Local Advocacy Organizations
Bike BloNo promotes the bicycle for everyday transportation in Bloomington-Normal. To fulfill its mission, Bike BloNo advocates for the development and implementation of community, regional, and state-wide bicycle systems, promotes safe and proper bicycle use, promotes public awareness of bicyclists’ rights and responsibilities, and the necessity for all to safely share the road, protects and defends the rights of bicyclists, and provides an opportunity for members to socialize with others who have an interest in bicycles.
West Bloomington Revitalization Project,“Located in the heart of the city, West Bloomington will be characterized by its high quality-of-life, empowered residents and deep sense of pride. Through partnerships and strong associations, and building on the neighborhood’s history and diversity, West Bloomington will be home to new jobs, homes, and vibrant public gathering spaces in a safe and welcoming community.”
Friends of the Constitution Trail is a group which works for expansion and beautification of the trail. Through membership dues, donations and grants, we help fund drinking fountains, signs, benches, landscaping, and shelters. One of the main goals is for the trail to stretch throughout Bloomington-Normal, reaching as many neighborhoods as possible, so that people don’t have to drive to use it.
Bloomington and Normal Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plans. The Town of Normal Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan (2009) lays out comprehensive strategies for system-wide improvements and specifies exactly what needs to be done to achieve the Town’s goal of becoming a better walking and bicycling community. These strategies will help Normal leverage the necessary funding and resources needed to achieve this goal. The City of Bloomington approved their Bicycle Master Plan in 2014.
State Advocacy Organizations
Ride Illinois (formerly League of Illinois Bicyclists) is a non-profit organization working statewide for better bicycling conditions. We work for bike friendly roads, favorable legislation, and education on sharing our roads safely, so you can get out there and Ride Illinois.
Bicycling in the State of Illinois
The State of Illinois is committed to sustainable, integrated multi-modal transportation and believes that non-motorized transportation initiatives are a critical element of this mission. Recognizing that sustainable transportation requires a broad-based collaboration between stakeholders in government, education, non-profits, and private industry, the State seeks to develop bicycle policies that promote safe, sustainable, and fiscally responsible bicycling in Illinois.
Illinois Bike Transportation Plan will follow the Long Range Plan’s theme of Transforming Transportation for Tomorrow and will provide the Department with policies, best practices and strategic direction for implementing a sustainable, multi-modal vision for Illinois.
Trails for Illinois is building a statewide trails community that will integrate trails and trail experiences into Illinois work, play and life.
National Advocacy Organizations
League of American Bicyclists (LAB) is a non-profit membership organization which promotes cycling for fun, fitness and transportation through advocacy and education. A §501(c)(3) nonprofit, the League is one of the largest membership organizations of cyclists in the United States
Bikes Belong is sponsored by the U.S. bicycle industry with the goal of putting more people on bicycles more often. We have nearly 400 members—bicycle suppliers and retailers combining resources to improve bicycling in America. Based in Boulder, Colorado, we have 38 professional staff (including the Safe Routes to School National Partnership team), 20 volunteer directors, and a $7.5 million annual operating budget.
Rails To Trails Conservancy (RTC) is an American nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. that works with communities to preserve unused rail corridors by transforming them into rail trails within the United States of America. The mission of RTC is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. Use Trail Link to locate RTC trails.
With more and more people getting out and cycling, it’s no surprise there are many resources available offering info ranging from cycling tips to safety. Here are a couple of links you may find useful: