1975 Schwinn Continental

1975 Schwinn Continental
This is the bike before most of the restoration work - click to view full-size

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Bicycle Safety Bill HB1784, Annual Ride Packet, and more!

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From: "Ride Illinois" <info@rideillinois.org>
Date: Feb 9, 2017 6:03 AM
Subject: Bicycle Safety Bill HB1784, Annual Ride Packet, and more!
To: <aquarianm@gmail.com>

ACTION ALERT: Help Us Pass New Bike Safety Legislation
Please take a couple minutes to help Ride Illinois pass our state bicycle bill to legalize three common practices and clarify one law. House Bill 1784 would:
  • Allow motorists to pass bikes in a no-passing zone under certain conditions to improve cyclist safety.
  • Officially legalize bicycling on road shoulders, but not require it.
  • Allow bicyclists to use a rear light without also using a rear reflector.
  • Clarify the bicyclist lane position law, when the lane is too narrow for a car to pass with 3+ feet clearance.
Pushing for Bike Friendly Roads in Springfield and West Central Illinois
Ride Illinois has recently asked for improved bicycling conditions on 17 upcoming IDOT road projects in District 6, in Springfield and West Central Illinois. If you ride in any of these areas, please take a moment to read our letters and let us know if you have further suggestions.
Grand Illinois Bike Tour

Join us June 11 - 16, 2017 for our Grand Illinois Bike Tour! Come experience scenic northwestern Illinois on our fully-supported, loop ride through Byron, Dixon, Savanna, Quad Cities, and Sterling. Bike along the Rock River and Mississippi River valleys on quiet rural roads and some trails, and experience the charming towns of our grand Illinois. Ride at your own pace with daily routes ranging 43-59 miles and longer route options available. Choose between camping and motel options and enjoy overnights filled with good food and good fellowship with riders hailing from around the country. Proceeds benefit Ride Illinois and support our mission to make Illinois a better, safer, and more enjoyable place to ride. 

The Grand Illinois Bike Tour is limited to 230 participants and already over 70% capacity. Less than 20 rooms remain for our motel option, so sign up today and grab your spot!
Sponsored by Rad Power Bikes and Hollywood Racks   

Members Receive our Annual Ride Packet in March
We're in the midst of preparing our annual ride mailing which includes brochures from many organized bike rides taking place around Illinois. Many of the rides are single-day, on a weekend, on relatively quiet rural roads, with a variety of mileage options. Some rides attract dozens, many others bring in hundreds, and a few range from 1,000 to 20,000 riders!  

Want to make sure you receive the packet this March? Become a member or renew before February 17 to ensure you receive a packet! 
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Safe Roads Amendment, Ride Illinois Award Winners, and more

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From: "Ride Illinois" <info@rideillinois.org>
Date: Oct 11, 2016 4:03 AM
Subject: Safe Roads Amendment, Ride Illinois Award Winners, and more
To: <aquarianm@gmail.com>

The 2016 Ride Illinois Award Winners
On September 19, during our 2016 Illinois Bike Summit, Ride Illinois awarded the City of Aurora, City of Danville and George Bellovics for their significant achievements in bicycle advocacy. 

The City of Aurora was presented with the Ride Illinois Project Award for an outstanding bikeway infrastructure project - the installation of curb-protected bike lanes on River Street this past spring.

The City of Danville was presented with the Ride Illinois Partnership Award for their exceptional participation in the Illinois Mayor's Bicycle Safety Challenge.

And George Bellovics, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Landscape Architect and Grand Illinois Trail Coordinator, was presented with the Ride Illinois Professional Award for his instrumental role in developing many of the state's most popular bike trails. 
Safe Roads Amendment

We've received a lot of questions about the proposed "Safe Roads Amendment" and how it may impact funding for bicycling infrastructure.  

The intention of the amendment up for vote this November is to prevent the legislature from sweeping dedicated state transportation dollars into the state's general revenue fund for other uses.
But, there is some concern that bicycle infrastructure and safety education campaigns are not explicitly listed in the amendment language.

Ride Illinois investigated the omission and its potential impacts on bicycling. Here's what we know. 
IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn (center) with Ride Illinois Executive Director Tania Sebatian (left) and Chief Programs Officer Ed Barsotti (right)
Illinois Bike Summit Highlights

The 2016 Illinois Bike Summit has passed, but we're still thinking about one of our most successful summits to date.

We were honored to have had IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn give an inspiring speech about IDOT's new thinking and approach to bicycle planning across the state. He also spoke about IDOT's long range transportation plan, putting ITEP funding on a 2 year cycle, working closely with Ride Illinois, and more.

You can hear Secretary Blankenhorn's speech, download presentations from our speakers' sessions, see photos from summit, and watch a video that was presented about cycling for transportation on our website. 
Teaching Our Newest Drivers

One of Ride Illinois' target audiences for bicycle safety education is our newest generation of motorists. We are actively promoting the use of our BikeSafetyQuiz.com resource in driver education programs around the state so that our youngest drivers have the opportunity to learn how to safely share the road with cyclists. Over 80 schools are currently using the resource, and we recently spoke to approximately 100 driver education instructors in Chicago about the quiz.

Help us urge your local high school driver education teachers to incorporate this easy tool in their curriculum! Information for instructors is available at BikeSafetyQuiz.com or have them email us to set up the quiz for their school.  
Become a Ride Illinois Member

Join us in our mission to achieve better biking for all! Becoming a member is one of the easiest actions you can take to help make Illinois a more bicycle-friendly state. We're advocating for better road design, creating bike plans, pushing for favorable legislation, and educating tens of thousands of Illinois residents on sharing our roads so you can get out and Ride Illinois.

Members receive:
  • Our printed members' newsletter Upshift three times a year
  • Our spring mailing that provides brochures and information about the many organized rides around Illinois
  • Registration discounts for Ride Illinois merchandise and events including the Illinois Bike Summit  and the Grand Illinois Trails and Parks (GITAP) Bike Tour 
  • A special discount on Mercury Wheels (50%-71% off depending on item) good for one year
  • Updates and action alerts on local and statewide issues
  • A strong advocacy voice in Springfield, Washington, and your town!
There is great strength in numbers and we need your support! 
Upcoming Events  
If you're interested in having your bicycling-related event included on our calendar, please email us. 
Pedal Bright
Thursday, Oct. 13
Saturday, Oct. 15

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