Town of Normal Mayor Chris Koos welcomed PeopleForBikes cyclists on Sunday. PeopleForBikes is a national non-profit organization working to increasing bicycling by making it safer. Since its inception, the organization has spent more than $30 million to make bicycling better and invested $2.1 million in community bicycling projects to leverage more than $654 million in federal, state, and private funding. Twenty cyclists are wrapping up a 5 day, 500 mile ride from Kansas City to Chicago to raise another $100,000 dollars. Helping to lead the Ride on Chicago are Charlie Cooper, Vice President of Membership and Development for PeopleForBikes and pro-cyclist Tim Johnson. Johnson is a 6 time national cyclocross champion and says after 3 years of leading the Ride on Washington, he thought it was time to shift the ride to the midwest, in part to recognize Chicago's bike infrastructure improvements.
Charlie Cooper is the PeopleForBikes Vice President of Membership and Development. Tim Johnson is a six-time national cyclocross champion. He's leading a ride for the non-profit bicycle advocacy group. The ride started in Kansas City on the 29th and wraps in Chicago on Monday and hit points in between, including Bloomington-Normal.
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