Cycling Club

Monthly Rides | Bike to Church | Helmets and Waivers | Information

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.

Monthly Rides

Join us for one of our monthly rides! (Helmets and waivers are required.)

North Branch Trail
Saturday, May 7
Meet at Lawrence and Kimball at 9:00 a.m.

In April we will ride on one of Chicago's most popular trails: the North Branch trail.

You can start there one of two ways: take the Brown line to the last stop (Kimball), ride west on Lawrence to Elston, and then northwest on Elson to Milwaukee, and then to Devon. (The total pre-ride trip will be three or four miles long.) If you choose to drive, you can park in the parking lot on the north side of Devon called Caldwell Woods Picnic Grove,  which is ½ to 1 block east of the Devon and Milwaukee intersection. 

The trail is 16 miles one way from that point to the Chicago Botanic Garden, and winds through forest preserves, the Skokie Lagoons, along the North Branch of the Chicago River, and golf courses. 

To RSVP, please contact John Phillips.

Emmaus' Endurance Ride
Saturday, June 4
in Plano, Illinois

Fourth Church Cycling Club has been invited to take part in the Emmaus' Endurance Ride, the annual biking fundraiser for Emmaus Ministries. Emmaus Ministries is an interdenominational ministry that reaches out to men in survival prostitution on the streets of Chicago through outreach programs as well as a drop-in center in Albany Park.

They are anticipating about 150 people, both individuals and families, from in and around Chicago and hope to have bikers at all levels, from serious to casual, join in for the day. They also have opportunities for people to volunteer as bike techs, for maintenance needs throughout the day. For details, visit

If you’d like to be on our email list for regular announcments and updates of rides as well as any last-minute change of plans due to the weather, just email us or leave your email address on the infoline. Details about when and where we’ll meet are available by checking our infoline (312.787.2729, ext. 9409) or by emailing

Be sure to check our information phone line—312.787.2729, extension 9409—or email to get regular updates on our plans and activities.

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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 or leave a message on the Cycling Club Infoline (312.787.2729, ext. 9409) and someone will get back to you.

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