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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