All cyclists and casual riders are invited to join the Community Bike Ride on June 27 at 5:30 p.m. The 3.5-mile route begins and ends at Idlewood Park to lead up to the live concert with the Arts in the Park series.

The Morton Chamber and Economic Development Council have been collaborating on ways to make Morton a noted bike-friendly community. The goal of this new initiative, known as Bike Morton, is to highlight the available local and regional biking resources and support Morton’s growth in biking infrastructure and events.

The Community Bike Ride to Idlewood was developed by the Bike Morton committee who identified the need for a community-wide ride. The route will head east from Idlewood St., turn north on Nebraska Ave., head west on Jefferson St. to head to downtown Morton for some summer snacks, then take Adams St. to Fourth Ave. to go back to Idlewood Park Pavilion by 6:15 p.m. for the Arts in the Park’s concert featuring High Cotton, a bluegrass and gospel band.

“We hope this Community Bike Ride inspires other organizations to host their own cycling events,” says Leigh Ann Brown, Executive Director and CEO of the Morton Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council, “The enthusiasm around our Bike Morton initiative shows that biking is important to many Morton residents.”

Those interested in participating are asked to RSVP online at www.mortonchamber.org/bike-morton.

Bike Morton is a collaboration of local biking and cycling enthusiasts coordinated by the Morton Chamber and the Morton Economic Development Council. Learn more at www.mortonchamber.org/bike-morton or call (309) 263-2491.