2015 Ride on Chicago

Professional cyclist Tim Johnson founded this ride in 2011 to raise funds and awareness for PeopleForBikes. Originally known as the Ride on Washington, the five-day ride traversed the eastern seaboard from Boston to Washington, D.C. In 2014, the event moved to a new location: the Midwest. Riders started in Kansas City, MO and finished in downtown Chicago, pedaling more than 500 miles in just five days.

The ride has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for PeopleForBikes, supporting our work to make bicycling safer in all communities. The event has also increased awareness for bike advocacy throughout the bike racing and enthusiast communities.

In 2015, the Ride on Chicago will depart from Minneapolis, MN, travel through Madison, WI and Milwaukee, WI, and end in Chicago. The nearly 500-mile route consists of riders pedaling an impressive 85-120 miles per day.


June 2: Minneapolis, MN to Winona, MN (120 miles)
June 3: Winona, MN to Reedsburg, WI (110 miles)
June 4: Reedsburg, WI to Madison, WI (80 miles)
June 5: Madison, WI to Milwaukee, WI (85 miles)
June 6: Milwaukee, WI to Chicago, IL (95 miles)

While the full ride is invite-only, limited one-day rider spots are available with a donation to PeopleForBikes. Anyone is welcome to join the ride for its departure each morning, with exact locations and times to be announced shortly. The ride will finish in Chicago on Saturday, June 6. The public is invited to pedal the final miles into the city with the group. A reception on the evening of the 6th will celebrate the ride’s conclusion.

Interested sponsors can contact Charlie Cooper, vice president of membership & development for PeopleForBikes at Charlie@peopleforbikes.org

Other questions? Email Dan@peopleforbikes.org.

Image: Jamie Kripke