Riders will start between 7:30 and 10:00 a.m.
This year’s ride will feature two new routes, of 17 and 27 miles, that are almost all on bike trails. These routes will use the Old Plank Road Trail and Thorn Creek Trail with a rest stop in Glenwood.
Longer routes of 36, 45, 58 and 79 miles will head south on lightly traveled, paved roads over gently rolling countryside.
Rest stops along the route provide riders with fruit, drinks, sandwiches, and homemade cookies. After the ride, participants are invited to stop in at Village Hall for music, a massage (for a fee) and more refreshments, including traditional Easter egg salad sandwiches.
The fee for the ride is $20 for pre-registrants before April 15 and $25 thereafter. The fee entitles riders to a map of the routes, access to all rest stops, SAG support, and parking.
Short and long sleeve t-shirts with this year’s Easter Ride logo may be ordered for an additional fee with pre-registration before April 15. A registration form is available at local bike shops or may be downloaded from folksonspokes.com. Click on Easter ride, then on Download the FOS Easter Ride Brochure.
Folks on Spokes encourages riders to obey all traffic laws, practice courtesy, communicate with fellow riders, ride single file when vehicles are approaching from either direction – and complete the adult or child bike safety quiz at bikesafetyquiz.com.
Proceeds from the ride help fund the club’s activities throughout the year and support bicycle advocacy and other organizations. Donations made possible by last year’s ride were given to the League of American Bicyclists, Ride Illinois, Active Transportation Alliance, Trails for Illinois, Bicycle Indiana, Friends of the Cal Sag Trail, Working Bikes Co-op, and Slow roll Chicago.
Folks on Spokes members live across the south suburbs and northeastern Indiana. Group rides start in a variety of locations.