2017 RIDE & EVENT NEWS


FREE CASUAL RIDES 

TUESDAYS from Birchwood &

THURSDAYS from Mikes Bike Shop

WILL BEGIN IN THE SPRING


TRAIL WATCH VOLUNTEER TRAINING

On Wednesday, May 11 from 7-8:30 pm, at Harper College, Avante - Room Z119. This Trail Watch Volunteer Training session is geared for anyone wanting to make a difference in our forest preserves and parks. "If you see something, say something." to keep all safe by calling Forest Preserve Police at 708-771-1001. Meet other horseback riders, hikers, bike riders and dog walkers. Train to become a Trail Watch Volunteer by signing up at www.fpdcc.com/TW Must be 18 and pass a background check to become the eyes and ears of our trails aiding Forest Preserve Police and the community.


LONGEST DAY RIDE

Summer's Longest Friday was celebrated by riding in this event that began and ended at Mikes Bike Shop; 155 N. NW Hwy. Palatine, IL on Friday, June 17. Departing slightly after 7 p.m., the ride highlighted a 13 mile loop through Deer Grove. Join us next year by contacting Wayne Mikes at 847-358-0948.



BIKE PAL SAFETY RODEO

Thanks to all that joined us on Saturday, June 18 at 9:00 AM for a bicycle safety skills clinic for children, ages 4-10. The FREE t-shirt was a hit! With the help of the Palatine Bike Police and many volunteers, kids learned different skills traveling thru many obstacle courses. Fun while learning life-long safety skills out and about on a bike. Participants registered their bikes with the Village of Palatine for FREE. The event concludeed with a family bike ride! View photo albums on our Facebook page or click here.



BIKE SCAVENGER HUNT

The Bike Scavenger Hunt was a big success this year departing from Midtown Athletic Club. Teams  solved clues and rode to many destinations in Palatine on Saturday, June 11 at 9 AM. Members used Smartphones for Internet searches, and to call in for life-line support. Winners of the Most Artistic, Most Comical, Most Adventurous, etc. took home great prizes too. View the entire photo album on our Facebook page!


View the 2015 SLIDE SHOW (44.10 MB


DIRT N' DURTY RIDE

Kicked off the season with the Dirt N' Durty Ride from Durty Nellie's Pub to Deer Grove Forest Preserve and back on Saturday, May 14 at 9:30 AM! Thanks to Durty Nellie's for once again offering a $5 off per adult lunch coupon for the day of the ride. This year, our durtiest/muddiest rider took home a CycleFest waterbottle. Event t-shirts were also a big hit and will be available for purchase at Mikes Bike Shop in Palatine. Facebook Photo Album



BIKE-TO-SCHOOL

1081 students, teachers and even a Principal joined in this year's Walk/Ride to School event. A total of 11 District 15 schools participated on May 4 & May 11 (depending on school and Chicago weather!). Free decals and lots of fun for all. Thanks to everyone that got their helmets on and rode or walked to school for fun and exercise!


CYCLING ACROSS AMERICA

The Bike Palatine Club held it's first FREE event of 2016 and it brought out more than 50 attendees on  Tuesday, 3/29 at the Palatine Public Library. Thanks to seasonded cross-country cyclist Pat Brummet for sharing her experience with us.  Read more...


TRAFFIC SKILLS CLASSES

Congrats to the Class of 2016! Ever more safe cyclists knowing the rules of the road when on a bike. Thanks to everyone that attended this adult skills class and for becoming qualified! Class will be offered again in 2018. Our Ride Leaders are all past graduates. Read more... 



November 2015


Kids in India benefit from bike safety training, thanks to one of our Members, Patrick Smith.


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CLUB MEETINGS

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Palatine Park District, Community Center Room 1G, lower level-west end, February 16, 2017. Volunteers are needed and your input is welcome. Help us continue our work to offer Club events and rides for 2017. Write info@bikepalatine.com for more information.


QUENTIN ROAD ADVOCACY

A second Public Meeting was held for QUENTIN ROAD rebuild on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15th, 4-7 PM at the HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS, located at 1550 E. Dundee Road in Palatine.

 

VIEW ALTERNATIVE PROPOSALS AND CCDOTH MEETING INFO

 

BIKE PALATINE CLUB SUPPORTS A 4/5 LANE ROAD

WITH TURN LANES AT RESIDENTIAL STREETS AND CAMP REINBERG ALONG WITH  BIKE/PEDESTRIAN ACCOMODATIONS

 

TO RECAP: As of December 9, 2015, the Quentin Road project was back under review by Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (CCDOTH.) The project includes a new 4-lane bridge and 2-lanes in each direction with turn lanes at Camp Reinberg and residential streets. Plans for an underpass and overpass are being considered or an at-grade crossing for cyclists/walkers between Deer Grove East and West.

 

CCDOTH has reviewed previous meeting comments and with the Complete Streets policy for this project has taken into consideration expanding plans for a multi-purpose sidewalk/sidepath, working with the Village of Deer Park-NO MATTER WHICH OPTION CCDOTH CHOOSES! Please submit your feedback by December 2, 2016 to be included in this comment period. View the invitation and meeting exhibits at CCDOTH's new website, for a summary of comments received at the December 9, 2015 and November 15, 2016 public meetings.


https://www.cookcountyil.gov/service/transportation-projects


FAMILY FIELD DAYS

Thanks to all that stopped by our station at this year's Jaycees Family Field Days event where lots of fun activities were planned for tips on staying fit economically! Held on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM at Falcon Park Recreation Center and Field at 2195 North Hicks Road in Palatine. FREE for all!

 

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FULL MOON RIDE

The Full Moon Ride ~ One of our last rides of the year departed on Friday, September 16 from Palatine Hills Golf Course at 6:30 PM. Early registration began at 5:30 pm with bike checks and instructions at 6:00 pm. Everyone got a chance to take in the autumn night air and the spectacular view of the orange full moon starting and ending at the clubhouse. President, Wayne Mikes introduced the Board and Members welcomed re-elected Club Officers for 2017. Everyone won great raffle prizes from our very generous sponsors and enjoyed appetizers and dessets. Thank you to the members, guests, volunteers and PHGC staff for making it a perfect way to cap off the riding season!

 

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OKTOBERFEST RIDE

Join us for the Oktoberfest Ride on Saturday, September 17 that endeavers on two routes from Towne Square Smith and Slade Streets in Palatine! Enjoy this FREE casual ride then lunch afterward with great food, beer, raffles at the Rotary Club of Palatine 9th Annual Oktoberfest event! Click below to view and download photos.

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CYCLEFEST

All four CycleFest Tours departed on August 27th,  despite the early morning rain, as NO LIGHTNING was been detected in the area. Palatine Park District's lightning detection system was continuosly monitored and adhered to for guidance. On time and with no rain, over 50 guests enjoyed the tours offered this year. Great raffle prizes from our Sponsors too! Congrats to all the winners!


Guests that chose not to attend CycleFest, may pick up their EVENT SHIRT at Mikes Bike Shop or join our Oktoberfest Ride where multiple family-friendly routes may be offered. Fun for the whole family! Download our CycleFest route maps and cue sheets and explore on your own too. View event photos and those shared by Mikes Bike Shop on our Facebook page!

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150th ANNIVERSARY HISTORICAL RIDE

It was a perfect day for a bike ride and to relive days gone by pedaling through Palatine's past. Three groups of 20 departed on this historical 10-mile ride started at Cutting Hall, continuing up to Deer Grove with stops at Palatine landmarks and sites. Historical photos and narration at stops provided by Palatine Bike Club guides and historian David Hammer. MAP & CUE SHEET  Facebook Photo Album

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4TH OF JULY PARADE

A picture-perfect day for Palatine's Hometown Fest 4th of July Parade! Thanks to all of the Members, family and friends that rode, entertaining thousands of spectators along the parade route! Read more hometownfest.com or palatinejaycees.org.

 

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BIKE VALET

Many took advantage of this FREE Community service provided by the Bike Palatine Club and Palatine Park District. Riding their bikes to Palatine's Hometown Fest and fireworks on Sunday, July 3 from 5:00-10:00 p.m. Bikes were secured inside the fenced in tennis courts pick-up after the fireworks. Welcome new Club Members and thank you to the volunteers that helped out!

 

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