“Given lemons, make lemonade” is the outdated saying. Some bikers have gone manner past lemonade by displaying pandemic shutdown creativity in Schaumburg, Palatine and Wheaton.
For 20-plus years, the village of Schaumburg and its park district celebrated Could as Nationwide Bike Month with the “Fahrrad Tour von Schaumburg” — German for bike tour — together with a picnic and different occasions.
“Uncover Schaumburg By Bike Picture Problem” runs till Sept. 30.
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This 12 months the pandemic intervened. So the village claimed September as its bike month with its “Discover Schaumburg by Bike Photo Challenge,” showcasing its 90-plus miles of motorbike paths plus eating places, parks and different websites.
Open to everybody, the problem is to snap as many bike-themed photographs of oneself at numerous Schaumburg places reached by driving. The winner for every class mixed — eating places, parks and favourite locations — is the one who visually paperwork probably the most visits. The village, park district and Meet Chicago Northwest (Higher Woodfield Conference and Guests Bureau, Inc.), will present prizes.
“The true prize is bettering one’s well being by bicycling, getting out and having fun with summer time and early autumn climate,” stated Richard Bascomb, Schaumburg Transportation supervisor. “Discover eating places representing over 20 nations on six continents, plus regional American fare, and uncover the entire hidden gems and delightful sights of this neighborhood.”
Schaumburg’s second annual Enterprise Bike Basic shares September with the picture problem. Cyclists from Schaumburg companies kind groups of 4 to compete for many miles biked — stationary bikes included. The highest staff earns bragging rights and takes possession of the touring trophy from the Zurich Basic Biking staff, which bested 30 others in 2019.
‘Go by Bike’ Bingo in Palatine:
Bike Palatine Membership launches its “Go By Bike” Bingo program with $10 credit at three native bike outlets.
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With its rides and occasions canceled, the Bike Palatine Membership launched its “Go by Bike” Bingo program in August. Any rider who completes a easy bingo can redeem the cardboard for $10 off a purchase order at three native bike outlets: Crank Revolution Bike Store, Mikes Bike Store and SamCycle Electrical Bikes. The membership will reimburse the outlets after this system ends Oct. 20.
Membership secretary and former Elmhurst Bike Membership member Sue Montgomery is spearheading this system. Impressed by Trek Bikes’ “#GoByBike” program, Sue designed the membership’s colourful bingo card. As in Schaumburg, riders are inspired to publish photographs on the membership’s Fb web page.
“‘Go By Bike Bingo’ helps us to encourage native bike driving, boosts our native bike shops, and rewards of us for visiting our membership’s web site. Readers can print their very own card right now at www.bikepalatine.com,” Montgomery stated.
One may learn the 40-plus biking blogs posted on the web site geared particularly to newer bike riders.
‘Alphabet Rides’ in Wheaton:
People like Carrie Provost have channeled their biking creativity, too. A retired music instructor and director of the Youth Symphony of DuPage Live performance Orchestra, Provost printed a Google search of Wheaton streets in alphabetical order, decided to journey each.
“Frankly, I did not know what I used to be getting myself into,” Provost admitted. “I began on April 5 in 39-degree climate. I wore a balaclava, winter gloves and a winter coat.”
Why do that?
“Again in March, I used to be beginning to go a bit stir loopy, being a social, energetic individual. I figured this is able to be a great way to maintain energetic,” she stated.
And energetic she has been, logging 1,000-plus miles and reaching 339 of 579 streets.
“I am guessing there’s one other 500 to 800 miles left. I made one rule: Do them precisely in alphabetical order,” Provost stated.
So even when she passes Pine Avenue headed to Maple, she would not rely Pine.
A typical “alphabet journey” for Provost is about 21 miles, hitting six or seven streets. She rides to the goal, snaps a avenue signal picture and posts it on social media. Fellow Wheaton Bicycle Advisory Commissioners have additionally joined her on these outings.
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