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Dear Ride Illinois,

Thanks for your interest in Ride Illinois and our statewide, nonprofit bike advocacy work. Together, we’re making Illinois better through biking! Our monthly e-newsletters contain relevant, useful information and stories about biking for recreation and transportation in Illinois. We hope you enjoy this month’s e-newsletter.

Did you know that you can easily check your membership status and giving history by clicking here? We hope you enjoy this new feature of our membership portal!

 

Education Materials Available in Spanish
2021 Bike Law Wallet Card Spanish

Ride Illinois’ education materials are now available in Spanish! In addition to the free, online Spanish BikeSafetyQuiz, our BikeSafetyQuiz info cards and Bike Law Wallet Cards will be used to reach the 17% of Illinois residents who speak Spanish. 

Contact us at info@rideillinois.org to request any of our education materials.

 

Membership Drive Raffle Winners
Raffle Prizes

We want to thank the 351 individuals who renewed their membership or joined during our Spring 2021 Membership Appeal! Congrats to the winners of our raffle prizes!

Learn more about Ride Illinois memberships at rideillinois.org/membership.

 

New Ride Illinois Corporate Member
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Ride Illinois would like to thank Fox Valley Park District for becoming the newest Ride Illinois corporate member! The Fox Valley Park District is a Friend Level Corporate Member. The park district serves the communities of Aurora, Montgomery and North Aurora and maintains 168 parks and 48 miles of inter-connected regional trails amid 2,500 acres of parkland.

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.

 

Ride Illinois Safely
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We’re spreading the word about our new education program, Ride Illinois Safely. We’ve received multiple requests for bike education courses and are working with League Cycling Instructors to fulfill those requests. Upcoming courses are scheduled in DeKalb, Western Springs, and Urbana. Interested in learning more about this new program? Visit rideillinois.org/safety/education or contact us at education@rideillinois.org.

 

Regional Action Teams Update
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Photo credit: Jason Schneider

Our Regional Action Team volunteers have been out and about this summer! From Food Truck Fridays in Sterling to community bike rides in Niles to the Ride with D45 in Villa Park, friendly RAT volunteers have been sharing their love of cycling around the state.

The time and energy that volunteers offer help to expand Ride Illinois’ reach and bring the benefits of riding a bike to the community level. To learn more about our Regional Action Teams and sign up as a volunteer, visit rideillinois.org/advocacy/regional-action-teams.

 

Advocacy in Action in Huntley
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Walkers and Bicyclists for a Safer Community, at Del Webb's Sun City Huntley, recently participated in Bike Huntley. Their volunteers handed out swag bags that included cards on BikeSafetyQuiz and Ride Illinois stickers, spoke to people on their “It’s Right to be Bright” campaign and gathered signatures for a petition on safe pedestrian and cycling conditions. Earlier this summer, the organization participated in the community's Annual Concert and Golf Cart Parade with their “Safe Days are Happy Days, It’s Right to be Bright” entry to promote walking and cycling safety and their current campaign reminding folks to be visible to motorists by wearing bright, colorful clothing while walking or cycling. The group is a great example of residents working to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians!

 

2021 Let’s Ride, Illinois! 
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Taking place from September 10 through 19 all around the state, 2021 Let's Ride, Illinois is a celebration of the freedom and benefits that riding a bike offers. The affiliated, community bike rides are free of charge and open to all. This event encourages adults and children from Rockford to Cairo (and all places in between) to enjoy a casual bike ride with their neighbors and to experience their community by bike.

Want to help Ride Illinois promote the many benefits of biking for recreation and transportation in your community? If so, you can register a ride or attend an associated ride! Learn more at rideillinois.org/events/lets-ride-illinois-2021.

 

Upcoming Events

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.

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Photos from the Ride with D45 and WKYR’s Legacy Ride
 

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