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2023 Let’s Ride, Illinois!

Taking place from September 8 through 17 with casual, family-friendly rides around the state, 2023 Let’s Ride, Illinois is a celebration of the freedom and benefits that riding a bike offers.

The associated, community bike rides (no more than 10 miles) are free of charge and open to all. This event encourages adults and children from Rockford to Cairo (and all places in between) to enjoy a casual bike ride with their neighbors and to experience their community by bike.

Learn about the 2022 event at rideillinois.org/events/lets-ride-illinois-2022/.

Want to help Ride Illinois promote the many benefits of biking for recreation and transportation in your community? If so, you can register a ride today!

Find a Ride

The map below shows the locations of the casual, community bike rides that have been scheduled for 2023. Click any icon to learn more about a specific ride, including contact information for the ride leader.

Register a Ride

Bike clubs, local bike shops, community organizations, municipalities, businesses, and individuals are encouraged to plan a fun, casual bike ride in their community. The more rides and participants in this event, the greater the impact it will have. After all, riding a bike is a lot fun! Click the button below to register a ride associated with 2023 Let’s Ride, Illinois!

Tools for Organizers

Ride Illinois has developed some materials to assist with planning fun, meaningful, successful rides. Click the links below for additional information and resources.

Planning Meetings

Organizers are invited to attend  Zoom meetings, hosted by Ride Illinois, to ask questions, share ideas and plan a meaningful ride.

  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2023 Planning Session: overview, assistance with planning, Q&A session. 
  • 12 p.m. Wednesday, August 9, 2023 Planning Session: overview, assistance with planning, Q&A session. View the recording here.
  • View the 2021 Let’s Ride, Illinois Planning Session: overview and planning assistance. LINK to recording.
  • View the 2022 Let’s Ride, Illinois Planning Session: overview, assistance with planning, Q&A session. LINK to recording.
  • 12 p.m. Tuesday, September 26, 2023 Debrief and Feedback Session: Join us for this Zoom meeting to learn about each other’s successes and brainstorm on how to make Let’s Ride, Illinois even better for 2024! Register here

Contact us at community@rideillinois.org with questions, comments, and suggestions related to planning your community ride. Thanks

Have Some Fun!

Be sure to add some fun elements to your community’s ride. Include a stop at local businesses, plan a scavenger hunt, have a raffle, ride to an historical site…the sky’s the limit! More adults and children on bikes results in healthier, more livable communities.

Let’s ride, Illinois!

Support Ride Illinois

Ride Illinois is a nonprofit bike advocacy organization working to make Illinois better through biking! We are a member-supported organization. If you appreciate the work we do on behalf of cyclists of all ages and abilities in Illinois, please become a member or make a donation. Thanks!

Statement of Risk

Please understand there are inherent risks associated with cycling, including bike breakdowns, crashes, unpredictable or dangerous traffic, challenging terrain and weather, and physical over-exertion. The list is not exhaustive and it is each rider’s personal responsibility to educate themselves, ride responsibly, and exercise sound judgment in order to minimize these risks. By participating in a ride associated with this event, you acknowledge that you are aware of these inherent risks and take full responsibility to ride safely and responsibly in order to enhance your own safety and the safety of others.