The Evanston Bicycle Club grants program has awarded funds raised at the North Shore Century to bike-related projects and activities at local non-profit organizations for several years. Some bicycle organizations, like the League of American Bicyclists, Bike Illinois, and Active Transportation Alliance have received a donation for several years and others such as Evanston Streets Alive, Blackstone Bicycle Works, and Recyclery Collective have applied for and received grants for several years.
We just got back from a week in Beijing, China and, full disclosure, even though I am writing about biking there, I did not actually ride a bike. More about that later.
In the 1970’s China was known as the Kingdom of the Bicycle and the Flying Pigeon brand bicycle was the most popular product in China. Bike lanes in Beijing were 3 car lanes wide and there were reported to be 72 bikes for every 100 people.