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Welcome to the Blue Island Bicycle Club

Please click on the "read more" link at the bottom of each news or event entry. I try to update each of the events afterward with pictures, results, and ride reports.

Sorry, I had to share this video with everyone! Too cool!

We are a family-friendly, community-oriented cycling group who loves to enjoy a good ride. Be sure to check out our website and our listing of helpful bicycle links and various articles on topics such as being visible while riding or riding with kids.

For more information about the Blue Island Bicycle Club, Contact Jane Healy.

Also, please scroll to the bottom of this page for updated schedules, event listings, etc.

The kids "Friday Night Bike Crew" is an expansion of the BIBC. Every Friday night at 4 pm, about 15-25 children show up for an organized bike ride. Routes include going to local parks, Memorial Park pool, Stony Creek, the Major Taylor Trail, the Lakefront Bike Path and other exciting locales.

Note: we *usually* do not have rides on the last Friday of the month, or when Mrs. Healy is on vacation.

Contact Jane Healy for more info.

To get the old schedules, simply click on the link in the second paragraph above (look for underlined "schedule" word, scroll your mouse over it, and click).
Thank you for your interest in the BIBC. We hope to see you soon on one of our rides!

Friday Night Bike Crew!

Every friday night (except, generally, the last Friday of the month), you can join us for this free, fun bike ride.

Rides are geared for children up to about 13 years old. Children under 8 must have a parent accompany them.

All rides must be on a safe bicycle with functioning brakes and riders must wear a helmet.

It goes without saying, but your child should be able to ride a bike safely and for a significant distance. While we tailor each ride to the needs of the weakest rider, if your child has just started riding a bike, chances are, they are NOT ready to join this club yet. Riders should be comfortable with riding a *minimum* of 3-4 miles at a decent speed. We frequently do closer to 8 miles, and in the full summer months, we very rarely do a 12-14 mile ride (although these are planned well in advance!).

From mid-August until June 1st (ie. fall, winter and spring), riders MUST have a white headlight for their bicycle. This can be as simple as a small flashlight attached to the handlebars with rubber bands. IL law *requires* cyclists to have a white front light if they are riding after dark. We prefer riders to have a white headlight at all times--regardless of the time of year.

Rides go from 4:30 until 6 to 8 pm, depending on the length of the ride, time of year, the destination, and the ability of the children on the ride. Pool rides generally return around 9:15 pm.

*Make sure children eat before they arrive* or have them bring a snack and water in a backpack. Many times our target destination has water available, but don't assume so. All of the parks shut off their water fountains on Nov. 1, and they remain off until April or May, depending on the park district. It's not a bad idea for kids to bring a water bottle for each ride.

Rides are at an easy pace (~8 miles/hour) and can be as short as 2 miles or as long as 10 miles, depending on the weather, the time of year, and the experience of the kids who show up for that day's ride. All rides have a destination in mind: a park, playground, waterway, forest, public pool, etc.

Participants must have a signed waiver on file with the Blue Island Bicycle Club. This can be handled just before your first ride (but it must be signed by a parent or guardian).

All riders are required to go through a brief road safety skills and group riding skills presentation before each ride.

For more information about the Blue Island Bicycle Club, Contact Jane Healy.

Also, please scroll to the bottom of this page for updated schedules, event listings, etc.

IN CASE OF RAIN: it there is thunder and lightning, the ride will ALWAYS be cancellend. If there is heavy rain, the ride is cancelled. If it is drizzling or the rain is sporadic, call or text Mrs. Healy at 708.308.8662 for more information. Be sure to identify who you are when you text. Summer showers often pass very quickly, so while conditions may be terrible at 3:30, they might be fine by 4:30.

SATURDAY MORNING RIDES

BIG kid Bike Club

Now that 27 kids have successfully graduated from the Cal-Sag Cycles program, we have a lot of folks in town with good, swift bikes. With the need for faster, longer rides, the Blue Island Bicycle Club has formed a new group that rides on Saturday mornings , 2-4x a month (depending on outside commitments). These rides are frequented by adults as well as kids ages 12 and up.

The rides are generally 15-25 miles long at a pace of about 12-14 mph. Most originate from Blue Island, but if we have a small enough group and/or enough transportation, we trek to trails and routes farther afield such as the Old Plank Road or Waterfall Glen. We have taken some much longer rides--up to 40 miles, and the intention is that riders will build up capacity as the season progresses.

Rides start at 8 am in the summer, and at 9 am in the cooler months. We leave from the garage at 12056 Maple Avenue; riders are expected to get their tires pumped--every ride--without supervision. We generally return around noon, later if we are driving to the route, or the route is exceptionally long. Riders are encouraged to wear safety vests or brightly colored t-shirts. Riders under the age of 18 are required to wear a safety vest. All riders must also have a well functioning bicycle as well as a helmet.

Please bring plenty of water and a few bucks cash to pay for any snack stops that *might* occur after the ride.

Any questions? Contact Jane Healy.

Also, please scroll to the bottom of this page for updated schedules, event listings, etc.


Snow, snow, snow and COLD!

Usually the cold doesn't slow us down too much. But this winter has proved to be the exception to the rule. We've only had 2 formal rides since the December Festival of Lights Parade. Yikes! What's happened?

Well, what's happened is a ton of snow. Because Blue Island hasn't salted the streets (and why should they? The salt doesn't work at lower temps), the streets have remained remarkably snow packed for almost all of Jan. and now into Feb. I generally ride my bike to work every day, but even *I* have been stumped this winter in my normal bike perambulations.

As a result, bike club is on Winter hiatus until approximately mid April. The Healy family will be on Winter break in regions warmer for Spring break, and then Mrs. Healy will be out of town for work in early April. That pushes the first formal Bike Club ride for 2013 all the way back to April 11!!!

It's possible that we will do some pick up rides in March when the weather gets better. Please call or text Mrs. Healy directly at 708 308 8662. Preface your text with "Bike Club."


 BIBC
Rides: Bike Club Schedule of Events: Summer 2013
  Summer 2013

***All bikes MUST have a white front light: This is the law in IL!*** All rides start at 4:30 pm. (ABC Quick Check from 4 pm onward) Dress for the weather! Bring water and a helmet!

FRIDAY RIDES = FAMILIES AND YOUNGER KIDS

SATURDAY RIDES = MORE AGGRESSIVE/FASTER RIDERS

Friday, June 28--Makeup ride for cancelled Pool Ride event. Ride starts at *5 pm*--returns at 9 pm. Ride first for about 4 miles, pool at 6:15 pm. Bring suit, towel, $ for food if you want it. Pool entry is free.

Saturday, June 29--For experienced riders only! Lakefront trail and Fix-A-Flat Workshop. Bring $ for lunch and train fare (Metra if small group, CTA if large group; at least $5 for transit). Ride leaves at 8:30 am SHARP, returns ~3 pm. Fast pace. At least 15 miles!

Sunday, June 30--Female only ride! Chinatown and the historic near South Side. Riders must bring at least $10 for dinner, plus Metra Train fare ($4 r/t for students, $7 for adults r/t) Meet at 2:45 pm SHARP, return ~ 9:30 pm. About 20 miles.

Friday, July 5--No bike club for the Fourth of July weekend.

Friday, July 12--Mt. Greenwood Park and Playground. Bring a towel and/or dry t-shirt as there are play fountains at this park. Ride about 7 miles.

Saturday, July 13--Tour de Fat! http://tinyurl.com/TourBIBC 7:40 am SHARP, return late... probably around 7:30 pm. Riders need to bring $ for food (*excellent food truck options at the festival*) and for transit ($4 r/t students, $7 r/t adults). Bring sunscreen and water! Silly costumes and/or decorated bikes are strongly encouraged. This is a long, hot, but very fun day. Ride about 18 miles.

Thursday, July 19--Beverly Hills Cycling Classic will be running in nearby Beverly neighborhood. I can’t go to this due to a school board meeting, but I encourage families to go out and watch the some of the top racers in the United States as they fly over the hills of Beverly (average speed 35 mph!). Festival at 107th and Longwood. http://www.bapa.org/content.aspcontentid=156

Friday, July 20--Pool Ride! Meet at 5 pm. We will ride for about 1 hour before we swim. Bring suit and towel, plus $ for food if you want it. Pool entry is free. Return around 9:30 pm.

Friday, July 26--Last Friday of the month. No ride.

Friday, Aug. 2--Hurley Park and Playground.

Friday, Aug. 9 and 16--No bike club. Healy family on vacation.

Friday, Aug. 23--Pool Ride! Meet at 5 pm. We will ride for about 1 hour before we swim. Bring suit and towel, plus $ for food if you want it. Return around 9:30 pm. Pool entry is free.

Friday, Aug. 30--last Friday of the month. No bike ride. Enjoy your Labor Day off!

Friday, Sept. 6--Blue Bridge and Fay’s Point. We will be hiking and climbing, so wear the right shoes. Bring insect repellent or spray up before heading out!

Saturday, Sept. 7--Tinley Creek Trail. Meet at 8:30 am, return around noon. Bring water, sunscreen (and some $ as we might stop for snacks). Ride is about 14 miles if we have a small group and can drive to trailhead, about 24 miles if we ride from Blue Island.

Friday, Sept. 13--Ride to Rainbow Cone. Bring about $5 for ice cream. Ride is about 9 miles.

Saturday, Sept. 14--Hike and Ride, Lake Katherine to Turtlehead Lake. Drivers will be needed for this event--please contact Ms. Healy if you are willing to help. Meet at 9 am, return around noon. Bring water and some $ to go to the Nature Center. Ride is about 9 miles.

Friday, Sept. 20--Ride to Mt. Greenwood Park. Ride is about 7 miles.

Friday, Sept. 27--no bike ride. Last friday of the month.

Contact information: Jane Healy at 708-308-8662 (cell) or repto@aol.com Website: www.bibc.us

  | Rides Posted by janeh on June 30, 2013
 
 BIBC
Rides: Bike Club Schedule of Events: Spring 2013
  Bike Club Schedule of Events: Spring 2013

***All bikes must have a white front light: This is the law in IL!*** All rides start at 4:30 pm. (ABC Quick Check from 4 pm onward) Dress for the weather! Bring water!

Friday, May 3--Blue Bridge ride (and hike). Dress for muddy conditions.

Saturday, May 4-- Old Plank Road ride. Bring $ for lunch. Ride leaves at 9 am, returns ~ 1pm. Fast pace. At least 15 miles!

Sunday, May 5--Cinco de Mayo ride. Bring $ for treats. Meet at 4 pm, returns ~ 6pm.

Friday, May 10--Mt Greenwood Park.

Saturday, May 11--Community Garden Project and ride. Meet at 9 am, return ~12:30 pm. Wear old clothes.

Tuesday, May 14-- District 130 Bike Day! You MUST wear safety vest for the day. Meet at 8:10 am at the bike rack at Paul Revere Intermediate School. VMMS students follow PE instructions.

Friday, May 17/Sat. May 18-- No ride. Mrs. Healy will be out of town.

Friday, May 24/Sat. May 26--Memorial Day Weekend. Bike the Drive on Sunday! Register at www.bikethedrive.org. 30 Miles of Lake Shore Drive with no cars!

Friday, May 31--No bike ride (last Friday of the month)

Friday, June 7--Stoney Creek ride.

Friday, June 14--Whistler Woods ride. Dress for working in the woods.

Saturday, June 15 --Drivin’ The Dixie ride. Ride starts at 8 am, returning around noon.

Friday,June 21--Pool Ride. Bring swimsuit and towel (+$ if snacks wanted). Return 9:30 pm!

Friday, June 28--No bike ride (last Friday of the month)

Saturday, June 29--Female only ride! Fix a Flat workshop on the Lakefront Trail. Meet at 8:30, bring $4 or $8.50 for the train ride into city. Girls MUST HAVE A STUDENT ID to get the $4 rate. Bring $ for lunch (Navy Pier) or a brown bag lunch. Return 5:45 pm.

Contact information: Jane Healy at 708-308-8662 (cell) or repto@aol.com Website: www.bibc.us

  | Rides Posted by janeh on June 30, 2013
 
 Bike Rides
Fall Schedule 2012
  Friday Night Bike Club Schedule of Events: Fall 2012

***All bikes must have a white front light: This is the law in IL!***

Dress for the weather: rain gear, gloves, hats, warm coats, snow pants

Friday, Oct. 19-- Halloween Fun Ride. Ride starts at 5:30 pm and ends by 8 pm.

Sunday, Oct. 21-- Co-Ride with the Friends of the Major Taylor Trail. Meet at 1:30 pm, return around 4 pm. Bring water.

Friday, Oct. 26-- No bike ride (last Friday of the month)

Friday, Nov. 2-- Chili ride! Riders need $4/$8 (under 10/over 10) for dinner at St. Phillip Lutheran Church at the end of the ride. (The ride happens first, chili supper after. Riders are not required to eat dinner, but we are encouraging everyone as it supports a local institution, it's fun, and the supper is *excellent*!) Ride starts at 4:30 pm, returning around 8:00 pm.

Saturday, Nov. 3-- Whistler Woods Work Day. 10 am-noon. Clean-up event at nearby Whistler Woods Forest Preserve (131st and Halsted, just south of the canal). Everyone is welcome; families need their own transportation for this event if they are unable to ride their bike 8 miles. Riders meet at 9 am at the garage. We will be clearing brush, removing invasive plants, and possibly doing a brush pile burn (depends on weather conditions). Wear old clothing.

Friday, Nov. 9-- Normal club ride. Ride starts at 4:30 pm, returning around 7:00 pm.

Saturday, Nov. 10-- Veterans Day PARADE at 11 am! Meet at 9:40 am. Children should meet at the garage by 9:40 am. Dress warmly, but try to wear Red/White/Blue for the event. American flags are very appropriate, as are other patriotic decorations on your bicycle (ribbons, swags, etc). Ride ends at Memorial Park. Children can be picked up at the park, or may choose to ride back to the garage with Mr. Healy.

Friday, Nov. 16--!!!CANCELLED!!! Sorry. Normal club ride. Ride starts at 4:30 pm, returning around 6:30 pm. !!!! NO BIKE RIDE !!!!

Friday, Nov. 23-- No bike ride: Thanksgiving break

Friday, Nov. 30-- No bike ride (last Friday of the month)

Saturday, Dec. 1-- Festival of Lights PARADE at 5:30 pm. Meet at 4:00 pm. DRESS WARMLY--this is always a *very* cold (but fun!) event for the kids. Snow pants and long underwear are strongly recommended for this ride! Bikes must be decorated with lights. Battery operated Christmas lights can be purchased at Target or Walgreens for about $7 a strand. I have a limited number of “loaners” available. After the parade, we will be going to the Library for the Christmas party, which is free. You may pick up your child there, or they can ride home with the group at the end of the party. This is always a special event, and the kids comment that it is one of the highlights of the year. This is the last scheduled ride until March.

Contact information: Jane Healy at 708-308-8662 (cell) or repto@aol.com

***All bikes must have a white front light: This is the law in IL!***

Dress for the weather: rain gear, gloves, hats, warm coats, snow pants

  Posted by janeh on October 24, 2012
 
 Bike Rides
Summer Schedule 2012
  The 2012 Summer Season:

Mrs. Healy's cell phone number is 708.308.8662

June 1st: The Blue Bridge and the Cal-Sag waterway 4:30 pm - 7 pm

June 8: Major Taylor Trail and Whistler Woods Cleanup 4:30 - 8 pm

June 15: Blue Island History/Mystery Tour and splash pad fun at Kennedy Park 4:30 pm - 8 pm

June 22: Memorial Park Pool Ride! Bring your swimsuit and towel, as well as a few bucks if you want to buy snacks. Free admission to pool. *Bike ride first!* 4:30-9 pm

June 29: Last Friday--NO bike club

July 3: Special Event--Blue Island Public Library event at 2 pm. Ride and exhibit. Return around 5 pm.

July 6-No bike club: Mrs. Healy is on vacation. All are encouraged to ride over to Beverly for the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic which runs from about 5 pm onward. Check out http://www.facebook.com/BeverlyHillsCyclingClassic for more information.

July 13: Bike Club to Pullman Historical Society. *4 pm* to 9 pm.

July 20: Memorial Park Pool Ride! Bring your swimsuit and towel, as well as a few bucks if you want to buy snacks. Free admission to pool. *Bike ride first!* 4:30-9 pm

July 27: Bike ride and celebration at MetroSouth park (TGIF picnic park) to honor our own Mommy Henry's Trek riders just coming in from their epic bike ride across America! Let's cheer on the home team as Jonathon, David, Carlos and Lupe stop by to fundraise before continuing their epic ride to Virginia. 4:30-8 pm.

August 3: Bike ride to Mt. Greenwood Park with Ice Cream Treat at Shawn Michelle's after the ride. Bring $3-5 for ice cream. 4:30 - 8 pm

ALL BIKE RIDES FROM HERE ON FORWARD-- UNTIL NEXT SUMMER-- *REQUIRE* FRONT WHITE HEADLIGHTS! This is Illinois LAW.

August 10: Memorial Park Pool Ride! Bring your swimsuit and towel, as well as a few bucks if you want to buy snacks. Free admission to pool. *Bike ride first!* 4:30-9 pm

August 17: No bike club: Mrs. Healy is on vacation.

August 24: Bike ride to Hurley Park. 4:30 - 7:30 pm

August 31: no bike ride--Last Friday of the month

  Posted by janeh on October 24, 2012
 
 Bike News
Events: Annual Earth Day Clean Up--Saturday April 21
 

District 130 and the Blue Island Bike Club will be hosting an Earth Day Clean-Up and Garlic Mustard Pull on Saturday, April 21.

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