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‘Bike the Ridge’ event set for Sept. 25

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Evanston'sannual Bike the Ridge event will take place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25., with Ridge Avenue closed to all vehicular traffic between Howard and Church Streets.

This is a big deal, as bicycles are not allowed on Ridge Avenue at any other time.

The ride officially starts at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Howard Street. During the event, bicyclists may ride on Ridge Avenue anywhere between Howard Street and Church Street. Children under age 18 are required to wear bike helmets per City of Evanston ordinance.

This event is for those on non-motorized bicycles only (motorized bicycles or skateboards are not allowed). Non-bicyclists can walk along the Ridge Avenue sidewalks and support the bicyclists.

Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes and show them off during the ride. There will be live music, featuring the Evanston School of Rock; bike registration, repairs and decorating; and free bike helmets while supplies last.

Lunch and treats may be purchased from a variety of food trucks. Most activities will take place at Ridgeville Park, 908 Seward St.

The city would like to warn residents along Ridge Avenue that they will not be able to use their driveways between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. that dayIf residents plan to use a car, they should park it on a side street before 8 a.m.

This event is sponsored by the City of Evanston and made possible by support from Ridgeville Park District, Presence Saint Francis Hospital, McGaw YMCA, Local Fire Union 742, Wheel & Sprocket, Bike and Roll, and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Additional information is available on the city's website.

Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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