Bike the Ridge

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Join us on Sunday, September 30, 2018 for the Annual Bike the Ridge ride! Ridge Avenue will be closed to ALL vehicular traffic between Howard and Church Streets.

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

Bike the Ridge bike_logoThe ride will take place on Sunday, September 30, 2018 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 30. If residents plan to use a car, they should park it on a side street before 8 a.m. that morning.


You 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 or at the event and then show them off.


Most activities will take place at Ridgeville Park, 908 Seward St. and Alexander Park, Ridge Ave. at Grove St. 

  • Live Music featuring the Evanston School of Rock
  • Free Bike Helmets (while supplies last)
  • Bike Repairs
  • Bike Registration
  • Bike Decorating

Food trucks: Hummingbird Kitchen, Krave: Chicago-style Hot Dog Cart, Beaver's Coffee & Donuts; Amanecer Tacos and La Cocinita Restaurant are scheduled to participate. NorthShore University HealthSystem will provide lemonade and hot chocolate.


Non-bicyclists can walk along the sidewalks of Ridge Avenue and support the bicyclists. Pedestrians should NOT walk in the street.

2018 Bike the Ridge Supporters

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 742Wheel & Sprocket, Bike and Roll Chicago, Bike Doc, Valli Produce and Northshore University HealthSystem.