The bike advocacy group Bike BloNo hosted a social ride in Uptown Normal on Thursday evening, June 28th, that drew approximately 50 bicyclists. The goals of the ride were to raise awareness among motorists that bicycles use the roads at all times of day and among cyclists regarding bike safety.
The event began at 8:30pm with the group gathering at The Circle in Uptown Normal. Before taking off on the ride, a policeman from the Town of Normal discussed bike safety and traffic regulations related to biking at night. The policeman emphasized that being able to be seen at night by using a front and back light on the bike is of prime importance for cyclists’ safety. At 8:45pm the cyclists left the traffic circle and proceeded to ride together two abreast on a two-mile route around Uptown Normal.
The organizers announced that Bike BloNo will have its first planning meeting on Thursday, July 12th, at 7:00pm at the Normal Fire Department (1300 E. College Ave., Normal, IL, 61761). On the agenda will be advocating improvements to bike infrastructure locally in both Bloomington and Normal (e.g., bike lanes, bike racks) and discussing the possible formation of a bike co-op. The meeting is free and open to the public.