Bloomingdale Park District plans bike event for all

By Marissa Plescia
Updated 5/29/2018 9:18 PM

It doesn't matter if you've got a racing bike or if you're still on training wheels: There's a spot for you on Saturday in the second annual Bike Bloomingdale.

Sponsored by the park district, the event features three courses designed to meet the needs of riders of all skill levels.


Park district Executive Director Carrie Fullerton says the event aims to bring community members together so they can exercise and get a little fresh air.

"It brings together physical activity and an opportunity to enjoy being outdoors with some of your neighbors," Fullerton said. "We have a lot of biking enthusiasts in town, so I'm hoping we get a really good turnout."

The courses provide a 6.7-mile ride for advanced bikers; a 4-mile ride for intermediate riders; and a 1.5-mile trek for beginners.

All children must be accompanied by a riding adult.

"Last year we had kids with training wheels all the way up to active adults, everybody who can ride their bike at least a mile," Fullerton said.

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The 1.5-mile loop will go through Westlake Park and back through Circle Park. The 6.7- and 4-mile loops go through parks, forest preserves and residential areas.

One happy note for folks driving four-wheel vehicles: No roads will be blocked because of the event.

Before the ride begins, police will sponsor a Bike Rodeo at 10 a.m., where kids can pick up a variety of safety tips.

In addition, hot dogs and chips will be served, and there will be giveaways and raffles.

Last year's ride was in April and the weather didn't cooperate, Fullerton said.

"It was super cold and rainy," Fullerton said, "so we decided to move the event and coordinate (it) with the opening of the swimming pool, so after people ride their bikes, they can enjoy the pool."

The event is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Circle Park, 163 Fairfield Way. Check-in for the ride is at 10:30 a.m.

People can register on-site, but those who register early will receive a free T-shirt.

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