Parks (and trails!) Occupy the Capitol
We’re joining Illinois’ dynamic park districts tomorrow in the rotunda of the state capitol building in Springfield for Parks Day. Illinois park districts are powerful constituents for lawmakers. As bike enthusiasts, runners, equestrians, hunters, snowmobile and off-road vehicle fans have watched their funded grant programs be swept by governors and raided by the IDNR, park districts...
Join us on Bike & Dine, Lockport!
Biking. Eating. A national heritage trail. Historic limestone buildings. The AAA 4 diamond rated Tallgrass Restaurant. Trails help us live life to its fullest, and in Lockport on June 2, oh, we shall live fully. More info here (and share this link!): http://trailsforillinois.tumblr.com/bikeanddine
It's Stand Up for Trails Day!
We read The Atlantic’s report on an Australian study of sitting this morning, and it brought us to our feet. We’re declaring today to be Stand Up for Trails Day! Here’s how you can participate: 1. Share this tumblr post! 2. Go to our Facebook page and share the link to The Atlantic with your friends. Let them know it’s Stand Up for Trails Day! 3. Check out the hard...
Moving the Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail’s video to Vimeo (it just looks better) lured us into watching it again. It’s wonderful. It’s a moving statement about what’s at stake for every Illinois community lacking a trail network connection. Enjoy!
You live too far away from trails →
The link above’s a nice summary on NPR of Tom Vanderbilt’s series on walking—the absence of it, actually—in America on Slate last week. Vanderbilt says and we know that the places you want and need to get to, if they’re too far away, you won’t get to very often. Trail user studies show that trails draw most of their users from less than 10 minutes away, by foot, bike or...
For all the extreme situations and environments these hardened riders pedal through, the trailer for Reveal the Path captures the elemental appeal that our best trails have—that we might see something not only different, but differently. Like goats in trees, right around 1:10. (Thanks to supporter Tom Armstrong for sharing!)
April/May Trail News is out—Read the latest issue →
Trails funding game could go extra innings, GITy Up!’s got get-up-&-go, PLUS…we’re making trails count! Read the latest Trail News here!
danbognich asked: Hello Steve, my family and I are considering whether to sign up for the 25 mi/day or 7 mi/day ride. I'm worried about second day fatigue and was wondering if it would be possible to do the 25 mile ride on day 1 and the 7 mile ride on day 2 if my kids are too wiped out. Thanks, Dan.
Remember when Illinois #1 cyclist...was the... →
Governor Jim Edgar established the Illinois Bike Path program while he was Secretary of State in 1989. The program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, set aside a couple bucks from the motor vehicle title fee for multi-use trail development, paying up to 50% of construction costs for towns and park districts. Up until 2008, the program provided $3 million a year toward...