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Winter Riding Season Safety Tips
    by Wally Moran, Ride Director

Winter riding season is here and it’s worth reminding everyone about some safety Guidelines

  • Think ahead when encountering large patches of leaves. There can be potholes or other obstacles hidden underneath them.
  • Leaves and especially wet leaves can be extremely slippery.
  • When the temperature drops; bridges can become icy. This is ESPECIALY true for the wooden bridges on our local trails. Use caution!  Suggest only riding at a speed you are comfortable falling at. That may mean walking across!
  • Watch out for the shade that large trees provide. An otherwise sunny, dry road surface can change when the shade slows the evaporation of moisture on the road.
  • Be wary of wind-blown snow that can cause isolated slick portions on the road.

Winter riding can be a great way to avoid cabin fever and get some sunshine. With some additional caution and proper clothing; cycling can continue on for the next few months.


ANNOUNCEMENT - New Local Area App for Cyclists!

Kane Kendall Council of Mayors (KKCOM) launched a web-based application, the KKCOM Bike & Pedestrian App. This app will provide residents with maps of bike trails, public transportation routes, and public infrastructure. KKCOM staff hopes that this app will assist in wayfinding, recreational experiences, and commuting habits of the residents and visitors of Kane and Kendall County.

Specifically, the maps within the app display locations of bike routes and trails, restrooms, bike shops, parking, popular destinations, public parks and recreational facilities, and emergency assistance facilities (police, fire, and hospitals). The app will also include a map of Metra train and Pace bus stations/shelters and lines throughout the two-county region. Up-to-date information on closures and construction throughout the trail system will also be reported within the app.

The app was launched on November 1, 2018. It can be accessed at KKCOM Bike & Pedestrian App. The app can also be accessed via mobile devices. The app is completely free to use and does not require a membership to access.

“We hope that the KKCOM Bike and Pedestrian App will help current users of KKCOM’s growing transportation system travel with greater ease, while also encouraging others to take advantage of the many forms of transportation available within Kane and Kendall County,” says Tom Rickert, KKCOM Executive Director and Kane County’s Deputy Director of Transportation.

Staff members from the Division of Transportation and the Geographic Information Systems Department worked cooperatively to develop the app. The Elgin Bike & Pedestrian Advisory Committee; Fox Valley Park District; and Aurora Bike, Pedestrian, and Transit Advisory Board also helped with the design of the app.

Residents can contact Ryan Peterson, Kane County’s Bike & Pedestrian Coordinator, at with questions or comments regarding the app.

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Tiptoe Through The Tulips
Second Monday ride of the year
April 24, 2017


First Ride of 2017
Happy New Year
Batavia Riverwalk

Sub-5 Century Ride for Davis Phinney
Foundation for Parkinson's Sept 11
Fox Valley Club Rouleurs  4:50
Kevin, Chris, John, Mike, Beth, Don, Rob, Matt, Jason and Jose
Ride Across Wisconsin, August 27
Jens Voigt welcomes club members to Kenosha
after their 178 mile one-day ride from Dubuque, Iowa
Alvin (friend from Naperville), Jens Voigt (yes, he rode, but way
faster than our group), Rob, Beth, Jose and Jason
Missing from the picture: Wally
July 2016 Progressive Dinner by Bicycle
Progressive Dinner Ride, July 2016
Shabbona State Park - June 
Brian, Fred, Gina, Tony, Tanya, Don and Carl
Kaneville - Genoa Ride, May 22
Tim, Barb, Rainbow, Beth, Wally, Gina, Troy, Tony, Tom, Carl, Jose, Chris & Rob (photographer - Casey)
Heading to Maple Park on Beith
Lunch stop in Genoa
Red Bud Ride, London, Kentucky - April
Jose, Ralph, Tanya, Beth, Terry and Frank