Dan Steadman with the Bike Co-op on the West Bloomington Revitalization Venture explains why he provides volunteer bike restore classes on the Mild the Night time bike gentle giveaway occasion in Regular. READ MORE HERE.

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NORMAL — It is an occasion that is been “rolling on” for 9 years. However the message has stayed the identical.

Municipal employees and neighborhood companions handed out about 100 bicycle lights Thursday on the the Regular Public Library. Named “Mild the Night time,” the occasion’s purpose was to get bicycle lights on each bicycle that does not have already got one.

Regular City Planner Mercy Davison mentioned it is essential to advertise protected bike driving.

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“To be seen is crucial,” she mentioned. “You want drivers to have the ability to see you if you’re in your bike.”

A bicycle mechanic was additionally on website to verify over folks’s rides.

“They verify for fundamentals,” Davison mentioned, “if there’s air within the tires, do the brakes work, is the chain on proper, is the short launch in the precise place?

Felicia Harrison, proper, of Bloomington, reveals Hope Aitken, 9, additionally of Bloomington, the way to activate a bicycle gentle Thursday on the Regular Public Library. The City of Regular hosted a motorbike gentle giveaway occasion referred to as Mild the Night time.

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“They are not there to do intensive repairs, however they’re there to level out if something’s unsafe.”

“You don’t wish to be on a motorbike the place your brakes don’t work or the place a wheel may come off as a result of the short launch isn’t firmly engaged,” the city planner mentioned.

Dan Steadman crammed in as mechanic and confirmed attendees the way to full easy repairs. He additionally volunteers with the Bike Co-op on the West Bloomington Revitalization Venture. The co-op teaches folks the way to use bikes as an everyday transportation choice and to restore bicycles affordably. 

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He mentioned WBRP used to carry a motorbike giveaway occasion every year, however plenty of the bikes began come again to them with minor points, like flat tires or a sequence that got here off. 


Dan Steadman, left, helps Chris Gillott regulate a motorbike chain for his son, Daivd Gillott, 10, on the Mild the Night time occasion Thursday on the Regular Public Library.

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“Bike co-ops aren’t a brand new factor, Champaign has one, Peoria has one,” Steadman mentioned. “We thought if we might do one thing like that, we might educate folks how repair their bikes reasonably than get rid of them as soon as they’ve a minor downside.”

Steadman suggested Chris Gillott on the Thursday occasion on tuning his son’s bike.

“We’re new to the neighborhood for a few 12 months, so we admire all the energetic choices which are right here,” Gillot mentioned. “Love the paths, the entire community of it.”

Join Transit was available to point out folks the way to load their bikes on a bus rack in a “low-pressure” setting, mentioned Advertising and marketing and Enterprise Growth Supervisor Jeff Holtke.

He added utilizing the bike rack is a fast, three-step course of.

“It is a good dry run for them to have the ability to discover ways to load the bike on the bus rack on all of our fixed-route buses,” Holtke mentioned. “They’re all geared up with a motorbike rack, and that is the place we come into place.”


A toddler learns the way to take off the kickstand on their bike Thursday on the Mild the Night time bike gentle giveaway occasion on the Regular Public Library. Volunteers from the Bike Co-op have been available to verify over folks’s bicycles and supply restore suggestions.

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As soon as bikers get some apply with loading the racks, he mentioned they will not really feel like they’re slowing the bus down when it is on an precise route.

Holtke mentioned bike lights left over from the occasion might be handed out by bus operations to riders who haven’t got a lightweight. Davison mentioned extra spares might be offered to space police at hand out.

Nikki Aitken, of Bloomington, mentioned she and her 9-year-old daughter Hope simply occurred to be biking within the space when a few bikers instructed them “it is advisable to come by right here” to get a lightweight.

She added it is good that “everyone seems to be all the time searching for one another.”

“I slipped a sequence as soon as on the path and a biker stopped and obtained all of it mounted for me so we might maintain going.”

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