Alongside for the Journey: Grand Illinois Bike Tour, safer crossing at Wilke, Lake-Cook dinner roads

Alongside for the Journey: Grand Illinois Bike Tour, safer crossing at Wilke, Lake-Cook dinner roads

Bezos can have his weightless enjoyable. A brisk 15 to twenty mph cycle is pleasure sufficient for me. Re-entry is straightforward, protected, too, simply flicking down the kickstand.
Inexperienced lighting this column final July, the Each day Herald launched me into the bike writing ether, letting me report commonly with biking security the underlying thrust. Final 12 months my fear was matter, not using, exhaustion. Surprisingly, my very own biking stimulated concepts, not simply endorphins. Any anxiousness I might run out merely vanished.

Like bikes in an overloaded faculty rack, concepts quickly started toppling over one another, from readers, golf equipment and advocates. My downside grew to become, “How do I cowl all of them?”
Reply: Herald columnist Burt Constable. He reminded readers just lately that veteran journalist Jack Mabley, now deceased, “often wrote what he referred to as a ‘junk column,’ the place he made his level rapidly and moved on to a different matter.”
I am persevering with that high-quality custom, although I favor the time period “collage.”
Illinois By Bike
Journey Illinois’s 18th annual Grand Illinois Bike Tour in June attracted 193 contributors who explored Madison County Transit’s rails-to-trails system throughout from St. Louis, quiet roads, and close by cities together with Alton, Lebanon and Litchfield. Routes of 200 to 375 miles provided flexibility on the six-day tour, plus “loads of scenic and historic places,” per Ed Barsotti, Journey Illinois advisor and GIBT journey director.
Sights ranged from Mary Meachum’s Underground Railroad Freedom Crossing, U.S. Route 66, century-old Cahokia Mounds, and St. Louis’s Gateway Arch glimpsed throughout the mighty Mississippi.



GIBT originated when “board member Chuck Oestreich and Illinois Division of Pure Assets’ Dick Westfall (retired and now board president), envisioned a weeklong tour, tenting at state parks close to the Grand Illinois Path, a big community of trails/routes in Northern Illinois,” Barsotti explains.
“Over time, GIBT migrated to different elements of Illinois. This was the primary 12 months it was hotel-only.” The pandemic canceled tenting choices.
GIBT is the one multiday journey supporting Journey Illinois, the statewide, nonprofit bike advocacy group, whose mission is to make Illinois higher by way of biking. Government director, Dave Simmons, notes, “It is our largest annual fundraiser representing 20-25% of income.
“Journey Illinois was lucky to be in good monetary standing in 2020, and in a position to face up to the affect of the canceled fundraiser. Donations from some registered for 2020 GIBT had been very beneficiant,” mentioned Simmons.
It isn’t too early to start out excited about the June 2022 tour, rolling by way of Bloomington, Regular and Peoria countryside. Registration on Journey Illinois’s web site at will open Nov. 1.



Biking teacher coaching
Chicago SAFE (Streets Are For All people) Ambassadors/Imaginative and prescient Zero program is sponsoring a League of American Bicyclists League Biking Teacher (LCI) certification seminar for skilled cyclists keen on coaching others to bike safely.
The Sept. 24-26 seminar consists of classroom instruction, on-bike dealing with abilities, plus examination. Instruction will Zoom on-line, with on-bike coaching at a College of Illinois-Circle Campus coated parking zone. The seminar focuses on instructing and demonstration methods to make use of with college students at school and on bikes.
Candidates should be LAB members, have handed the LCI-led Good Biking class not less than one month earlier than the seminar, and register on LAB’s web site material/become-instructor. Registered candidates full an open-book examination utilizing seminar supplies.
Larry Mysz, LCI program nationwide coach, will conduct the seminar. Mysz, an Energetic Transportation Alliance Board Member since 2011, serves on the Bike/Ped Committee, and belongs to Of us on Spokes Biking Membership.

Greater than 50 members, founders and honored company celebrated McHenry County Bicycle Membership’s fortieth anniversary June 26 in Johnsburg.
– Courtesy of McHenry County Bicycle Membership

Left on the enhancing ground
• Biking With out Age trishawing resurrected nice reminiscences for 90-year-old Rita Moody in Arlington Heights, from Michigan’s Apple Cider Century to Barrington Hills highway bike outings together with her husband. She was following the Tour de France once I phoned, interrupting her viewing.
“Watching the tour jogged my memory of using with the Wheeling Wheelmen to Lake Geneva,” she reminisced. “Coming again we had a tail wind and, boy, we had been actually touring then.”
• Alan Kooperman, retired highschool social research and store trainer refurbishes used bikes for donation. Whereas Chicago’s West City Bikes advantages essentially the most, his volunteering accompanies him to Bonita Springs.
“In Florida many retirees wish to bike for train,” he explains. “After they grow old, they generally resolve it is probably not sensible to journey any extra. Some condos and massive flats find yourself with deserted bikes, some hardly used.”

At Café of Life, a homeless charity, Kooperman fixes them.
“We donate bikes to individuals who want them for attending to work, no questions requested.”
• A aspect perk of biking columnists is getting invited to occasions, together with McHenry County Bicycle Membership’s fortieth anniversary celebration June 26. Unable to attend their 40-miler, I Zoomed on the “Jumbotron” display on the Johnsburg neighborhood middle luncheon. I felt proper at residence among the many honored company, together with membership founders Lon Haldeman, Chuck Howenstine, Erin Hynes, George Mann and John Shiel. Greater than 50 celebrated fellowship, reminiscences and a meal collectively. Forty years is plenty of miles and much more fellowship.

Paula Matzek, Rose Pisano and Theresa Walsh journey throughout the brand new bike/pedestrian crossing at Wilke and Lake-Cook dinner roads to the Buffalo Creek Forest Protect.
– Courtesy of Roger Hitchings/Arlington Heights Bike Membership

• Bikers and pedestrians can now safely cross busy Lake-Cook dinner Street at Wilke to get pleasure from 5.5 miles of trails in Lake County’s Buffalo Creek Forest Protect. Cyclists can entry the protect with out risking the Schaeffer Street crossing — no crosswalk or indicators — or the bustling Arlington Heights Street intersection one mile east. Cooperation amongst Lake and Cook dinner counties and village of Arlington Heights supported this security enchancment. It included $198,300 in federal funds and $33,717 every from Cook dinner County and Arlington Heights.
• Be a part of the journey. Contact Ralph Banasiak at [email protected]


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