Much of Ridge Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic Sunday for the annual “Bike the Ridge” event.

Between Howard and Church streets, the main thoroughfare through Evanston will be shut down from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Anyone is free to ride the route in a non-motorized bicycle, but the city reminds residents that riders under the age of 18 are required by ordinance to wear helmets.

This event is sponsored by the City of Evanston. It is made possible by support from Ridgeville Park District, Presence Saint Francis Hospital, McGaw YMCA, Wiener and Still Champion (supplier of free meal coupons for volunteers), Local Fire Union 742, Wellness Revolution, Heaven Meets Earth Yoga Studio, Bike Doc, Wheel & Sprocket, Bike and Roll Chicago, Whole Foods Market/Evanston South, Krave Ice Cream and Hummingbird Kitchen.

Activities along the route include Ridgeville Park District’s “Fall Frenzy” with live music; bike registration, repairs and decorating; food trucks and more.

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...

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