Bike the Ridge returns to Evanston from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 28.

Ridge Avenue will be closed to motorized traffic between Howard and Church streets, allowing bicyclists to enjoy the non-competitive, city-sponsored event!

The event is limited to those on non-motorized bicycles only (motorized bicycles or skateboards are not allowed). Non-bicyclists can walk along the sidewalks of Ridge Avenue and support the bicyclists. Normally bicycles are banned from Ridge Avenue.

Participants who wish to kick off the official start of the ride should meet at the intersection of Ridge and Howard at 9 a.m. Children under age 18 are required to wear bike helmets per City of Evanston ordinance.

A wide variety of free activities will also take place along the route, including Ridgeville Park District’s “Fall Frenzy” with live music; bike registration, repairs and decorating; and quadcycle rides. Additionally, free snacks and water will be available; lunch or treats will be available for purchase from food trucks located on site.  

This year, an expanded Health and Wellness Corner will be hosted at Grey Park, on Ridge at Main Street. The Wellness Corner will offer massage by Wellness Revolution, yoga classes from Heaven Meets Earth Yoga Studio and exercise classes by CrossFit E-town.

More information is available online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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