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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. We hope you enjoy this month’s e-newsletter.
Nearly $106 Million Awarded in ITEP Grants
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced nearly $106 million awarded for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program! More than 90 are bicycle/pedestrian and trails projects, in all 9 IDOT districts from Altamont to Wilmette! More than 20 projects are being awarded $2 million with 32 projects receiving state funding assistance for 50% of local match required and 31 projects receiving 100% of local match required.
Regional Action Teams Update
Photo credit: Jason Schneider
Our friendly Regional Action Team (RAT) volunteers have been out and about in the past month at several events around the state, including Food Truck Friday in Rock Falls on July 9th. We recently purchased some Ride Illinois banners so we’re more visible at outdoor events.
The purpose of the RATs is to spread the word about the many benefits of biking and we’re fortunate to have over 40 people who have signed up as volunteers to date. Interested in the RATs? Learn more and apply to join your region’s RAT on our website.
Major Website Upgrade
We are very excited to share a major website upgrade! Everything is faster - BikeSafetyQuiz, safety resources, advocacy tools...and becoming a member! Check out the upgraded website and let us know what you think!
A Big Thank You!
We want to thank everyone who gave to Ride Illinois during our Spring 2021 Membership Appeal! Nearly 400 people became members or renewed their memberships from May 15 through July 16. We had 274 renewing members and 88 new Ride Illinois members! Raffle winners will be announced soon!
For a limited time, you can buy our Ride Illinois jerseys from our Primal store! The cost of a jersey is $65 plus $10 shipping, which is the same cost as buying a jersey through our online store. The Primal Store will be open through Wednesday, Aug. 11th. One big perk is that your size will be available! The Primal store will only be open for three weeks, so don’t delay! Jerseys will be delivered around September 24.
Edward Jones Financial Advisor Yev Kozachuk, based in Mt. Prospect, is a Silver Level Corporate Member.
Chicago bike shop Earth Rider Cycling and law firm Seidman Margulis & Fairman are Friend Level Corporate Members.
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.
Thank You to Bicycle Club of Lake County
We want to thank the Bicycle Club of Lake County for the club's recent $2,000 donation to Ride Illinois! BCLC is a Platinum Level Affiliated Club and we are very grateful for their continued support of our advocacy efforts!
Learn more about our affiliated clubs and community organizations on our website.
Attend our July 27 Board Meeting
Our next board of directors meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 27th. Ride Illinois members and supporters are invited to attend and can usethis link to register!