the Ridge event. (Photo by Steve Lemieux-Jordan, Evanston Photographic Studios)

Ridge Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic and open to bicycles from Howard to Church streets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 26 during this free, noncompetitive City-sponsored special event.

Mayor Daniel Biss will kick off Bike the Ridge at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Ridge and Howard. 

During the event, participants are invited to stop by Ridgeville Park, 908 Seward St., to enjoy live music from the Evanston School of Rock, food trucks and bike repairs. 

Health and safety guidelines

To ensure a safe event for everyone, the City is asking all participants to follow these health and safety guidelines:

  • Participants who are not fully vaccinated must wear a face covering when unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
  • Individuals should stay home if they are sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Children under age 18 are required to wear bike helmets per City of Evanston ordinance.
  • Bike the Ridge is for those on nonmotorized bicycles only; motorized bicycles and skateboards are not allowed.

Nonbicyclists are encouraged to walk along Ridge sidewalks to support the bicyclists. Bicycles are not allowed on Ridge at any other time of the year.

Reminder for Ridge residents

Residents along Ridge will not be able to use their driveways between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 26. 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, NorthShore University HealthSystem and AMITA Health Saint Francis Hospital Evanston.

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

Source: City of Evanston