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Illinois Bike Summit
2014 3rd Annual Illinois Bike Summit – April 15, Champaign
Registration is open for the third annual Illinois Bike Summit! Join interested bicyclists and professionals from around the state at the I-Hotel, 1900 S. First St, Champaign on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Over 200 people are expected for a day of learning and networking, meant to help you make your town more bicycle-friendly!
There will be something for everyone, as this year’s Summit features more options and speakers. Most time slots will offer breakout sessions, each with a lineup of panelists sharing a range of experiences from different parts of the state. Add in other options including a technical training track, field trips, “coffee talks” on niche topics, and ample networking time – and you’ll want to be sure to finish your taxes early so you can be in Champaign on April 15!
The main program of the Summit runs from 10am-4:15pm, starting with a session on IDOT’s new Bicycle Transportation Plan. IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider will summarize the plan, and LIB’s Ed Barsotti will describe implementation priorities of the bicycling community.
Breakout session topics throughout the day include:
- Local bike advocacy case studies
- Bicycle-Friendly Universities
- Trail project successes
- The Bronze Age of Champaign-Urbana: The Making of Two Bicycle-Friendly Communities
- Health community/bike advocacy partnership case studies
- Education and enforcement
- Mountain biking facilities
- Enhancing your own bicycling
- Bike sharing programs
- A 3-hour “Turning Complete Street Policies into Good Practices” technical training session, concurrent to the afternoon breakout sessions, will be offered for agency staff, consultants, and interested advocates. Continuing education credit will be offered to engineers (PDH) and planners (AICP CM).
- Bring your bike for an hour long early morning ride through the Champaign and Urbana Communities and the U of I campus.
- The very popular “Coffee Talks” of past summits will be held again from 8:30-9:30 am at the I-Hotel. Topics tentatively include: Producing your First Bike Map, Running a Community Bike Workshop, Bike Counts & What we learned from our first Campus Bike Census, Bike to School Day, and Bike to Work Day events.
- Our post conference reception tradition will continue at the 2014 Summit. So plan to hang out for a bit longer at the I-Hotel for some refreshments and extended networking time before you leave.
It’s a day you don’t want to miss! Be sure to tell your friends, too.
Register for the Summit at www.illinoisbikesummit.org
Update on the event below: Dunlap Elementary raised about $5000 from raffle sales.
The Illinois Valley Wheelm’n club is involved in more than just the rides and social events.
On Saturday, March 1st, from 4-8 PM, the Dunlap Grade School held their annual fund-raising carnival at the school Gym in Dunlap.
At this carnival, in addition to Food, Games, Prizes, Raffles and more, they raffled off the two bikes that IVW and Bushwhacker donated. These are nice Trek 20” wheel coaster brake bikes. The proceeds will be used to help the school.
A map with the school’s location is here.
I’m ready for spring. This is always a great ride, and Joe Russell shows some great hospitality. Hope to see you there!
The Spring Breakout Ride will leave from Russell’s in Washington on Saturday April 12, 9 a.m. Everyone welcome, please be ready to ride at 9 a.m.
Joe will be leading the 15-20 mile ride. There will also be 1 or 2 longer group rides (depending on the desires and size of the group/s).
There will be eats to enjoy pre and post-ride at Russell’s.
Greetings fellow cyclists. Hope you all are enjoying all the snow we have been getting so far this year as much as me. (Yes, I’m a skier.) Now that we are continuing to get more day light and longer day, before you know it it’s time to get ready for the club’s weekly rides. Which bring up to mind, it’s time to renew your club membership if you haven’t already done so. As a dues-paying member, you will be able to participate in all club social events and be eligible for prizes with mileage incentive program that I will rolling out this year. (More discussion at our next boarding meeting on Feb 13 @Leaves N Beans). I have included links below for ease of renewal.
Also, this Saturday, Feb 8th, PAMBA will be the showing their annual bicycle film at the Apollo Theatre(311 Main Street, Peoria), . This year’s film is ‘Rising from the Ashes’.(Go to www.risingfromashesthemovie.com to see the trailer.) They are expecting a large turnout for this film and suggest you purchase tickets in advance to ensure a seat the night of the show. Tickets are $10 in advance (plus a $1 service fee) at www.imathlete.com/events/risingfromashes. Tickets at the door the night of the show will be $15, if any remain.
Lastly, I have been receiving return emails when I sent out notices. Please update your contact info with Susan McCabe if you recently changed or plan to change your address or email address so she can update it. If you know someone from the club who is not receiving these notice, please pass the word to them. Thanks everybody for your time. Have a great week.
Option 1: Through a third party Signmeup.com (credit cards accepted) please click HERE **Note – this online service has a small convenience charge paid for by the member – amounting to around 2 dollars per membership. Using this service also makes it easier for our volunteer members to process your renewals.
Option 2: Please click HERE for a membership form you can print, fill out and mail if you prefer to sign-up using “snail-mail.”
Illinois Valley Wheelm’n President
Where: TGI Friday’s, 5300 W. War Memorial (across from the Shoppes at Grand Prairie)
When: Saturday, April 12, 6-8 pm
More: Order off the menu, separate checks
RSVP: Marsha by April 4th, email@example.com
This is not an IVW ride, but it is in our area:
This road ride provides you a chance to enjoy some of the best bike roads that northwest Illinois has to offer. The routes will feature loops that incorporate hills, rolling terrain, beautiful views of Bureau Creek with minimal traffic.
Well stocked rest stops, enthusiastic staff, and a nutritious meal to follow.
- Well-marked bike routes
- Well-paved, low traveled roadways
- Maps and cue for all routes.
- Radio-dispatched SAG until 3:00PM
- Post-ride meal provided
- Three rest stops supplied with food and beverages.
- Easy and fast check-in
- All riders must start between 6:00AM – 9:30AM
- 100 milers out by 8:00AM!
Before June 19th
Early Bird Registration – $25.00
After June 19th
Late Registration – $35.00
more information here: http://www.z-tour.org/
This year’s ride is scheduled for Saturday, August 23rd.
Recently a Bradley Student interviewed a few bicyclists for a story on our local bicycling culture / progress for a story in the Bradley Newspaper. Please click HERE to read the story – it’s a good one!