National Bike Month: An Outside of Ordinary Ride

As springtime weather sets in, the trees and flowers blossom, and the skies fill with the expectation of warm weather activities, one activity is synonymous with this time of year, biking. Whether you're a casual rider, bike to work daily, or use your bike as a primary mode of transportation, the clear, sunny, and warm weather of May, is perfect for getting out and enjoying all the benefits of cycling. The greater Champaign County area offers a wealth of beautiful parks, bike trails, and bike-friendly communities that welcome riders of all age, experience, and fitness levels. With the installation of bike lanes, bike safety courses and bike maintenance stations throughout town, Champaign-Urbana was named Silver and Gold Level Bike Friendly Community by The League of American Bicyclists. Whether you have an old cruiser you want to take out of storage, a one-speed you'd like to add as a part of your fitness schedule, or a road bike you'd like to use to cut down on your carbon footprint, there is no better place to celebrate Bike month, than the greater Champaign County area. 

 

Bike Sales

As you start off bike month, you can't participate without a bike. Whether you're looking to invest in the top of the line road bike, or want a durable everyday bike, there are plenty of options in the greater Champaign County area. 

Neutral Cycle:

Located on the UIUC campus, Neutral Cycle is a favorite of students and a hidden gem for those within the community. Offering new, used, and rental bikes for the semester, Neutral Cycle is sure to set you up for bike month whether you're looking to buy a quality bike, or rent one to try out for the month. 

Champaign Cycle: 

With a wide selection of bikes, from cruisers to road bikes, Champaign Cycle has a quality selection sure to appeal to all riders. Offering maintenance and self-service options, Champaign Cycle can also help you fix up that bike you may have been keeping in storage just a bit too long. 

Durst Cycle & Fitness

For those looking to drop a few pounds during Bike Month, Durst Cycle & Fitness offers up a wide selection of road bikes. With a full section of bike stands and accessories, you can make the most of your bike during May, rain or shine. 

 

Trails/Scenic Biking

The greater Champaign County area boasts a number of biking trails, parks, and bike-friendly streets, that offers up a variety of riding experiences. Whether you're looking to build up your endurance and ride on scenic, flat trails, or try your hand at some more difficult hills and inclines, there is something for everyone here. 

Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve:

With a 3.3. mile bike path spanning across some of Mahomet's most beautiful landscapes, Lake of the Woods is an inviting, scenic ride for the novice to the most experienced of riders. 

Kickapoo Rail Trail:

The complete trail is a nearly 25-mile stretch that follows the former CSX railroad from East Urbana to Kickapoo State Park. The newly completed 6.7-mile stretch offers scenic views of the eastern end of Urbana, all the way to St. Joseph, offering an Outside of Ordinary look at some of the most diverse ecosystems in the state. 

Meadowbrook Park:

A favorite for bicyclist of all levels, Meadowbrook Park features 3 miles of 10 foot wide paved paths spanning through beautiful prairie landscapes. Meadowbrook also features 2 miles of unpaved wander paths for those looking to take their all-terrain bikes and connect more closely to nature. With scenic views and the artistic touch of the Wandell Sculpture Garden, Meadowbrook Park provides an invigorating and unique biking experience for all. 

Crystal Lake Park:

Located right in the heart of Urbana, Crystal Lake Park offers a variety of trails that cut through the urban forests along Crystal Lake. With attractions including the Anita Purves Nature Center and Busey Woods, Crystal Lake Park provides engaging biking options for those in town with limited time that still want to have a part in bike month.  

 

No matter if you get out and enjoy one Sunday afternoon of riding, or set a goal to bike to work every day, the greater Champaign County area provides an oasis of bike-friendly communities and resources that will invigorate and motivate you throughout Bike Month. 

 

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