Cycle on 2nd Returns: September 8, 2019

Cycle on 2nd is a free, family-friendly open-streets cycling event. Check out all the details below and learn more about this unique event!

Grab your bike, water bottle, a few friends and hit the streets of Rockford for the second annual Cycle on 2nd bike ride! This recreational, non-competitive community bicycle ride will be held Sunday September 8, 2019.

From 8 - 10 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 10 a.m. the streets will re-open to cars. Throughout the event, bike riders are encouraged to head over to the Trolley Station (Madison Street near the Jefferson Street underpass) where vendors will be set up from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for food, fun and games.

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 Trolley Station.

We are incredibly pleased to be able to keep this ride free thanks to many partners and sponsors listed on the bottom of this page. Can you help support this event with a donation? Thanks to our partnership with the Rockford Park District Foundation your donation is fully deductible! Use this button to make a donation and thank you for your support!

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 8:00 a.m. We ask that you enter the route by 9:30 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 10:00 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 and Rockford Bicycle Company will have staff available to help with any mechanical issues.

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 event festival at the Trolley Station?

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 8:00 to 10:00 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:  Citizens to Elect Joe Chiarelli, City of Rockford, Crimson Valley Landscaping, Friends of John Beck, Friends of Tom McNamara, Friends of Robert Young, Friends of John Beck, Friends of Chad Tuneberg, Gary Anderson Architects, I Bike Rockford, Illinois Department of Transportation - Region 2, Jim and Pam Keeling, Kegel’s Bicycle Store, KMK Media Group, Midwest Family Broadcasting, Midwest Packaging and Container, OSF Healthcare, Reno & Zahm LLP, Rock River Development Partnership, Rock River Disposal Services, Rock River Multisport, Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Rockford Bicycle Company, Rockford Park District and Rockford Park District Foundation, Rockford Police Department, Rocktown Adventures, Safe Kids Winnebago Coalition (a program of SwedishAmerican Hospital), Safety Dave, SwedishAmerican Health System, Sanco Traffic Control, and Team Fur Bandit.   

Thank you to all of our sponsors and partners!!


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

Click the image to view hundreds of photos from this awesome event!

We’re in the news! Thanks to the Rockford Register Star for some great coverage about the inaugural Cycle on 2nd event in the “Our View” section. Read the full article at their website!

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