Help Us Celebrate National Bike Month
With spring in the air, Champaign County Bikes, in partnership with the City
of Champaign, City of Urbana, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, C-U MTD, and the Village of Savoy announce that Tuesday, May 4 is C-U Bike to Work Day. Everyone is encouraged to bike to work or try cycling for fun, fitness or transportation. Participating cyclists should register at ChampaignCountyBikes.org. Free drinks and breakfast snacks will be provided between 7am and 10am to all participants at each of four area Bike Stations: downtown Champaign at Neil and Main Streets, downtown Urbana at Vine and Main Streets, Engineering Plaza across Green Street from the Illini Union, and the Savoy Recreation Center.
Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists, said, “Biking to work is an efficient and fun way to get the exercise you need, without having to find extra time to work out. And this year, with gasoline prices as high as they are, biking to work makes more sense than ever.” For more information, visit www.bikeleague.org.
Local sponsors include: Common Ground Food Co-Op, Jim Gould, C-U Mass Transit District, The Bike Project, Prairie Cycle Club, Urbana Business Association, Champaign Cycle, Weiskamp Screen Printing, and Carle.
Following are some tips that will help you enjoy biking to work more:
- Have your bike checked over by your local bike shop
- Always wear a helmet to protect your head in the event of a crash
- Ride in the right-most lane that goes in the direction that you are traveling
- Obey all stop signs, traffic lights and lane markings
- Look before you change lanes or signal a turn; indicate your intention, then act
- Be visible and predictable at all times; wear bright clothing and signal turns
Note to Editors: The mission of Champaign County Bikes is to encourage and facilitate bicycling as transportation and recreation, and to promote public awareness of the benefits that bicycling brings to our community.