Pull out your bicycles and park the car! Bikes rule when “Bike the Ridge” returns on Sunday, Sept. 30.
For four hours, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., bicyclists can ride on a two-mile stretch of Ridge Avenue, from Howard Street to Church Street, a road normally closed to bikes.
To accommodate Bike the Ridge, this section of Ridge Avenue in Evanston will be closed to all motor vehicles. Only non-motorized bikes will be allowed during the event — no motorized bikes or skateboards. And riders under age 18 must wear a bike helmet, as required by city ordinance.
To kick off the event, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl will lead riders northbound at 9 a.m. from the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Howard Street.
Cyclists can start at either end or join anywhere along the route. Those who prefer walking to pedaling can stroll along the sidewalks. Riders and walkers are invited to take part in activities along the route.
Bike the Ridge is sponsored by the City of Evanston and made possible by support from Ridgeville Park District, St. Francis Hospital, Ten 27 Cycles, McGaw YMCA, St. Nicholas Church, Wiener and Still Champion, Oakton School PTA, Bike Doc, Krave Ice Cream, Argo Tea Café,Hummingbird Kitchen, The Recyclery,, School of Rock-Evanston and Whole Foods Market/Evanston South.