Steve … Your presentation in Batavia a few days ago was fantastic. There are so many opportunities to build and link trail systems in Illinois … and to take advantage of that network to generate economic development and tourism dollars. Hope you’ll be available to reprise your talk in June at a bike summit our Elgin BPAC hopes to host. Maybe bring your guitar in case the audio/visual takes some time to sync. Keep up the good work! TAtheBA
Thanks, Steve, for a wonderful presentation that got a lot of us in Downers Grove excited about the work you’re doing with Trails for Illinois. I, for one, made my home my trailhead and rode my bike to work today! Thanks for the motivation and great information with some fun mixed in!
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
The fittest couple at the Capitol: US Congressman Dan Lipinski and Judy Lipinski. The Congressman ran a 20:29 5K at Mike’s Hike in Homer Glen, while wife Judy took 3rd place in Over 19 - Women with 22:28.
I (Steve) had planned to run, but tweaked an achilles tendon pushing too hard on a Wednesday run (I’m a beginning barefoot runner, and still acclimating to nature’s demands). I’m glad I had the excuse: the (shod) Lipinski’s would have smoked me.
After cooling down, the Congressman asked if I had seen the new shoulder on Lemont Road in Lemont, north of Lemont Road bridge (an important—and intimidating—connector between the Centennial Trail, Waterfall Glen Trail and downtown Lemont) since our ride together in October. At that time, former Olympic cyclist John Vandevelde was with us, and John and I got to show the Congressman first hand how a paved shoulder from the bridge’s barrier-separated sidewalk to Bluff Road would help cyclists feel safer making the connections.
So Congressman Lipinski made a call to IDOT. The shoulder opened last Tuesday, less than a month after we showed the Congressman the issue. Congressman Lipinski is a trails champion as well as an enthusiast! Go on and thank him!
Mike’s Hike 5k was a Homer Glen Foundation fundraiser to 1) honor the sacrifice of PFC Michael Olivieri, who lost his life in Iraq June 6, 2011; 2) cut the ribbon on the newest completed section of the Homer Glen community trail, a segment north of 139th St. and Bell Rd; and 3) raise funds that the Foundation plans to use for donating benches and other amenities to the trail. Trails for Illinois will work with the Foundation to get the village’s trail system connected, and to get more residents out using them.
It was a great morning for honoring our veterans and for Illinois trails!
This should wet your whistle for the Tour de Donut this Saturday in Staunton, Ill. “It’s disgusting. It’s disgustingly beautiful.”