Des Plaines Mayor Martin J. Moylan, in conjunction with the Des Plaines Police Department,invites everyone to save the date, Saturday, June 2, 2012, for the 2ndAnnual Des Plaines River Trail Bike Ride, which will get underway at the Public Works Garage Facility,1111 Joseph J. Schwab (Campground) Road, one block east of River Road, off
Registrationfor the ride, which will be appropriate for all levels of bicyclists, will take place beginning at 8 AM at the Public Works facility. Registration forms are available at the City’s website at,www.desplaines.org/rivertrailbikeride.
These must be returned to the Police Department or brought to the ride.
The ride, which begins at 9 AM, is free. All bicyclists are required to wear a helmet and sign a waiver. Plans are
underway to have representatives of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital selling bike helmets for $10. The route will be family friendly.
DesPlaines Police personnel will escort bicyclists along the trail ride which will be approximately 9 miles and will conclude with a free cookout lunch at the
Public Works facility where the ride began.
According to Mayor Martin J. Moylan, last year’s bike ride, held to commemorate the opening of the improved Des Plaines River Trail, met with such success that he
and the Des Plaines Police Department opted to do it again: “We invite families, individuals, and kids of
all ages to come out and spend the morning experiencing bicycling along the scenic Des Plaines River
Trail. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to experience nature, have fun,and celebrate the community of Des Plaines,” Mayor Moylan said.
Last year’s ride marked the culmination of a 3-year effort by the City of Des Plaines to improve the Des Plaines River Trail. The project consisted of improving 2.8 miles of the existing Des Plaines River Trail with stone surface,
construction of new trail along the north side of Ballard Road, safety features and new signage. The project was funded in part through a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program grant awarded to the City in 2008. The trail improvements were conducted in coordination with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County which owns the trail and surrounding Forest
Sponsors for the Des Plaines River Trail Bike Ride are still being sought and will be appreciated. Tentative sponsors includethe Journal and Topics Newspapers and Fifth Third Bank. Highlights of the ride will include a contest
to win an adult bike and a children’s bike.
Foradditional information on sponsorships or participation in the ride contact Officer Colin Johnson at 847-391-5410.