Niles hosted its second annual Bike Niles event over the weekend.
“Ladies and gentlemen it’s a beautiful day. This is the second year we’re doing this,” Mayor Andrew Przybylo. “It’s going to be a great ride. I’m going on the middle circuit so, just stay out of my way because I tend to fall.”
The free event began at at Culver School on May 17 and featured three different bike courses for riders of all ages and experience levels to enjoy. The longest course was the Bike Niles one, which covered about ten miles. Additionally the event also had entertainment from Extreme Biker, Matt Wilhelm, raffle prizes, Ronald McDonald, Snoopy, the Night of Roses scholarship presentation, and others.
The event’s inception can be traced back to the Niles Environmental Action Plan that the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning helped the village create. The plan is expected to create more pedestrian and bicycle friendly streets in Niles over the next few years.
“I think [the action plan] is a great idea for many reasons,” said Nicholas Aguilera. He was at the event with his son. And avid cyclist who’s lived in the village for about five years, he said he liked the initiative the village was taking to make the streets friendlier to bike traffic.