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Cyclists bike the Ridge

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Cyclists of all ages biked up and down Ridge Avenue between Howard Street and Church Street today during the annual Bike the Ridge event. 

Cyclists riding on Ridge Avenue between Howard Street and Church Street during the city-sponsored Bike the Ridge event today.

Cyclists of all ages biked up and down Ridge Avenue between Howard Street and Church Street today during the annual Bike the Ridge event. 

Normally forbidden to bikers, Ridge Avenue was closed to all vehicular traffic between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. as part of the city-sponsored event. Residents and some out-of-towners cycled up and down the route, enjoying both the sunny early fall day and each other's company. 

Sisters and Evanston residents Annette Logan and Cheryl Brown came to the event to get some exercise and mingle with friends. 

Annette Logan and Cheryl Brown at the city-sponsored Bike the Ridge event today.

"It's very relaxing," Logan said. 

Young cyclists take a break from riding at the city-sponsored Bike the Ridge event today. 

"I think it's a great event," said Evanston resident Karen Taira. "It promotes biking as a mode of transportation, and it's just fun."

Cyclists riding on Ridge Avenue during the city-sponsored Bike the Ridge event today.

"We look forward to it each year," said Rogers Park resident Elise Cieloha, who came to the event with her family. "It's such a safe way to ride and it's not overly crowded."

"There's not many times where you can just bike in the street," said 11-year-old Evanston resident Nicholas James, who came to the event with his grandfather, Loyd Brown of Iowa. 

Nicholas James and his grandfather Loyd Brown at the city-sponsored Bike the Ridge event today.

"We bike a lot, but Miles just learned to ride," said Evanston resident Kate Engler, referring to her 5-year-old son. "This is his first taste of freedom."

Engler said the event provides a safe space for children and families to ride in a busy city, as well as a place to meet each other.

"It feels like everybody comes out for this," she said. 

 

 

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