Bike the Ridge

Bike the Ridge

Join us on Sunday, September 25, 2016 for the Annual Bike the Ridge ride! Ridge Avenue will be closed to ALL vehicular traffic between Howard and Church Streets.

bike the ridgeBicycles are not allowed on Ridge Avenue at any other time, so come out and enjoy this non-competitive, City-sponsored special event!

The ride will take place on Sunday, September 25, 2016 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Ridge Avenue will be closed to ALL vehicular traffic  from Howard to Church Streets. This event is limited to those on non-motorized bicycles only (motorized bicycles or skateboards are not allowed).

PLEASE NOTE: Residents along Ridge Avenue will not be able to use their driveways between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on September 25. If residents plan to use a car, they should park it on a side street before 8 a.m. that morning.


BikeTheRidgeKickoff_web0694.jpgYou are invited to join the official start of the ride at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Howard Street. You may bike Ridge Avenue from Howard Street to Church Street and back again or anywhere in the middle. Children under age 18 are required to wear bike helmets per City of Evanston ordinance.

Ride in Style


Children are encouraged to decorate their bicycles in advance and then show them off.



Expect to enjoy a wide range of family-friendly events and bicycle-related activities (such as free bike registration), plus visits from food trucks.


Non-bicyclists can walk along the sidewalks of Ridge Avenue and support the bicyclists.


These are the terrific 2015 Bike the Ridge Sponsors! The list of 2016 sponsors will be updated later this summer.

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, Bike Doc, Wheel & Sprocket, Bike and Roll Chicago, and Whole Foods Market/Evanston South.