1st Rock Island Greenway Trash Pickup of 2014

In 2013, the IVW adopted a section of the Rock Island Greenway from Pioneer Parkway north to where the tunnel goes under Route 6. Now that it’s getting warmer outside, we decided to schedule our first trash pickup of 2014! Because the trail has sat all winter long w/o any maintenance, we are allowing a bit more time for trash pickup than usual. Let’s plan on meeting at the Pioneer Parkway RIT trailhead at 5 PM on Friday, April 25th. Our plan is to be done by no later than 6:30 PM. Trash bags will be provided by the IVW. For those interested, we’ll be going over to the Fox Pub afterwards for dinner/drinks.

A Facebook event page has been set up.

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Peoria Great American Cleanup!

On Saturday, April 26th, the Friends of the Rock Island Trail will be meeting around 9 AM at the Peoria Heights Library off Glen Avenue (816 E Glen Ave) to help pickup trash for the Peoria Great American Cleanup! Once the amount of help is known, teams will be dispersed to different points along the Rock Island Greenway to clean up litter. At the end of the day, if the FRIT team has the most trash collected, a tree will be planted along the trail in our honor! Bags and gloves for the pickup will be provided – please dress appropriately, and bring water/snack!

A Facebook page has been set up for this event.

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Morton Race; Call for Volunteers

Hello all,

I know given the crazy weather we have been having its hard to believe that we are only a couple months away from the 2014 Morton Community Bank Cycling Classic. For those of you new to the area, the race hosted by Peoria Bicycle Club with the support of Illinois Valley Wheelm’n and other local cycling enthusiasts. As you are planning your summer activities, please mark your calendars for Saturday, June 28th so you can come out to volunteer and or race.

We are happy to announce that we will once again be offering a free t-shirt and waving race entry fees for members of PBC and IVW who come out to volunteer. There will be a volunteer picnic a day or two before the event. Details will follow in a later email.

As soon as you have had a chance to check your calendar, feel free to go ahead and email me with your volunteer time slot. Shifts are as follows:
Setup – 6am – 8am
1st shift – 7:45 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
2nd shift – 9:45 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
3rd shift – 11:45 A.M.- 2:00 P.M.
4th shift – 1:45 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
5th shift – 3:45 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Tear down – 5:30 P.M. -7:00 P.M.

Sarah Gray

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Save the Date: Salvation Army “Bikes for Kids” event

Details are still being worked out, but please pencil in Saturday, June 21st, 2014 for the next Salvation Army “Bikes for Kids” event to be held at Junction City Shopping Center in Peoria. “Bikes for Kids” is the event held every two years, where you can donate your used mechanically-sound bikes to be fixed up by local mechanics, which are then donated to needy people in the community by the Salvation Army. For the past number of years, IVW has offered support to this event in the form of mechanics, promotion, and used bicycles from members! No specifics on time yet, but we are usually there from 8-9 AM to 2-3 PM.

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26th Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure

June 14-21, 2014

A family-friendly bicycle camping tour.

Registration deadline: May 14, 2014

Discounted fees until: April 30, 2014

For more information:

see attached poster



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European Cycling Tours 2014

I can’t help myself — if you ask me to promote a tour, I will post it. This one looks interesting — while I have toured some of Europe and really enjoyed it, I haven’t cycled in Spain or France. The flyer for this organization is here.

Want more information? Check out their website at www.TCRides.com,  You can email Todd Ranney at info@TCRides.com or call him on 309-212-2562.

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Support League of American Bicyclists’ Advocacy Work

Use this link to send an email in support of cyclist’s rights. It only takes a few minutes.

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Mark your calendars – M&M Bike Ride

Not an IVW ride, but one close to us. The M&M Bike Ride will be Saturday, July 19th, 2014 Starting at 7am. It will be held at Mackinaw Valley Winery. To register, email Mikayla Eldridge at meldridge@metechrc.org

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League of Illinois Bicyclists’ Bike Safety Quiz


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Would you like to carpool to a cycling event?

Looking for a ride to a cycling event? Have room in your car and would you like company en route to an event? Advertise that desire on our website or on our Facebook page

To add a post to our website, please send the text you would like posted to Jim DeVore using our contact page here. Be sure to include a means for folks to contact you, such as an e-mail address of phone number.

If you have a Facebook account, you can post your request or offer directly on our page.

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