Cycling Club

Upcoming Events | Bike to Church
Helmets and Waivers

Whether you’re new to biking or a long-time cyclist, a member or a friend of Fourth Church, the Fourth Church Cycling Club is for you. We have fun rides throughout the year to encourage cycling and fellowship. Participate whenever and however you wish. Do you have a youngster and a child bike seat? Put a helmet on your child’s head and join the group on our ride. Whether you’ve got the bike you had in high school or a brand new road bike, join us as we celebrate creation and our commitment to its preservation.

We are called to be faithful stewards of God’s creation, and we answer that call in many ways. Those who are so inclined demonstrate their stewardship by reducing our personal dependence on fossil fuels while, at the same time, increasing physical activity for the health of our bodies.

Upcoming Events

Bike the Drive
Sunday, May 27

Bike Jackson and Columbus Drive, approximately thirty miles if you ride the whole way. You will need to prepay your registration and buy a package with a tag to wear ($55.00). More information availble here.

Art Institute Ride
Saturday, June 9

The Art Institute of Chicago is organizing a ride from the Hyde Park Art Center at 10:30 a.m. to see where Charles White worked and lived, as part of a special exhibit on Charles White. We will leave from the Lakeshore path at Oak Street at about 9:00 a.m., ride south to the Hyde Park Art Center, and then back north from there through Bronzeville. Reservations must be made in advance here.

Fountain Ride
Saturday, July 14 (rain date August 4)

Greg Borzo will lead us on a fountains ride. See his book entitled Chicago’s Fabulous Fountains. This tour will start at the Chicago History Museum at Clark and North Avenues and wind its way around the north side; we will ride a little, stop, and then look at fountains intermittently throughout the ride. Ride begins around 9:00 a.m. We will likely stop for lunch on the north side.

Chicago Architecture Foundation Ride
Sunday, August 12

Chicago Architecture Foundation Ride on the 606 trail, with a stop on the way back home at Margie’s old fashioned ice cream parlor. This requires advanced registration with CAF for $15. The CAF tour starts at 10:00 a.m.; we will finish around 2:30 or 3:00 p.m. 

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“Bike to Church”

Join us for “Bike-to-Church” Sunday when we’ll ride our bikes to Fourth Church and enjoy morning worship in our cycling gear. The more of us in cycling clothes, the better the promotion for the Cycling Club! Check back soon for the date of our next “Bike-to-Church” Sunday.

There are 126 bike racks in the neighborhood, most convenient to the church. A map of bike parking opportunities in the neighborhood is available online.

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Helmets and Waivers

All participants in Fourth Church Cycling Club rides are required to wear a helmet and sign a waiver.

Waivers for adults and waivers for youth and children can be downloaded and completed in advance and given to the ride coordinator on the day of the ride. These blanket waivers need only be completed once per cyclist.

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For more information about the Cycling Club, to sign up or express interest, or to volunteer to help with events and programming, email the Cycling Club.

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