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From the President

Moving Forward

A new month of cycling, hiking and social events are ahead in February.

In the area of cycling, the FOS club continues to plan for the annual Easter Ride on April 30, 2017. The FOS Easter Ride committee has some exciting, new, shorter trail routes planned for beginners and families, along with our traditional medium and long routes for experienced riders. A registration link is available on the FOS Webpage www.folksonspokes.com under “You’ve found the home of the Easter Ride!”

The members of Folks On Spokes (FOS) are busy learning how to use our new Folks on Spokes Activity Scheduler located on the Web page under the Rides and Activity drop down menu. Ride and hike leaders need to contact the FOS Webmaster Robert Stickley to establish a username and password.

The Post Valentine’s Day Social is the social FOS event for February. It will be held on February 21, 2017 at Smokey Barque located at 20 Kansas Street, Frankfort, Illinois. All members and individuals more...

Thanks received from Working Bikes Board President

I want to personally thank you as the President and Treasurer of Folks on Spokes, as well as your entire Board and membership for the recent donation of $100 to Working Bikes. Looking at your website, I see that Folks on Spokes also donated to us in 2016 and 2015. We greatly appreciate your continued financial support of Working Bikes to help us achieve our mission of giving old bikes new lives by redistributing them as tools of empowerment in local and global communities.

Because of record bike donations, as well as financial support, Working Bikes was able to send a record 6525 bikes in 17 shipments to bike projects in 7 countries in Africa and Central America in 2016. We were also able to fix and distribute over 1700 bikes locally -doubling last year's results- to school children, veterans, refugees and people in homeless transition situations.

Please thank your entire membership for me. I would also greatly appreciate it if you would remind them that if are getting a new ride or if they have an old bike gathering dust in their basement or garage that are not doing them any good, we can put them to good use. It is easy to donate a bike to Working Bikes and receive a tax donation receipt.

In your area bike donation sites include:

If you are looking for other ways to connect regarding Working Bikes and our relationship with Folks on Spokes or bike advocacy in general, please let me know. Again, Thank You!


Phil Kaplan, Working Bikes Board President 847-722-4715

FOS Club Survey Results

Review the Folks on Spokes survey results conducted at the annual Pizza Party. See how your opinion ranked. Go to the survey results page

Folks on Spokes IS the reason to join a bike club

Folks on Spokes Bicycle Club provides members with a wide variety of cycling activities while making an impact on the state of cycling in the Chicago south suburban area.

Folks on Spokes is at the forefront of cyclist advocacy, working with various government agencies to insure that the needs of cyclists are considered when road improvements, trail construction and laws regarding cyclists are reviewed. The club has had much success in influencing area governmental bodies to remember cyclists.

Folks on Spokes provides members with opportunities to ride with cyclists of similar riding abilities on a variety of weekly routes from 15 to 100 miles in length. Rides are scheduled on weekdays as well as every weekend. There is something for everyone.

Come to a meeting and check us out!

Folks on Spokes monthly meetings are held on the fourth Thursday at 7:30 pm at the Flossmoor Village Hall, 2800 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor, IL, west of the Metra tracks and east of Governor's Highway. Click here for a map

You've found the home of the Easter Ride!

Join us on Sunday, April 30, 2017!

Sign-up for the Easter Ride is as easy as clicking here to join us through Active.com Sign up now!

Easter Ride 2017 Logo

What you NEED to know:

  1. What: The Folks on Spokes Easter Ride
  2. Who: Riders of any age that want to get a jump on the biking season.
  3. When: Sunday, April 30, 2017, registration from 7:30-10:00am
  4. Where: Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, Park Forest, Ill.
  5. Why: Really? You like bicycling don't you?
  6. How: Any way you can, get yourself to the Easter Ride!
  7. Cost:
    • Children 12 and under: $5
    • Adults through April 15, $20/rider
    • Adults after April 15, $25/rider
  8. What kind of routes? 17, 26, 37, 45, 53, 70 miles.
  9. Rest stops, SAG support, and free parking.
  10. Oh yea, we have t-shirts availabe as well. Tradition. $14-20.
  11. Bike helmets ARE required. Don't forget yours. Ride safe.

What you'd Like to know:

Opening day of the Chicagoland bicycle season is coming up on Sunday, April 30. That’s the 36th Annual Easter Ride. The routes are different this year thanks to work by our master route planner, Dave DeGroot. Long routes of approximately 37, 45, 53 and 70-mile go to Goodenow Grove and Monee Reservoir, replacing Willowbrook.

Sign-up for the Easter Ride is as easy as clicking here to join us through Active.com Sign up now!

The shorter routes of approximately 17 and 26 miles are very different than our recent routes to Crete. This year, these routes will go north on the Orchard Drive bike lanes to the Old Plank Road Trail, then east to the Thorn Creek Trail and northeast to Glenwood. Those wanting the 26-mile route will cross the bridge over the railroad tracks in Glenwood twice. The return will go around Sauk Lake at 26th Street and return to Park Forest on Chestnut Street. These new short routes are the brainchild of Chris Oldanie, the new co-chair of the Easter ride. Chris suggested making these routes attractive to riders who prefer to avoid riding on high-traffic streets.

Jim Tomaszewski (yet again) provided the winning logo design and Jane Botta, assisted by to Chris Oldanie’s daughter, Michelle Davis, is working to get the aggressive bunny onto the commemorative T-shirts.

Tony Loukota has been busy, working with Ride Illinois to get our brochures ready for the invitational ride mailing that goes out to 10,000 bicyclists in Illinois and surrounding states.

The South Suburban Dulcimer group will be invited to play at Monee Reservoir, and Bob Rapacki is planning to entertain at Goodenow Grove. Joe Williams and Friends and Kendall Parrish will be invited to perform at Dining on the Green at ride’s end.

We’ve decided to abandon the Village Hall downstairs Party Room and return to Dining on the Green. We’re taking a chance that a paying customer will want Dining on the Green for April 30, but the cost to guarantee using Dining on the Green is prohibitive. If we get kicked out of Dining on the Green, we’ll move to the big board room at Village Hall.

Again our ride will feature home-made cookies. Homemade cookies are an essential part of the Easter Ride – we advertise them as a feature. If you bake six dozen, we’ll waive your registration and you ride for free. Just write “cookies” on your registration form.

If you haven’t yet volunteered to work on the Easter Ride, it’s not too late to get in on the fun of helping with the “Opening Day.” Just send me an email at alsturges@sbcglobal.net.

League of American Bicyclists
Ride Illinois
Indiana Bicycle Coalition
Working Bikes Cooperative