Cycle on 2nd Returns: September 8, 2019

Cycle on 2nd is a free, family-friendly open-streets cycling event. Stay tuned for all the details about the 2nd-annual Cycle on 2nd, and save the date Sunday, September 8th, 2019! Check out all the details from the first-ever Cycle on 2nd below and learn more about this unique event!

Make cycle on 2nd first on your weekend to-do list.
— Rockford Register Star "Our View"

We’re in the news! Thanks to the Rockford Register Star for some great coverage about this event in the “Our View” section. Read the full article at their website!

Check out all the photos from Cycle on 2nd 2018!

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Grab your bike, water bottle, a few friends and hit the streets of Rockford for the inaugural Cycle on 2nd bike ride! This recreational, non-competitive community bicycle ride will be held Sunday September 23, 2018.

From 7 - 9 a.m. the southbound lanes of North 2nd Street from the Auburn interchange to State Street will be closed to vehicular traffic and open to people on bikes! State Street from North 2nd to Madison will also be closed to cars and open to bikes. At 9 a.m. the streets will re-open to cars, and bike riders are encouraged to head over to the Rockford City Market Pavilion where vendors will be set up from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for food, fun and games. The Olive Branch food truck will serve breakfast sandwiches and baked goods, and Fancy Franks will be cooking up their Morning Glory breakfast hot dog!
And yes, it’s a little early for us, too, so we’ve secured Rockford Roasting Company to serve up delicious coffee.

Don’t have your own bike or a way to get it to the event route? Rent a Lime bike! There will be lots of Lime bikes available along the route - download the Lime app ahead of time to make it easy!

No need to register, this event is free to open to everyone. Kids are welcome — make it a fun family activity! Kids can also participate in a safety rodeo (and get fitted for a free helmet!) during the festivities at the City Market Pavilion.

Interested in volunteering for Cycle on 2nd? Sign Up Here!

Cycle on 2nd FAQ

How much does it cost to Cycle on 2nd?

Zip. Zilch. Nada. Nothing. FREE!

Do I have to Register?

Nope. Just show up and ride!

What’s the route?

The southbound lanes of North Second Street (AKA Route 251) from Auburn/Spring Creek interchange to East State Street. You can ride the route as little or as much as you’d like!

When does the route open and close?

The route will open cyclists at 7:00 a.m. We ask that you enter the route by 8:30 a.m. at the latest so you can safely complete at least one length of the course and be off the route when it re-opens to vehicle traffic at 9:00 a.m. The Rockford Police Department will supervise the closing and opening of the route to make sure it’s safe for both vehicles and cyclists.

How long is the route?

Just a shade under two miles one way.

Is there a detour for vehicles that need to use this route that morning?

Yes.  Southbound motorists are asked to cross the Auburn Street Bridge and proceed down South Main Street to access the downtown.  

Can I ride it multiple times?


If I’m coming from out of town, where can I park before the ride?

There is plenty of free parking with easy access to the ride route. Park at:

Can I pull my children in a bike trailer?

Yes, of course!

Can I do the event on inline skates or a scooter?

Negative. Bikes only, please.

What are you doing for safety and security?

The Rockford Police Department will supervise the route, which will be barricaded at appropriate locations. We’ll have volunteers along the route in case any riders need assistance and Kegel’s Bicycle Store, Rockford Bicycle Company will have staff available to help with any mechanical issues.

Do you need volunteers?

Yes! You can sign up to help HERE.

What do I need to bring?

Yourself. Friends. Family.  And your bike!

Are helmets required?

While we won’t be requiring riders to wear helmets, we strongly urge you to wear one. Keep your noggin safe!

Do I have to go to the post-ride festival?

No. However, please do! We’ll have a number of vendors serving up treats and giveaways.

What if it rains?

Cycle on Second will be held rain or shine. If there is serious weather underway or forecast check the I Bike Rockford website or Facebook page or the City of Rockford Facebook page for updates.

Are there restrooms available?

The riverfront restroom pavilion next to the Rock River Valley YMCA’s Log Lodge will be open during the ride. The public restrooms in the lobby of City Hall will be open from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. And, there are Port-O-Potties in the City Market Pavilion downtown as well.

Who’s sponsoring the ride?

Sponsors of first-time events are critical to a successful launch and Cycle on Second is fortunate to have help from dedicated volunteers and supporters. 

This event could not take place without:  City of Rockford, Citizens for Frank Haney, Friends of Jake Castanza, Friends of Joe Bruscato, Friends of Tom McNamara, Gary Anderson Architects,  I Bike Rockford, Illinois Department of Transportation - Region 2, Kegel’s Bicycle Store, Lime, Midwest Family Broadcasting, Rock River Development Partnership, Rock River Disposal Services, Rock River Multisport, Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Rockford Bicycle Company, Rockford Community Partners, Rockford Police Department, Sanco Traffic Control, Stenstrom Companies, and Team Fur Bandit.   

Thank you to all of our sponsors and partners!!