The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission is organizing the 7th Annual Curb Your Car event from May 19th - May 24th, 2014. Registration is now open. Print out a flyer and spread the word at your office and get ready for the event by taking the League of Illinois Bicyclists' Bike Safety Quiz Challenge.
Features of the 2014 Curb Your Car Week Event:
Team Challenge - Traveling trophies and one free "Dinner for 2" at Maldaner's Restaurant will be awarded to the business with the highest percentage of employees curbing their car.
Curb Your Car Passport - Café Moxo will offer a free cookie to anyone traveling to 1-6 “passport locations” or a free ½ sandwich bagged lunch to anyone traveling to 7-9 passport locations.
Group commute at 7:30 AM on Wednesday, May 21st from Washington Park to the Old Capitol Farmers Market in Downtown Springfield led by members of the Springfield Bicycle Club and special guests.
Bike light giveaway/installation and group downtown night ride organized by The Bicycle Doctor and the Springfield Bicycle Club on Saturday, May 24th. Light giveaway/installation to begin at 8 PM, group ride to follow at 9 PM. Meet in the Capitol Complex Visitors Center parking lot at College and Edwards. First come, first served while limited supplies last. Bike must be present for installation. Night ride participants required to have a light already present or installed at the event and are encouraged to decorate their bikes.
Free rides for people with bikes using SMTD buses from May 19th – 24th.
The SATS Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan was adopted on August 9th, 2012. The vision of the Plan is to develop a network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the Springfield Metropolitan Planning
Area that is safe, connected, and efficient; that addresses the needs of people who are dependent
on and those who choose these modes of travel; that enhances the livability of our communities
by encouraging people to bike and walk; and that promotes the economic vitality of the area.
The Planning Commission has put together a Multi-Use Trail brochure which includes: a guide to trail etiquette, trail jurisdictions and a map of the multi-use trails in Sangamon County.
Commuters choosing to ride a bus to work can check out bus routes and schedules at the SMTD website. Thinking about running? Check out mapmyrun.com to check on the mileage. The website 10 Tips for Walking to Work offers advice that may be helpful for people relying on their own two feet to get to work.
The AARP has published The Getting Around Guide: An AARP Guide to Walking, Bicycling and Public Transportation. Download the guide for more information.
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 League of Illinois Bicyclists has developed a map which suggests routes for bicycle travel throughout the Springfield area. The back of the map provides resources and useful information for safer biking.
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 (DaleS@co.sangamon.il.us).
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.
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.