Bike to Work Week June 16-23
Evanston commuters are encouraged to trade their gas pedals for bike pedals during Bike to Work Week, June 16 to 23, 2017.
As part of Bike to Work Week, the Active Transportation Alliance is sponsoring a free Bike Commuter Challenge, June 16-30. Commuters are encouraged to take advantage of this healthy, non-polluting transportation option by biking all or part of the way to work at least once during the two-week challenge. Bicyclists can join their employer’s team or start their own team at bikecommuterchallenge.org.
In addition to participating in the Bike Commuter Challenge, bicyclists are invited to enjoy a number of special events throughout the week, including:
Bike to Work Week Commuter Breakfast, June 16
On Friday, June 16, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., bicyclists can grab a quick breakfast snack to go at the Chicago Ave./Main St. branch library, 900 Chicago Ave.; Everyday Cycles & Motion, 941 Chicago Ave.; and Raymond Park, Lake St. and Chicago Ave. Free bike tune-ups by Wheel & Sprocket and The Pony Shop will be available at Raymond Park.
Bike to Work Week Divvy Ride, June 16
On Friday, June 16 at 9 a.m., Main-Dempster Mile merchants will support Bike to Work Week by commuting to work via Divvy Bike.
Bike Expo, June 18
On Sunday, June 18, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., local cycling organizations and bike shops will be on hand in the Evanston Public Library’s Community Meeting Room, 1703 Orrington Ave., for a Bike Expo. The free event will feature games, giveaways, helmet-fitting, bike registration and fun presentations. Learn about the history of biking in Evanston; find out about City bicycle initiatives, like the Sheridan Road and Fountain Square improvement projects and Divvy Bike program; and get practical advice, such as how to choose the best bike for you.
In addition to the City’s Bike to Work Week festivities, the McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove St., will host “Bike to the Y Week” June 12-16. A variety of programs and giveaways will be offered throughout the week. For details, visit mcgawymca.org/events or call 847-475-7400.
Also leading up to Bike to Work Week, the Frances Willard Historical Association will honor the 200th anniversary of the first bicycle ride (June 12, 1817) by offering special tours of the Willard House on Sunday, June 11, where Willard’s bicycle, "Gladys," will be a featured guest. Tours take place at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Frances Willard House is located at 1730 Chicago Ave.
Community members are encouraged to follow @BikeEvanston on Twitter for transportation information, news and resources.
For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.