Pull out the bikes and park the cars. Bikes rule when Bike the Ridge returns Sunday morning, Oct. 4.

For three hours, from 9 a.m. to noon, bicyclists can bike a two-mile stretch of Ridge Avenue, from Howard Street to Church Street, a road normally closed to bicycles. To accommodate Bike the Ridge, this section of Ridge Avenue will be closed to all motorized traffic from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day.

Bike the Ridge officially hits the road at 9 a.m. when Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl leads riders from the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Howard Street.

Bikers are welcome to start at either end of the ride or join in anywhere along the route. Kids under age 14 who decorate their bikes will get a prize. Those who prefer walking to pedaling can also join in the event by strolling along the sidewalks.


Pull out the bikes and park the cars. Bikes rule when Bike the Ridge returns Sunday morning, Oct. 4.

For three hours, from 9 a.m. to noon, bicyclists can bike a two-mile stretch of Ridge Avenue, from Howard Street to Church Street, a road normally closed to bicycles. To accommodate Bike the Ridge, this section of Ridge Avenue will be closed to all motorized traffic from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day.

Bike the Ridge officially hits the road at 9 a.m. when Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl leads riders from the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Howard Street.

Bikers are welcome to start at either end of the ride or join in anywhere along the route. Kids under age 14 who decorate their bikes will get a prize. Those who prefer walking to pedaling can also join in the event by strolling along the sidewalks.

Along the route, located in parks along Ridge, riders and walkers can visit with a variety of clubs and organizations, get their bikes repaired, buy a hot dog or drink some tea.

Bike the Ridge is sponsored by the City of Evanston and supported by the Evanston Bicycle Club, Ridgeville Park District, Saint Francis Hospital, the McGaw YMCA, Oakton School PTA, Wiener and Still Champion, St. Nichols Church, Turin Bicycle Shop, Argo Tea and Krave Ice Cream.

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  1. bike Chicago Ave?
    Bicycles are banned on Ridge for safety reasons…but what about Chicago Ave? Yesterday around 6:30 I took Chicago from the Main Library all the way to South, and there were several bikers along the Great Wall from Main to South. This seems like a terrible place to bike – especially around sundown. I don’t recall any signs prohibiting bicycles here. How is this any safer than Ridge?

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