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From Champaign County Bikes

The COVID 19 pandemic
We are all in this together...
with a degree of separation.

It seems like overnight our entire world has changed.  With those changes have come cancellations and adjustment to just about every aspect of what we have grown accustomed to as our "normal" lives.  So in this issue will be updates of the status of local and regional events and rides.  We will provide you with information and resources for keeping active during she shelter-in-place statewide order.  In a way of distracting from the 24/7 news cycles and updates we also have some links to some binge-worthy cycling related media.  

We've also included information to help parents introduce the freedom and love of cycling to their children as families head to local bike paths and recreational trails for fresh air.
Advocacy... is working for us.
Ride Illinois our statewide cycling advocacy group along with the Active Transportation Alliance had a substantial impact in crafting exemptions for cycling and other healthy outdoor physical activities.  It is obvious that these activities are a benefit to our health and if done to comply with social distance requirements, provide very little risk in contracting COVID-19. 

With that regard, here is the text relevant to cycling as well as bike shops as essential businesses:
Section 1.5. Leaving the home for essential activities is permitted. For purposes of this Executive Order, individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following Essential Activities:

         c.For outdoor activity. To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements, as defined below, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, running, or biking.

Bike Shops are Essential Businesses

12. Essential Businesses and Operations. For the purposes of this Executive Order, Essential Businesses and Operations means Healthcare and Public Health Operations, Human Services Operations, Essential Governmental Functions, and Essential Infrastructure, and the following:1
        e. Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation. Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities and bicycle shops and related facilities;
The Entire Executive Order Can be Read Here
Only a month or so ago, most of the world was watching events in China and South Korea and hoping that the coronavirus would stay contained. About three weeks ago, we started to prepare in earnest for some significant changes to our daily lives. Last week, we had to act and put those plans into motion. We are all working from home, keeping our distance, and getting on with the important work of building more resilient communities for everyone....

Resources for Introducing Children to Cycling

The C-U Safe Routes to School Project
Click Here to Learn More About C-U Safe Routes to School
C-U Safe Routes to School
Cycling Safety Videos...
You can watch all the videos HERE! - Child Bicyclist
Welcome to the bike safety quiz from Ride Illinois! Let's get started.

There are three quiz levels - Bronze (12 questions), Silver (7 questions), and Gold (6 questions). For each question, click the best choice and then click Next. When you get a question wrong, we'll tell you why. You will have three chances to get the right answer.

If you finish at least one level, you can create and email a Certificate of Completion.

Good luck!
Take the Quiz Here.
Things to Check Before Your Children Start Out on Their Bikes....
Shelter in Place
Media Suggestions...
  • Live performance by bicycle-loving musiciaBen Weaver
  • An incredible collection of independent bike movies curated by Filmed by Bike Director Ayleen Crotty - festival faves and award winners from over the years.
  • Community Global Hangout + Film Chat with bike filmmaker Manny Marquez.
  • Connect with the global bike community and support working artists.
This is a time for innovation, and we want you there alongside us. The world has never before experienced a bike event quite like this - together we can make it amazing.

Let's stand united to showcase that when faced with adversity, the bike community is unified. We are one.
 We hope to see you there!
Buy Tickets Here!
Here are a few titles for the cycling junkie:
Amazon Prime Video:
     The Longest Journey
     Inspired to Ride
     The World According to Lance
     Stop at Nothing
     The Road Uphill
     Heart Across America
     Le Ride
     The Ride
     Redemption Ride
     Ride to Extraordinary
     Ride with Larry
     Ride the Divide

     The Last Expected Day - Series
     Pedal World
     100 Meters
     Bikes vs Cars
     Personal Gold
     My Italian Secret
Rides in the Area
Video Inspiration... 

An 84-Hour Bikepacking Ramble through Scotland's Gloomy Grampians...

Alighting the Sleeper Train at the highest, remotest station on the West Highland Line, a group of cyclists head off on an opportunistic wintry journey to ride the old-established network of gravel drove roads, only to find themselves bogged-down exploring the alluring voids in between. That’s why they’re called push bikes, after all...

The Latest Documentary from Alee Denham as he cycles from Patagonia to Alaska.
One Last Thing... Yes that's toilet paper.
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