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Tour Newly Opened North Branch Trail Extension With Bike 45 Saturday

By Heather Cherone | September 23, 2016 5:36am
 Riders head north on the newly extended North Branch Trail.
Riders head north on the newly extended North Branch Trail.
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EDGEBROOK — Bike 45 will celebrate the opening of the North Branch Trail extension with a 15-mile ride Saturday.

The ride will leave at 8 a.m. from Portage Grounds cafe, 5501 W. Irving Park Road, organizers said.

The trail extension stretches 2 miles from Devon and Caldwell avenues in Edgebrook to Forest Glen Avenue near the Metra station on the Milwaukee District North Line. Work to extend the trail from Forest Glen to Mayfair is underway.

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Once the entire 3-mile extension of the trail from Edgebrook to Mayfair is complete, runners, walkers and bicyclists will be able to travel from from the Lakefront Bicycle Path via bicycle lanes on Elston Avenue to the Chicago Botanic Gardens in the North Shore.

Ald. John Arena (45th) founded Bike 45 to promote biking and bike safety in Jefferson Park and parts of Portage Park, Gladstone Park, Old Irving Park, Norwood Park and Forest Glen.

No more than three children should accompany each adult rider, organizers said.

For more information, email bike45thward@gmail.com or call 773-294-7533.

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