Regional planning predicts trends in transportation and housing.
Attendees at the May 15, 2018 Evanston Bicycle Club membership meeting had an opportunity to express their opinions about mega trends such as transportation in the Chicago area using electronic polling. Jane Grover, Outreach Principal at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) brought a voting system with individual clickers to collect opinions and share results gathered from other communities.
At the March 21 Evanston Bicycle Club meeting we were inspired by the story of Patricia Brumment who rode across the country three times. Patty signed up for her first cross country ride in December of 2013 after she retired from teaching in schools in Wilmette and in fulfillment of a long time dream and promise to her father she made before he died of cancer in 2010.
According to Chris McAuliffe, at the turn of the century Chicago was to the bicycle industry what Detroit was to the automobile industry.
Chris is the author of the book Cycling in Chicago and he shared highlights the city’s cycling heritage at the April 17 meeting of the Evanston Bike Club.
Chris is a long time Chicago resident, cyclist enthusiastic, and first time author who pitched a book about cycling history to a publisher and received a contract 10 days later. He did the research for the book at libraries and by examining the archives of local families with ties to Chicago cycling history.
There is a program that assists those recovering from substance abuse that incorporate bicycling. As a bike club we know what fun it is to ride a bicycle, and now there is a program that uses the power of bicycling to assist those recovering from substance use disorders (SUD). At the February Evanston Bike Club (EBC) meeting we learned about Pedal4Life, an organization that uses bicycles as a component of the recovery process with great success.
There are options for getting your bike in top shape and they begin in the off season. Some people think the 2018 bike season is on hold until Spring, but it actually starts now, according to a panel of speakers at the January 16, 2018 Evanston Bike Club monthly meeting. If you need a new bike, part, or accessory good deals are available this time of year. An indoor trainer is good way to prepare for riding outdoors. This is also the ideal time to get your bike in prime mechanical shape. The panel addressed common bike maintenance models—do it yourself, engage a professional in a traditional bike shop or the mobile bike repair option.
The Katy Trail is a popular destination for cyclists to explore small towns and the great outdoors. At the November, 2017 Evanston Bicycle Club monthly meeting guest speaker Shari Rosenbaum shared experiences bicycling on the Katy Trail. The Katy Trail is 239.6 miles long, 10 foot wide, crushed stone and gravel and is maintained by Missouri Department of Natural Resources. It is the former corridor of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (abbreviated MKT, K-T, eventually Katy). It runs from Clinton, MO to Machens, MO.
It takes someone who has ridden the Tour de France to really know it. While looking for podcasts to fill downtime during a biking trip to France this summer I found “Stages" podcast with Lance Armstrong. I ended up listening to the daily recap of the Tour de France from Lance and his sidekick JB Hager, a morning disc jockey in Austin, TX and occasional guest George Hincapie. Lance explained in the first episode that they converted an old air stream trailer to a studio and obtained a few sponsors to offset costs. The name of the podcast represents the stages of the Tour, and our lives.
A self supported bike tour of Mississippi in May, 2017 provided an opportunity to explore civil war history at one's own schedule.
“Why Mississippi?” Dan Engle, speaker at the October 17, 2017 monthly Evanston Bicycle Club meeting said that is the question he hears most when people find out about his bicycle trip. In May, 2017 Dan bicycled 550 miles from Jackson to Memphis, Tennessee and he did it solo. He took a train from Evanston to Jackson with his Trek 520 touring bike outfitted to carry 50 pounds of gear.