Weekend events: two ciclovías, two Bloomingdale Trail charrettes, and two bike rides

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A car-free Ridge Avenue in Evanston, Illinois. Photo by Esther Chicago.

It’s a busy weekend for bicycling events and the next step in the Bloomingdale Trail design process. The weather forecast on AccuWeather.com shows sunny and 60°F on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Open Streets
10 AM to 3 PM
1 N State Street

Enjoy the ultimate urban playground as State Street opens for pedestrians only to play, walk, bike and enjoy healthy recreation in the heart of the Loop on a seven-block stretch of State Street, from Lake Street to Van Buren Street, into an urban playground for all ages, Saturday, October 1, from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Bloomingdale Trail Design Open House
3 PM to 6 PM
1834 N Lawndale Avenue

Drop in and meet the architects, designers and planners working on the framework plan for the next phase of the Bloomingdale Trail. Share your ideas and see the progress to date. (Repeats on Sunday, see below.)

Wrap up event on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, from 6-8 PM, same location.

Racketeers’s Alley Cat Ride & Birthday Bash
Registration at 3 PM, Birthday Bash at 7 PM
1329 W Grand Avenue

“Most Alley Cats are about speed, however, that’s not our style. We encourage a fun-spirited scavenger hunt to seek out our favorite spots that hold significance to The Racketeers. You will have 2.5 hours to leisurely find your way to our secret places.” (Grid Chicago is sponsoring a prize in this event.)

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The Racketeers BMX dance troupe. Photo by Justin Savage.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Evanston Bike the Ridge
9 AM to 1 PM
Ridge Avenue between Howard and Church Streets

The City of Evanston will close a 2-mile stretch of Ridge Avenue, normally closed to bicycling, to celebrate bikes, with live music, health screenings, and a fruit market and bake sale. City ordinance requires those 17 and younger to wear helmets.

47th Ward Bike Ride with Alderman Pawar
10 AM to 1 PM
2509 W Irving Park Road

Join Alderman Ameya Pawar as he leads a fun bike ride around the 47th Ward with free coffee, snacks and minor bike repairs at the start. Ride ends at the Ravenswood ArtWalk Festival.

Bloomingdale Trail Design Open House
5 PM to 7 PM
1834 N Lawndale Avenue

Drop in and meet the architects, designers and planners working on the framework plan for the next phase of the Bloomingdale Trail. Share your ideas and see the progress to date. (Repeats on Saturday, see above.)

Wrap up event on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, from 6-8 PM, same location.

 

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