League of Illinois Bicyclists

Making Illinois better through biking!

aka Ride Illinois   |   Elk Grove Village, IL   |  https://rideillinois.org/

Mission

Ride Illinois is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making Illinois better through biking. We are the advocate for all Illinois bicyclists, promoting bicycle access, education, and safety.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Mr. David R Simmons

Main address

815 Leicester Rd Apt 314

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 USA

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Formerly known as

League of Illinois Bicyclists

Ride Illinois

EIN

36-3823236

NTEE code info

(Amateur Sports Clubs, Leagues, N.E.C.) (N60)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

BikeSafetyQuiz.com

This quiz is provided by Ride Illinois, a statewide non-profit organization, as a convenient, interactive way for bicyclists and motorists to learn more about safely sharing our roads. The Secretary of State is one of our project partners.

The Adult Bicyclist quiz has 35 multiple-choice questions divided into Bronze (10 questions), Silver (13), and Gold (12) levels. The questions cover on-road and off-road situations, skills and techniques, common mistakes, and relevant laws.

You'll likely find many questions challenging. That's OK! The feedback provided to your answers is meant to be the teaching method. We will re-ask those questions you miss - you get up to three chances to correctly answer each question. Once you answer each question in one level correctly, you may move up to the next level. The highest priority questions are in Bronze but see if you can get the Gold!

Population(s) Served

Let’s Ride, Illinois is a celebration of the freedom and benefits that riding a bike offers. The inaugural year for this event was 2021.

The associated, community bike rides (no more than 10 miles) are free of charge and open to all. This event encourages adults and children from Rockford to Cairo (and all places in between) to enjoy a casual bike ride with their neighbors and to experience their community by bike.

Learn more at https://rideillinois.org/events/lets-ride-illinois-2021/

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

In order to increase Ride Illinois’ influence and impact throughout the state, attract new individual and corporate members, expand our educational efforts, and generate additional revenue for current and future programs, Ride Illinois has formed four volunteer Regional Action Teams. Members of the RATs will assist Ride Illinois with advocacy, education, outreach, communication, and more!

Learn more at https://rideillinois.org/advocacy/regional-action-teams/

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Thanks to IDOT’s Injury Prevention funding, we are reimbursing Illinois schools $2 per student, for staff time to assign and use our free, online BikeSafetyQuiz (BSQ) lessons as 20-30 minute online assignments. Since 2018, more than 85,000 Illinois students have used the interactive, quiz-based BSQ resource to close an education gap and to make our roads safer.

Mini-grants are available for three different BSQ lessons and student audiences:
• Child Bicyclist Quiz for elementary schools – 4th and 5th grades, or younger with adult help.
• Adult Bicyclist Quiz for high school Physical Education or Health students.
• Motorist/Driver Education Quiz for high school Driver Education students.

Quizzes are available in English and Spanish. Learn more at https://rideillinois.org/safety/bsqgrants/

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
Young adults

The goal of the Ride Illinois Safely program is to make bike education courses and resources accessible to adults and children across Illinois. Educational content and courses are tailored to different age groups through a variety of methods – online (live), on-demand, and in-person.

The fee for each course differs depending on the number of participants. Some funding is available to ensure cost is not a barrier to bike education.

Learn more at https://rideillinois.org/safety/education/

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Adults and children who ride a bike for recreation or transportation in the state of Illinois.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We developed a more robust bike education program, Ride Illinois Safely, that can reach a wider percentage of Illinois residents.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have a stronger connection with our members and are more confident that we are addressing their concerns.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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League of Illinois Bicyclists

Board of directors
as of 10/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Dick Westfall


Board co-chair

Mrs. Cynthia Hoyle

Hoyle Consulting

Term: 2020 - 2023

Don Dirks

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.

Patrick Smith

Deloitte

Dave Landeweer

TERRA Engineeering

Trevor Cottle

Illinois State Board of Education

Katie Ancell

Psychologist

Angela Brooks

Illinois Program at Corporation for Supportive Housing

Shawnee Day

West Town Bikes

Bob Hoel

Illinois Institute of Technology

George Fero

McKendree University

Bruce Perry

Retired Physician

Mary Jo Herseth

Byline Bank

Ramon Escapa

8th Judicial Circuit Judge

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/23/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/23/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.