Come one, come all! We are looking for Lights, Helmets and Safety Vests! Well, and your kid, too...
The kids' Friday Night Bike Crew has grown and grown this year. We are now routinely getting 20 people on our weekly rides and have over 35 people who've participated in the past four months. WOW! This is a great thing. Our kids are getting exercise, learning how to get around by their own power, learning how to navigate, investigating new neighborhoods and environments, getting back to nature, and are having a lot of fun while doing it.
This is great stuff. But we have a problem....
Most our riders come from low income families. It's hard to find enough helmets, let alone safety vests. Additionally, while a flashlight/rubberband combo is better than nothing, it would be great to get some "real" bike lights for our late season rides. This is especially important as we move into fall.
If you have old helmets, safety vests, or bike lights that you no longer use, or if you would like to donate new equipment for the cause, the BIBC would be HUGELY grateful. Contact Jane Healy (at repto at aol dot com) or 708-388-8662 for more information.
Remember: any child from age 5-16 is welcome to join us. Children under the age of 8 must have a parent to accompany them. Meet at the garage of 12056 Maple Avenue at 4 pm. We pump tires, check chains and brakes, review safety skills (signaling, "car back", rules, etc), then head out at 4:30 pm, generally returning around 7:30 pm. Most rides are about 5 miles long, but occasionally we do longer routes, sometimes up to 12 miles. All rides include a fun activity like stopping at a park, hiking Stony Creek, doing an architecture tour, or the like. Thanks to a partnership with the Park District, several summer rides end at the Memorial Park Pool for FREE swimming!
•Clean-Up in Whistler Woods Forest Preserve for National Public Lands Day, then ride along the Major Taylor Trail. Sept. 26, 9am to 1 pm.
•Field trip to the Chicago Lakefront Trail and Navy Pier (TBD--mid Oct)
•Field trip to the Old Plank Road, the wetland, and Ice Cream in Frankfort (TBD--early Nov)
•The Festival of Lights parade (Dec. 5). Meet at Walnut and Greenwood at 4 pm. DRESS APPROPRIATELY! Snow pants are a good thing!