“Cruise the Creek” is a free, family bike ride and festival hosted by the Forest Preserve District of Will County and presented by Silver Cross Hospital, the event’s title sponsor for 2012.
The bike ride will take place on a two-loop trail through the scenic woodlands, wetlands, and prairie of Hickory Creek Preserve. Riders can choose from a 6-mile loop, an 11-mile loop, or both! Download a route map.
The event is open to all ages, but the ride is recommended for individual riders of at least 11 years of age. In addition to their own bikes, all riders are urged to bring drinking water and wear safety helmets.
Pre-registered riders will be able to check in at 11:30 a.m. at the event. The first 500 pre-registered riders to check in will receive a free T-shirt. (Please note that pre-registration does not guarantee you a T-shirt, and size choice cannot be guaranteed.) Pre-registration will close at noon on Thursday, October 4.
On-site registration will be available at the event, but riders who register at the event will not be able to check in until noon. On-site registrants will not receive T-shirts.
All riders must set out on the trail no later than 2:00 p.m.
Bike the trails and then end your ride with a festive fall gathering. Festivities, including entertainment, food vendors, children’s activities, and free pumpkin painting, will continue until 4:00 p.m. Join us for a day full of family fun in the fall!
New for 2012! A free, all-ages “Cruise the Creek Gear-Up” event will be held on Saturday, September 22, at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This special addition will feature bicycle safety checks by Sumbaum Cycle, bicycle decorating and a craft for kids, music, an inflatable obstacle course, and food and drinks for purchase from Niko’s Pizzeria. The first 250 to attend will receive a free hooded sweatshirt. (Please note that size choice cannot be guaranteed.) Pre-registration for “Cruise the Creek” will also be available at the “Gear-Up.” No registration is required for the “Gear-Up.” For driving directions to Silver Cross Hospital, view a Google Map.
Haven’t been to “Cruise the Creek” before? Check out the fun from last year’s event in our Photo Gallery.
“Cruise the Creek” is hosted along paved pathways on manicured lawn. The “Gear-Up” event is held on both paved and natural flat surfaces. In providing programs and services to the public, the Forest Preserve District will make reasonable modifications to ensure that all people have an equal opportunity to enjoy District offerings. View more information or request accommodations.