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Thanks for your interest in Ride Illinois and nonprofit bike advocacy! Our monthly e-newsletters contain relevant, useful information and stories about biking for recreation and transportation in Illinois. If you appreciate what we do, please become a member or make a donation by visiting rideillinois.org/join-support. We hope you enjoy this month’s e-newsletter.
Membership Drive (and Raffle)
Our Spring 2021 Membership Appeal ends on June 30th! Our goal for this appeal is 250 new Ride Illinois members by mid-June. Please join or renew and then help us reach this ambitious goal by sharing information about Ride Illinois with your network.
Learn more about our Spring Membership Appeal here.
HB270 Eliminates Local Match for Bike/Ped Infrastructure
We are thrilled to announce that a bill mandating that the state cover 100% of the cost of biking and walking infrastructure has passed both the Illinois House and Senate!
After many months of effort from you, other bike advocates and legislators, the Illinois House and Senate passed the bill (HB270) mandating that the state cover the full cost of biking and walking infrastructure in road projects on IDOT-maintained roads, just like they do for the car and truck parts of projects.
Active Transportation Alliance played a lead role, with Ride Illinois and the Metropolitan Planning Council collaborating on every aspect. The bill is now being sent to Governor Pritzker’s desk and is expected to be signed into law this summer. It passed with strong bipartisan majorities in both chambers.
Read the full action alert here.
Original Bike Taxi Renews Corporate Membership
Ride Illinois would like to thank the Original Bike Taxi for renewing their Ride Illinois corporate membership! The Original Bike Taxi is a Partner Level Ride Illinois corporate member and is a private car service specializing in transporting cyclists and their bicycles..
Contributions from corporate members allow us to expand existing programs and explore other ways to increase safety and get more adults and children excited about cycling for recreation and transportation! Annual membership levels begin at just $125.
Learn more on our website.
New Ride Illinois Board Members
We would like to welcome both Shawnee Day and Trevor Cottle to the Ride Illinois board!
Shawnee is a youth advocate, community builder, and musician hailing from Chicago's south slide. She is passionate about safe spaces for youth to express themselves creatively, and that extends to cycling. Shawnee works at West Town Bikes where she utilizes her undergrad skills (BFA in cultural studies concentrating on black world studies and urban studies), combined with her right brain personality as a program coordinator and social media manager. She is also the organizer of the Juneteenth Black JoyRide.
Trevor lives in Beardstown, and works for the Illinois Board of Education in their Multilingual support program. His interest in Ride Illinois is in advocacy for bike safety. Trevor wants to see everyone able to get out and enjoy riding the bike, but he is also concerned about those in the lower socioeconomic spectrum who have to use a bike as transportation. “I am thrilled to be a part of an advocacy organization that works to provide opportunity to promote safety and infrastructure for the most universal, efficient, accessible and fun machine on Earth (specifically in Illinois!): the bicycle,” Trevor said. “I hope that I can assist with rider diversity by aiding in expanding ridership and bicycle use in Latinx and other minority groups. I am very excited what Ride Illinois has accomplished and want to continue help the promote vision of the organization,” he added.
The board also reappointed Dick Westfall, Tallula, as board president; Cynthia Hoyle, Urbana, as board vice president; Patrick Smith, Barrington, as board treasurer; and Don Dirks, Ottawa, as board secretary.
We want to thank our new and returning board members for everything they do for Ride Illinois and bicycling in our state!
Ride Illinois Safely Update
Our enhanced education program, Ride Illinois Safely, is taking shape! We recently hired a coordinator, Jessica, who has already had an impact. Our content development efforts continue and we recently hosted the first classes through this new program. We partnered with the We Keep You Rollin’ Health & Wellness Group to offer two Learn to Ride courses for children in May. We’re excited about the long-term benefits of the Ride Illinois Safely program. Learn more and request a course at rideillinois.org/safety/education.
Bicycle Friendly Communities & Business in illinois
Regional Action Teams Update
Things are heating up with our Regional Action Teams! Nearly 40 people across Illinois have signed up as RAT volunteers. In the past couple weeks, we’ve been present at several events, including a bike rodeo in Barrington (see photo above). In addition to attending events, our volunteers are providing input on legislative priorities, engineering challenges, event planning and more! Learn more and apply to join your region’s RAT at rideillinois.org/advocacy/regional-action-teams.
Ride Illinois helps to promote the organized rides of our affiliated bike clubs and supporting organizations with our annual Ride Guide and our Ride & Advocacy Calendar.
- June 26 Ride Across Illinois (RAIL) South hosted by Bicycle Illinois, St. Louis MO
- July 1-17 Virtual Z Tour Bike Ride
- July 4 4th of July Century hosted by Joliet Bicycle Club, Plainfield
- July 4-10 Bike Northwoods Tour hosted by Bike Wisconsin, Boulder Junction, WI
- July 12 Tri-State Tour Chicago Century #1 hosted by Bicycle Illinois, Hammond, IN
- July 18 Biking with Beanzie hosted by Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club of DeKalb, DeKalb
- July 30-Aug 2 CowaLUNGa Charity Bike Tour, hosted by Respiratory Health Association, Gurnee
- July 30-Aug 2 Ride Across Wisconsin, hosted by Wisconsin Bike Fed, La Crosse, WI
Photos from the Bike Out Negativity event on May 22.
Making Illinois Better Through Biking!