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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licened Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

On May 15, I joined about 500 other cyclists to ride the Climate Cycle route along the Lake Shore bike path. That day Climate Cycle riders shared the path with Autism Speaks walkers who were raising money for autism.

To date, 536 Climate Cyclists have raised $108,000 and counting for this year’s Solar Schools Ride. This represents a 53% increase in ridership and a 61% increase in fundraising over last year! Over 85 riders rode 62-miles all the way from the Indiana Dunes, including six students from Curie and Lincoln Park High School! A special thanks to our 300+ volunteers who contributed their time and talent to making the event a success.

Working Well Massage raised $700 towards Climate Cycle’s Solar Panels for Schools. Thanks so much to all our friends and clients that donated to this event. Photos of the big day follow below.

Kids lining up before the ride

It was really touching and fun to have all the student cheering sections set up along the ride! They slapped our hands as we road by and shouted encouraging cheers!

Student fueled cheering section along the route

I road the ten-mile course and along the way I was treated to a imprompto comedy routine by two fellow bike riders.

 

At the halfway point I stopped and chatted with Ethan Austin (in light blue) a volunteer for Climate Cycle and his trusty sidekick about the ride

In the end, it’s all about the kids!

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Bicycle Bike Rack
Image by VeloBusDriver via Flickr

By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapists, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

While taking part in the Climate Cycle Ride on  May 15, I was fortunate to stop by one of the booths and speak to a representative of thechainlink, a Chicago bicycling Online Community. According to the organization’s website” the chainlink is a one-stop resource for Chicago cyclists to find rides and routes, share information and connect with other cyclists.”

The site lists upcoming rides and events and provides forums for discussion. The forums have great info like what to do if your bike is stolen, info about helmets, front rack recommendations, info about police officers giving bicycle riders tickets for not obeying traffic rules and so on. I really enjoyed  reading some of the posts and comments from area bikers. Overall, it seems like a very useful site if you bike int he city or surrounding area.

Leah, the founder, explains why she set up this site:

the chainlink is a place for Chicago bikers of all types to connect, find rides and routes, and share information. the chainlink was created because even though Chicago is a big biking city, it’s a fragmented community, and there was no one resource that served the needs of bikers. My hope is that this site will allow bikers in Chicago and surrounding areas to connect with each other, explore the area through interesting rides and routes, find the resources they need, and most of all, bring a sense of community to Chicago biking. So join a ride, start a conversation on the forum or find a riding buddy – everything you do here will strengthen Chicago’s biking community.

the chainlink is very much a work in progress and I absolutely welcome your feedback. Please feel free to drop me a note with any comments and suggestions – you’ll be helping the chainlink grow and better serve the community.

Thanks for being a part of biking in Chicago!

Leah
creator, the chainlink

P.S. What are you waiting for?
– Looking to do a distance ride this season? Click here to find a long ride in the Rides & Events section.
– Have a question, piece of news, or just looking to sell something? Post it in the Forum here.
– Know someone who might like this site? Invite them to the chainlink by clicking here.

Comment Sample

Here is an example of an interesting comment line. A poster was angry because a cop gave him a ticket for riding his bike through a red light.  Other posters chimed in and gave his advice when he wondered if he should fight the ticket:
“Good luck – you ran a red light. We expect cars to stop for them so they don’t kill us. If you want to be treated like you are traffic, act like you are traffic.”

“You entered the intersection on a red and that is illegal; if you saw a car do it would you want a cop to issue them a ticket?

This is a great example of why there needs to be bike specific laws.

It is also a great example of the fact that if you want to share the road and have laws enforced for cars you need to be prepared to have laws enforced for bicycles.”

Check out the site here!

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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Tomorrow morning I will be joining many health and climate conscious people will be riding out from the Chicago Yacht Club/DuSable Harbor area to raise money for Solar Panels for Chicago area schools.  The ride combines many of my passions: bicycle riding and fitness, love of the outdoors (I hope the weather is nice!) and giving to a good cause that benefits children AND the environment. I will be riding the 10 mile ride as I just finished Final Exams from a very difficult school term and I don’t want to push myself too hard. (I have to be a good role model, exercising but knowing my limitations and not overdoing it! That’s also why I haven’t posted much lately–Final exams.)

My first post about the ride is here.

The Working Well Massage Team has only raised $350 so far and we need to raise at least $500!  Donations are accepted until mid July but don’t let that stop you from donating today by simply clicking this link and going to our secure donation page. Its’ easy–You can use your credit card!

If you don’t want to donate but may consider riding yourself, you can still register to ride the day of the event, tomorrow, May 15. Details here.

Want to Help Out But Not Ride? Sponsor Me!

Sponsor me for the Climate Cycle Ride on May 15th! OR, register for the ride yourself and join me in fitness, fun and raising money for a good cause!

Climate Cycle web page is here.

Registration and start location for the 4, 10 and 20 mile routes

WHERE: DuSable Harbor – Randolph and Lake Shore Drive

The site is only a few minutes walk or bike from the Metra Millennium Station, several bus routes and the following CTA stations:

Red Line – State/Lake
Blue Line – Washington
All Other Lines – Wabash/Randolph

If you are renting a bike from Bobby’s Bike Hikes, the event grounds are easily accessible via the Lakefront Trail.

WHEN: Saturday, May 15th

Ride registration begins at 9:30 am.

The ride starts at 10:30 am DuSable Harbor.

The post ride celebration is from 10:30 am – 2 pm at DuSable Harbor.

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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

I first wrote about Climate Cycle’s upcoming Solar Ride for Schools here. I asked others to participate and now it’s time to walk my own talk. I am riding myself in the 10 miles course and I am looking for sponsors! By sponsoring me you are donating to Climate Cycle and your $5, $10, $20 or more donation will go to help provide solar panels for Chicago area schools. Climate Cycle also uses your donations to help raise awareness about environmental sustainability. I am happy to be able to participate and ride my bike along Lake Michigan with many other Climate Cycle Riders. It’s fitness with good purpose!

What is the Solar Schools Ride?

Climate Cycle’s May 15th, 2010 Solar Schools Ride is a family and fan friendly fundraiser in which riders garner pledges in advance of the ride. Proceeds go to install solar energy systems in local public schools.

Cyclists select from a 4, 10, 20 or 62-mile course along picturesque Lake Michigan. All starting and end points are in downtown Chicago, with the exception of the 62-mile “metric century” course, which begins at the Indiana Dunes and ends in downtown Chicago.

A post ride celebration follows the ride. This festive event includes music, free lunches for all riders, sustainability showcases, goody bags, a raffle and kid friendly activities.

Want to Help Out But Not Ride? Sponsor Me!

Sponsor me for the Climate Cycle Ride on May 15th! OR, register for the ride yourself and join me in fitness, fun and raising money for a good cause!

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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Get fit and help support a good cause! Spring is coming to Chicago and with it are a host of events that allow Chicagoans to run, walk, bike and swim to raise money for good causes. A dear friend of mine, Joey Feinstein, went from massage therapist to Presidio business school graduate where he obtained an MBA in Sustainabel Resources. Joey started an innovative charity bicycle ride after he graduated, called Climate Cycle. Last year Working Well Massage therapists braved a chilly muddy day to give massages to Climate Cycle riders. It was a lot of fun, we made many cyclists happy and we got to hear great music and sample food from local merchants. I am so impressed by all Joey and his team at Climate Cycle have accomplished in just a few short years. This May, I plan on riding in the event myself!

What is Climate Cycle?

Climate Cycle is a non-profit organization that empowers youth to become leaders of the clean energy movement by installing solar energy systems and funding sustainability education in local Chicago area public schools. This is made possible by alliances between students, community organizations and concerned citizens to usher in the new green economy.

Climate Cycle creates local solutions to global pollution. At the inaugural bike-a-thon in May 2009, 350 participants raised $67,000 to install solar energy on four schools. Because more money is spent on utilities than textbooks and computers combined, the time to retool our schools is now.

When’s the Ride?

Climate Cycle’s May 15th, 2010 Solar Schools Ride is a family and fan friendly fundraiser in which riders garner pledges in advance of the ride. Proceeds go to install solar energy systems in local public schools. To register click here.

Where’s the Ride?

Cyclists select from a 4, 10, 20 or 62-mile course along picturesque Lake Michigan. All starting and end points are in downtown Chicago, with the exception of the 62-mile “metric century” course, which begins at the Indiana Dunes and ends in downtown Chicago.

A post ride celebration follows the ride. This festive event includes music, free lunches for all riders, sustainability showcases, goody bags, a raffle and kid friendly activities.

Information for the 4, 10, 20 mile routes

Start Point: DuSable Harbor – Lakeshore and Madison, in the north end of Grant park

Ride registration starts at 9:00 a.m. Solar Schools festival is 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in DuSable Harbor. Registration fee is $25. The Fund raising Minimum for the 4, 10, 20 Mile Routes is
$200 for adults. Fund raising minimum for college students is $75. Fund raising minimum for ages 12-18 years is $60. Children younger than 12 and “virtual fundraisers” have no registration fee or minimum fund raising requirements.

To register click here.

Note: Fund raising is made super easy. Climate Cycle is using a service called First Giving to handle registration and fund raising. Gone are the days you have to walk around the office with a clipboard soliciting pledges for your fund raising efforts. now all you have to do is give friends and family your link to the Climate Cycle page on First Giving and they can donate online!

Information for the 62 mile route
Starting Point is Indiana Dunes State Park. Ride registration starts at 6:00 a.m. Ride starts at 7:00 a.m. at the Indiana Dunes State Park and finishes at DuSable Harbor.

Registration fee is $25. Fund raising minimum is $500 for the 62 mile ride. Fund raising minimum for college students for the 62 mile ride is$75. Fund raising minimum for ages 12-18 years for the 62 mile ride is $60. Children younger than 12 and “virtual fundraisers” have no registration fee or minimum fund raising requirements.

To register click here.

What Support is Offered for Riders?

The Ride is fully supported. Climate Cycle will provide sag vehicles, several rest stops along the way with food, water, and restrooms, and ride marshals for light bike maintenance support. Climate Cycle is currently reviewing options to transport riders and bikes to the Dunes, but as of now all riders are expected to transport themselves.

To register now and get more ride information, click here.

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