Enjoy the beauty of our neighborhood on two wheels this Sunday morning, July 16th, as we tour Rogers Park during my 9th Annual 49th Ward Community Bike Ride.
The morning will start with registration and breakfast snacks at 7:30 a.m. at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis). We’ll kick off the bike ride promptly at 8:00 a.m. with a one-hour tour of Rogers Park.
Halfway through the ride our good friends at Roberts Cycle will host a water break and we’ll hear about the decades of service this neighborhood business has provided the cyclist community. Our tour will conclude at the Glenwood Sunday Market where our farmer’s market will host its annual Bike Day.
The Chicago Bicycling Ambassadors will provide a safety escort and will be on hand to answer questions about the rules of the road for cyclists. For everyone’s safety, we ask that all bike riders be at least 16 years of age.
Traffic Sunday morning is light and the morning air is fresh–the perfect time for a bike ride.
Each year we explore another part of Rogers Park and the 49th Ward. In recognition of the “Year of Public Art,” this year we’ll bike past some of the artistic works that make the 49th Ward a destination community for artists and art lovers. Included on our tour are many of the murals funded through the 49th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting Process, as well as artistic works commissioned by the Rogers Park Business Alliance, the Chicago Park District, Loyola University and individual artists.
Along the way, we’ll see our beautiful lakefront, catch a glimpse of our commercial districts, ride through Loyola University stunning Lakeshore campus and visit some areas of Rogers Park that may be off your beaten path.
Our tour will conclude at the Glenwood Sunday Market, which is hosting a special bike-themed event this Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Look for games, prizes, and special guests, including the city’s Bicycle Ambassadors (offering bike safety information and free helmet fittings) and The Recyclery and ChainLinks (providing complimentary bike tune-ups on a first come, first served basis).
Park your bike at the bicycle parking lot located at the Lunt entrance to the Morse Red Line stop and shop at one of the best farmers markets in Chicago!
Those who don’t have a bike, but would like to join our tour, can take advantage of the Divvy Bike Share program. Simply go to a Divvy Bike station close to your home, rent one of the Divvy bikes and ride over to my office for the tour. To view a map of Divvy Bike station locations, click here. Zoom in on the Rogers Park portion of the map to see the locations in our neighborhood.
For your convenience, a Divvy station is located on Jarvis, just around the corner from my office. Keep in mind Divvy riders must return their bike to a Divvy station every 30 minutes to recharge. Our bike tour will pass by a number of the Divvy station sites, so you’ll be able to recharge your bike during the course of our tour.
Whether you’re a hardcore bicycling enthusiast, or simply want to spend a nice summer morning riding your bike through the neighborhood, the 49th Ward Community Bike Ride is the place to be.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday morning, July 16!