May 032020
 

Bike Month Logo

It’s National Bike Month — time for a full month of celebrating bikes.
So Many Reasons to Ride!

You and I know, bicycling makes life better. It makes us healthier and it makes us happier, two things that are always good for us and that are even more important in 2020.

In 2020, we’re doing National Bike Month a little differently than our usual Bike to Work Week (which has been postponed until September). Starting today, the League encourages everyone to get on a bike, go for a ride, and share the joy online together. 

For the 31 days in May, #BikesUnite us. Whether you’re riding for fun, fitness or with family, or taking essential trips to work or shop, you are part of a movement for safer streets, connected communities, a healthier planet, and happier people. 

Share photos of your solo or family rides on social media using #BikesUnite and share the joy biking brings you. By sharing your “reason to ride” on social media and encouraging friends and family across the country to go by bike, we can experience the joy of biking together even as we shelter at home apart.

Learn more about the League of American Bicyclists

[from League of American Bicyclists May newsletter]

Sep 242019
 

Bicyclist+Mag+CoverIf you’re a member of the League of American Bicyclists, you should have recently received the print edition of “American Bicyclist” the magazine in your mailbox. If you’re not yet a member, the magazine is now online and available to read and share with your friends. The Summer 2019 edition covers topics like:  Advocacy in Action and how your support helps us make biking better for all Americans, and The Bright Future of Bike Clubs: a checklist for leaders.  The League has also shifted its strategic focus to being more inclusive and adding value across our diverse communities. Specifically,

              • Positioning bicycling as something that helps others achieve their health, sustainability, and economic goals.
              • Serving, relating to and adding value to the entire population—across America’s diverse communities.
              • Leading and building partnerships inside and outside bicycling communities.
              • Empowering policymakers with an understanding of the inherent value of Bicycle Friendly Communities.

Love what you see? Join the League and get on their mailings.

Apr 112019
 

Cycling at sunriseGood Morning Early Risers / Early Riders. Are you interested participating in mid-week rides? Rides will begin between 6:00 and 7:00A with a distance of 25 – 30 miles. Typical average speed of about 11 – 14. Ride timing should work for members who are still gainfully employed and might like to get in a ride prior to going to work as well as for those with a more leisurely schedule. Winds are calmer and temps are cooler in the earlier morning hours. If interested, please text Jim at 707-486-0290 in order to be added to his group text message, remember to include your name with your text to him. RB

Aug 232018
 

Bike Friendly Community Survey BannerThe Town of Normal recently submitted an application to be re-designated as a “Bike Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists.  The League requires the Town to solicit feedback from local bicycle enthusiasts and stakeholders. Please consider taking 10 minutes (yes, it is a little long, but worth it) to contribute your thoughts.

To understand the BFC requirements and benefits, it is helpful to review what the Normal is already doing as well as the BFC award criteria (some excellent ideas here!).

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/app_BFC_FA18

Deadline for submissions is Sept. 20, 2018.

If you have any questions about the BFC process, please contact Mercy Davison, Normal Town Planner, at mdavison@normal.org or (309) 454-9590. Thanks for your support of making bikeable Normal! RB

Jun 242018
 
Muppets riding bicycles

Mellow Riders

NEW – Mellow Ride Tuesdays – 5:45P from the Y

Beginning Tuesday, June 26, 2018 and continuing through the end of August, there will be a mellow ride departing from the Y (Connie LInk, Normal) at 5:45P.  Like the Show & Go, we can decide as a group on a destination and social ending for the ride AND what we would like to do the following week! Tuesday Mellow Rides will likely stay mostly in town as we meander the trails and bike lanes in search of ice cream, tacos, etc. Hope to see you on Tuesdays. RB
If anyone wants to lead/coordinate a mellow ride on other days, please email Richard Verdrey with the details at least a week in advance so that the ride can be added to the weekly events email.

NOTE: Looks like rain is likely this Tuesday evening, June 26. Rides will be cancelled in the event of rain or lightening.

Aug 242017
 
Light the Night

The fourth annual Light the Night event in Uptown Normal [map it] will be held on Thursday, September 7th, 2017 from 5pm-8pm and features safety-checks, giveaways, and free bike lights for everyone. Any bike without lights gets a free front and rear LED light. Connect-Transit will be on hand offering hands-on demonstrations of their front loading bike racks.

Light the Night is sponsored by the Town of NormalConnect TransitGood to Go, Bike BloNo and Uptown Partners.

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