Cal-Sag Cycles - Blue Island
History ‘n Hollywood Bike Ride

Flags of Our Fathers on Highland Ave in Blue IslandThis Friday, June 15 we’ll be hosting another bike ride in Blue Island: History n Hollywood!  We’ll be stopping at sites featured in movies and television while exploring local history… and ending with a special sneak-peak screening at THE LYRIC THEATER!  The screening will be open just for bike riders, so you won’t want to miss it!

Active Transportation Alliance will be meeting commuters at the Vermont Street Station on Friday evening.  We’ll gather at Uptown Park (NE corner of York and Western Ave) between 5:30 and 6:30pm.  The patio will be open at Tenochtitlan and we encourage everyone to grab a bite to eat!  We’ll begin and end here, so we can hang out with Eli after the ride as well.

The ride pushes off from the Park at 6:30pm.  Our route will take us past sites seen in Early Edition, Flags of Our Fathers, The Express, and The Rite (see it on google maps).  We cruise at an easy pace, stopping at each site.  The route is a little over a mile-and-a-half, so even part-time riders will be comfortable and are encouraged to come!  Heck, bring the whole family!  We will be riding as a group on Western Avenue in Uptown, so please be safe and considerate to your fellow cyclists and others that we share the road with.  Brush up on safety tips from Active Trans. 

If you missed out last year, pics are here on flickr.  Looks like fun, right?!  Don’t miss out on this unique ride and special tour of The Lyric Theater.  As an added bonus, the first 50 riders get a Bike Commuter Challenge goodie bag courtesy of Active Trans.

Grid Gives Island Delights a Try

We were pleased as can be to host John Greenfield in BI. A rock solid guy and well-known bike champion, John came down to the Island at Jane Healy’s invitation and we got to tour around with him and show off a few things that make us Love Blue Island.

Read his report here - thanks much John for spending an evening in BI. Anyone else want the tour?!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24858199@N00/7337294650/

Looks like JJ is grabbing his brake! You have not conquered Dead Man’s Gulch quite yet!!

C’mon guy… on Flickr.
Bike Rodeo pics now up on our flickr. Here Jason from Active Trans tries to talk this fella into riding a “girls” bike. He didn’t go for it.

C’mon guy… on Flickr.

Bike Rodeo pics now up on our flickr. Here Jason from Active Trans tries to talk this fella into riding a “girls” bike. He didn’t go for it.

Ya Know About the Rodeo Show?!

Stopped in at GoodSpeed Cycles today - the friendly guys over there let us pick up some supplies for tomorrow’s Bike Rodeo! That’s right, CSC will be back in action, popping up once again, this time at the Blue Island Public Library, 2433 York St., on Saturday, August 27 from 10a - 2p.

This fun event puts kids through their paces on a closed course, helping them improve their cycling skills. Don’t have a bike, but still want to have fun? No worries, we are bringing a trailer full of bikes so everyone can join!

The Cal-Sag Cycles crew will be on hand to offer late-summer / back-to-school tune-ups. So if your bike took a beating this summer, or you’re just interested in dusting off that old beater bike in the garage, come on down to the Library from 10a - 2p and we’ll see how we can help.

Active Transportation Alliance will be hosting a bike plan workshop from 10:30 - noon, so it’s really important to get up and at ‘em early tomorrow. Click here to learn more. See you there!

It’s Good to Have Friends

Cal-Sag Cycles is fortunate to be friends with the Friends of the Calumet-Sag Trail, undoubtedly one of the best and most anticipated projects in the Southland. Not only will the Calumet-Sag Trail provide 26 miles of biking goodness along the Cal-Sag, but it helps bring attention to a long neglected resource. It lets communities of character such as Blue Island and its industrial (and industrious!) neighbors showcase what residents have long known: this place matters. Not only that: don’t count us out… we ain’t dead yet.

Change is on its way all around us. We first saw from Openlands the terrific news that MWRD has voted to start keeping Calumet area rivers clean. While we hope this doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of our Creature From the Cal-Sag mascot, we do hope this means more people than ever will head down to Blue Island and launch a boat at Fay’s Point or elsewhere on the Little Calumet River and enjoy some time exploring the southside.

We love getting out and about in the Calumet region with some of our other friends, the Calumet Outdoor Series. This wonderful group of hiking and paddling events brings out the best in the Calumet. Their next event, June 18, is at nearby Beaubien Woods. Anyone want to bike there with us?!

Bike to Work!

Cal-Sag Cycles opens its doors on Saturday, June 11 - the start of Active Transportation Alliance’s Bike Commuter Challenge. Coincidence? Of course not!

Cal-Sag Cycles is here to help Blue Islanders get their bikes back on the road. And what better way to start the summer than by biking to work? We’re all proud that BI is such a great place to get around by bike. Wether you’re doing regular errands, dining out at a fantastic local restaurant, heading to the park, or exploring our historic neighborhoods, a bicycle is the way to get around town!

For the week of June 11-17 Active Trans challenges Chicagoland residents to get to work by bike. It’s easy to do with these helpful how-to tips. The City of Blue Island is doing their part, and for the second year the Community Development Department is sponsoring a Bike to Work Week team. Biking to work is not only fun and healthy, but it’s GREEN - think of all the money you’ll be saving on gas :)

Cal-Sag Cycles is offering two opportunities to get your bike ready for the ride to work:

  • On Friday, June 10 find our team, along with local bike advocates, at the season’s first TGIF picnic. Cal-Sag Cycles will be on hand at 11a to assist in safety checks and offer bicycle maintenance.
  • Come to Cal-Sag Cycles, 12840 Western Ave, on Saturday, June 11 from 10a - 2p for our GRAND OPENING! It will be fun for all ages, and the Cal-Sag Cycles team will be offering FREE bicycle maintenance to all in a festive, block party atmosphere.

Later in the week, the City of Blue Island will be hosting a Bike After Work event at Restaurante Tenochtitlan, 12947 Western Ave., on Thursday, June 16 from 5:30p to 7:30p. The Blue Island Bicycle Club will help lead a leisurely bike tour of Blue Island, leaving Tenochtitlan at 7:30p. You won’t want to miss it!