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Your twice monthly newsletter for 

Cycling in the Champaign County Area.

From Champaign County Bikes

Bike to Work Day kicks off Bike Month on Tuesday May 1st.  This issue is dedicated to getting you ready for Bike Month and Bike to Work Day. Look for ways you can get involved in a month full of activities in the greater Champaign County community.  We are including links to Bike to Work registration, the Bike Month Calendar as well as volunteer opportunities.  Bike Month sponsorship and participation is the primary fundraiser for Champaign County Bikes and its effort to let your voice be heard in helping the community become the most bike friendly and accessible community it can be.  We look forward to seeing you on May 1st!
Advocacy... become involved!
Bike to Work Day is just 2 weeks away.  You can participate in a numbers of ways on Tuesday May 1.  Register your Bike-to Work commute, make a donation to support advocacy in Champaign - Urbana, then stop by your designated Bike-to-Work Station to receive your T-Shirt.  You can also Volunteer as a host at a Bike-to-Work Station.  For those Truly committed to supporting active cycling in our community, you can sponsor a Bike-to-Work Station.
The Bike Month Calendar
Riding a bike instead of driving a car is good for the environment, but how much? 
How much of an impact could biking have if it increased around the world?
Project Drawdown - the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. Leonardo Covis will show the calculated effects, both financial and environmental, of increased development of bicycle infrastructure around the world. Covis’ research will reveal current rates of bicycle ridership in countries from every global region and, importantly, how those rates can increase through simple and inexpensive means such as complete streets design. Join the discussion to see how riding bikes can prevent billions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions and save municipalities trillions of dollars.

A presentation of research conducted by Leonardo Covis 
Kickapoo Mountain Bike Club  Spring Work Day - May 5
Everyone who enjoys riding at Kickapoo please come out and help get our trails ready for 2018. We will meet at 12:30pm to organize groups to head out to various work sites.  After work KMBC will provide food and we'll have a short information meeting about whats in the works with our trails and welcome questions and comments for the club. Hope to see you all on the 5th!
Register for the River to Rail Ride
The 5th Annual River to Rail Ride 

Saturday June 2

There will be a 64 mile, a 33 mile loop, and a newly added mid length route of 48 miles.

Early registration will be $35 until May 12th and those registrants will receive a free KRT tee shirt. Cost for those who register after May 12th and on the day of event will also be $35 but they will not receive a complimentary tee shirt. There will be KRT tee shirts and other merchandise available for sale on the day of event.

Registration will begin at 7:00 AM. Riders may start at 7:30 AM. Those who wish to ride the 62 mile route need to begin no later than 8:30 AM. All riders must start by 10:00 AM.

A lunch will be provided for all cyclists upon completion of the ride.

All routes will have SAG support and there will be rest stops available with snacks and drinks. Rest stops and SAG support will end at 2:30 PM

The route is an open road course and riders must obey all the rules of the road. 

Helmets are required by all riders. Safety first!   The ride will take place rain or shine.
All proceeds will benefit the Kickapoo Rail Trail.
KRT User Survey Gets Underway!

Volunteer to help the Champaign County Forest Preserve District understand how the Kickapoo Rail Trail is impacting the local economies and quality of life in the communities it connects.

Sign up for just a few hours between April 15, 2018 and September 30, 2018 or take multiple shifts throughout the study to help trail users take a short survey about their visits to the Kickapoo Rail Trail. All volunteers must complete the University of Illinois' on-line ethics training, and attend a 1 hour trail survey training session on Monday, March 26, 6-7pm or Tuesday morning, March 27, 10-11am in Huff Hall #114, 1206 S Fourth St., Champaign, Illinois. (Additional training sessions will be scheduled soon.)

Volunteer shifts are 3 hours long, served alongside the trail on multiple days at one of three locations - Urbana, Mayview or St. Joseph; you may volunteer for consecutive shifts.

Sign up
and watch up-close how the Kickapoo Rail Trail is making a difference in Champaign County
Volunteer to Help the Survey Here
Join us on Monday, May 7 at the University of Illinois at Chicago for a day of learning and networking with up to 300 bicycle advocates, planners, civil engineers, elected officials, and others from around the state. With a range of session topics – from bikeway design and tips to advocacy and community engagement – the summit offers strategies to help you make progress in your town.
Summit Registration
A Bike rodeo is an opportunity for parents and children to learn about and practice some basic bicycling skills. Volunteers will help kids navigate a short bicycle skills training course and learn about the importance of wearing a helmet and bicycle safety.

Saturday, May 19th, 8am - 1pm
Leonhard Center, 2307 Sangamon Dr,
Champaign, IL
Learn More and Volunteer
Rides in the area...
The truth about the stunning Pink Moon. The Pink Moon's name is a signifier of spring: The nickname comes from a plant called moss pink or wild ground phlox — one of the first spring flowers, according to the Farmer's Almanac.

Ride Info:
Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL
Windsor Road Parking Lot
7:00pm - Gather & Socialize
7:15pm - Departure for Sidney Dairy Barn
LEMON is the flavor of the day!
The 2nd Annual CU Food Cruise, Saturday, May 12, 11:00 AM.  Leaving from and returning to the Red Bicycle Ice Cream Shop, 2740 Philo Rd in Urbana, the ride will follow an easy 16 mile route through Champaign-Urbana and feature stops at these local eateries.
Women's MTB Clinic Info
The Ride for Ray has something for everyone, and this years ride is a USA Cycling Gran Fondo. To kick things off, we will have a banquet the night before the ride. We have three courses to choose from and there will be individual and team events for the timed 62 mile and 124 mile routes.  The 30 mile route will take riders through historic downtown Sadorus, which is the oldest town in Champaign county and has some great shops along main street. The 62 and 124 mile timed routes will take riders out to beautiful Allerton Park in Monticello. 
Ride for Ray!

Habitat 500 is an annual bike ride across the state of Minnesota that raises funds for our Champaign County Habitat!  Dozens of local riders have participated over the years. This year’s ride (July 15-21) features the rolling hills of central Minnesota;  meals and overnight accommodations, as well as full sag wagon support throughout.  Our local Habitat riders from Champaign County have raised over $100,000+ over the last decade of participation; and would welcome new participants to “come along for the ride!”

For more information about participating, please contact ride coordinator
Kristin Skaar at or (612) 331-4439 ex 4.  

Go to Habitat
The Campus Bike Center — a collaboration between the University of Illinois and The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign — is dedicated to empowering individuals with knowledge about how to repair and maintain bicycles....
Learn More
Travel By Bike... 
A spectacular coast-to-coast mountain bike trek across Scotland.
One Last Thing....
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