The 10th annual Sangamon County Curb Your Car event is scheduled for May 14 – 20, 2017! Commuters are encouraged to team up with their co-workers to bike, walk, run, or take the bus to work. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams, prize drawings will be held, and the ever-popular Curb Your Car Passport is back again this year!!
Start your workday off right! - The commute time is a great opportunity to get exercise, save some money, engage in your community, and reduce negative impacts on the environment. New to active commuting? See below under Resources for helpful information to get you started.
For more information on Curb Your Car or to post pictures and comment on your commute, visit our Facebook page and show us how you commute.
Registered Curb Your Car Week participants who complete the Adult Bike Safety Quiz (Bronze level or higher) at www.bikesafetyquiz.com and email proof of quiz completion to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 20, 2017 could win a $25 bike shop gift certificate from Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission.
****Any place of employment in Sangamon County is eligible to participate.****
Register Your Team
Log Your Commute (Starting May 14)
2017 Curb Your Car Commute Challenge Guidelines: The rules for participating.
2017 Curb Your Car Commute Challenge Incentives: All prizes and supporting activities.
2017 Curb Your Car Commute Challenge Passport: Download your passport, visit sponsor destinations, win food from Cafe Moxo. Page orientation must be set as Landscape to print and select Print On Both Sides. Passports also available at sponsor destinations.
2017 Curb Your Car Poster: Thanks to HSHS St. John's Hospital for printing the Curb Your Car Poster
Team Leader Toolkit: A few items to help team leaders recruit new members.
Team prizes: Traveling Trophy (sponsored by the Springfield Road Runners Club) and Maldaner's Restaurant Gift Certificate, will be awarded in three categories: (minimum of five participants required to be eligible for a team prize)
- Businesses with 5-49 employees
- Businesses with 50-299 employees
- Businesses with 300 or more employees
Team Leader prize drawing: a $20 Grab-a-Java gift certificate (team must have at least 5 participants to be eligible)
Individuals reporting their participation will be entered in a drawing for prizes from Curb Your Car Sponsors:
- Ace Bike Shop: free bicycle tune-up
- Bicycle Doctor: free bicycle tune-up
- BikeTek: free bicycle tune-up
- Food Fantasies: food basket
- Grab-a-Java: $25 gift certificate
- R&M Cyclery: free bicycle tune-up
- Springfield Bicycle Club: free entry to the Capital City Century Ride; Farmers' Market Tokens
- Springfield Mass Transit District: SMTD Combo Packs
- Springfield Road Runners Club: Entry to the Parade Run and Abe's Amble
- Springfield YMCA: 3 Month Membership for New Member
- Wheel Fast Bicycle Co.: free bicycle tune-up
Prize drawing for people liking the Curb Your Car Facebook page: SMTD Bus Pass
Passport Prizes: from Cafe Moxo: 1-6 destinations = free cookie, 7-10 destinations = free 1/2 sandwich bagged lunch
Prize drawing for Curb Your Car participants who complete the Adult Bike Safety Quiz (Bronze level or higher) at www.bikesafetyquiz.com and email proof of quiz completion to email@example.com before May 21, 2016: Two $25 gift certificates from Springfield Bicycle Club.
Especially for Bikers:
Plan Your Route
Planning your route is one of the most important elements in finding an enjoyable ride to work. Consider routes that are a little more circuitous—you won’t regret the extra time you spend when your ride is more enjoyable for being less heavily trafficked.
Online Bicycle Maps
The Planning Commission has put bike trails and routes online in Google Maps. These routes should be considered as preliminary and advisory—in fact, we need your help: if you use the routes below, please take a look at what we have and notify us of any errors.
View Sangamon County Bike Trails, Paths, and Lanes in a larger map
Know the law
Bicycles obey traffic laws similar to those for cars—bike laws are even in the vehicular code. Understanding the law is good for cyclists for the same reason it is good for cars: predictability creates safety. The League of Illinois Bicyclists has put together a handy notecard-sized review of bicycle laws in Illinois—download it, print it out, and keep it handy.
Check out these resources from the League of American Bicyclists that will help you to enjoy a safe commute. Resources on how to ride better include: Rules of the Road, Commuter Tips, Bicycle Maintenance and more.
Protect Your Bike
It's sad but true: no matter how good your lock is, there is always a chance of theft. Registering your bike with the City of Springfield can help you recover your bike if it is ever stolen.
2016 Curb Your Car Team Winners:
- Businesses with 5-49 employees - Memorial Health System SportsCare
- Businesses with 50-299 employees - City of Springfield Department of Public Works
- Businesses with 300 or more employees - Illinois Department of Revenue
The complete list of winners can be found here.