Celebrate Earth Day 2015 Wednesday April 22nd by taking a bike ride. Ride the State Street Bike Route or mountain bike along the Town Brook, maps will be available at The Soap Co. Coffee House on the northeast side of square in Jacksonville. Or meet there at 5:30 pm to join the Morgan Cyclists in a longer ride. (Link to The Soap Co. on Facebook.) Say you’re coming via Facebook event.

Morgan Cyclists will have a short ride of about 11 miles (it’s there-and-back, so you can turn around short of the destination if you’re not up to that distance yet) and a longer ride of about 18.5 miles. Thanks to Darren Iozia for mapping out the rides.

Nicole will have Soap Co. open, with specials for those arriving by bicycle. If your bike is under the weather, walk or run downtown instead (then head to Village Cyclery to get fixed up for the next weekly ride).

Parking is limited on the square — so consider keeping your car in the lot north of Hamilton’s, or even better yet ride to the start.

State Street was built for streetcars, is relatively low traffic, passes many of the historical sites in town as well as parks and attractions. Take a ride of whatever length, and join in the festivities.

The city already owns land along the Town Brook from MacMurray College to Illinois College/Turner Junior High School. Get your fat tires on the grass and ride the length of the creek, see some sights, and get some exercise.

Also, mark your calendars for Bike to School Day Wednesday May 6th.

Who are the Morgan Cyclists? There’s about 50 members, all different levels of bicycling, who want to have a relaxed atmosphere for a ride. Set your own pace, pick your own pack — just get out and have funs. Rides every Wednesday.

 

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