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2023 LOOP Bike Ride — summary and photos

LANSING, Ill. (September 17, 2023) – A few sprinkles of afternoon rain threatened Saturday’s tenth annual LOOP Bike Ride, but serious showers never materialized, and dozens of registered cyclists enjoyed 15 miles of fresh air and fellowship. The event, organized by the Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce, brings biking enthusiasts from throughout the area for a scenic ride around Lansing.

Participants met at Fox Pointe to check in and pick up their LOOP t-shirts before lining up along Randolph behind Lansing Police Chief Al Phillips. Phillips led the bikers in the Lansing Police Department’s ATV, pacing the ride at about 12 mph most of the way.

The LOOP Bike Ride is divided into two segments. The first is a 12-mile journey along Ridge Road, Burnham Avenue, and 186th Street to the North Creek Trail through Lansing Woods and all the way to Sweet Woods, returning to Fox Pointe for a light meal. After nightfall, around 7 p.m., bikers lined up again to follow their police escort a mile and a half down Wentworth Avenue to the Lansing Municipal Airport. Cyclists were granted access to the airport’s taxiway, providing a unique opportunity to view an active airport up close.

This year’s participants also made a stop at the historic Ford Hangar, where Ken Reynolds, Director of Venue Operations for the Village of Lansing, shared insights about Lansing’s use of the hangar as a unique destination venue.

LOOP cyclists then pedaled back to the starting point, arriving before 9 p.m. In a Facebook album of LOOP Bike Ride photos, the Chamber posted:

“What a fun time we had at our tenth anniversary LOOP ~ Lansing Out On Pedals bike ride! 15 miles and everyone biked it like a pro! …It was so nice to see everyone come together as a community to do this and have such a good time. …Special thanks to our Lansing Illinois Police Department, …the crossing guards, our sponsors, Fox Pointe Lansing, …Lansing Municipal Airport, …Greenway Bikehouse, and last but not least ALL of the volunteers that helped before, during, and after the event. …Looking forward to next year!”

2023 LOOP Bike Ride photo gallery (hover over photos to see captions)

  • Bikers checked in with the Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce in the pavilion at Fox Pointe. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
  • Lansing's bike shop, Greenway Bikehouse, was one of the LOOP sponsors. They were onsite to help bikers with last-minute adjustments. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
  • Riders who pre-register get a LOOP t-shirt. Chamber Board member Shauna Craib helped bikers find the size they had ordered. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
  • Chamber Board member Matt Kamien grabbed a selfie before the start of the ride. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
  • Lansing Police Chief Al Phillips and his dog Bailey greeted bikers and gave instructions before the start of the ride. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
  • Chief Phillips drove the LPD's ATV to lead bikers down Ridge Road. Other members of the force were stationed at intersections along the path to ensure rider safety. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
  • A sidewalk construction project at the intersection of Stony Island and Glenwood-Lansing Road gave the bikers an opportunity to stop and regroup. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
  • As bikers approached the halfway point, the joy of the ride was still obvious. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
  • As bikers approached the halfway point, the joy of the ride was still obvious. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
  • As bikers approached the halfway point, the joy of the ride was still obvious. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
  • LOOP volunteers wore orange vests and stayed behind the group to assist as needed. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
  • In the Sweet Woods pavilion area, bikers took a water break. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
  • After the break, bikers again followed the ATV on the trail back to Fox Pointe. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
  • Orange-vested volunteers congratulated the bikers as they emerged from Lansing Woods on their return trip. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
  • Back at the Fox Pointe pavilion, Chamber Board members grilled hot dogs for hungry bikers. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
  • A variety of snacks helped re-energize the group for the second leg of the LOOP ride. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
  • Bikers picnicked in the pavilion and waited for nightfall. The second part of the LOOP ride is much shorter than the first, and the darkness gives it a feeling of adventure. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
  • This year's LOOP included a stop inside the historic Ford Hangar. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
  • The second leg of the trip took bikers to the Lansing Municipal Airport, where they biked along the taxiway. (Photo: Sally Blom)
  • Director of Venue Operations Ken Reynolds (blue shirt, khaki shorts) greeted the bikers and explained the Village of Lansing's plans for using the Ford Hangar as an event venue. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


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