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Bike the Ridge participants in 2018.

Evanston bicyclists today are celebrating their one chance all year to ride on Ridge Avenue.

The event kicked off at 9 a.m. at Ridge and Howard Street. The road, normally barred to bikes, will be closed to all motor vehicle traffic until 1 p.m.


Mayor Steve Hagerty chatting with cyclists at Howard Street

Mayor Hagerty officially kicked off the free, non-competitive city-sponsored event.

Along the route from Howard to Church Street 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.

Children under age 18 are required to wear bike helmets by City of Evanston ordinance. Non-bicyclists can walk along Ridge Avenue sidewalks to support the bicyclists.

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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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