A certified bicycling instructor from the League of American Bicyclists will lead an evening bike ride and instruction including the basics of bicycling, helmet wearing, equipment care, riding in a group and "street-smart" riding along with treats after the ride. The event is co-sponsored by the Starved Rock Cycling Association and the Ottawa Parks and Recreation Department.
The rides and instruction will be offered in two groups from 5 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, and Wednesday, June 26 in the Bethel Lutheran Church parking lot, 651 Madison St., Ottawa. Entry fee is $5. A rain date has been set for Thursday, June 27.
Level one instruction is intended for new attendees ages 10 and older, entering between fourth and eighth grade. Level two instruction is intended for those who have previously attended level one and not older than those entering ninth grade.
Participants are encouraged to participate in both groups.
A helmet is mandatory. Riders are encouraged to bring bikes in good condition with water, snack and light if possible. A reflective safety vest will be provided.
Preregistration is recommended at ottawarecreation.org on the "2019 brochure" page. For registration questions, call the city at 815-434-7292.
For bike questions, email email@example.com.