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League of Illinois Bicyclists

We're making Illinois better through biking!

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

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League of Illinois Bicyclists

EIN: 36-3823236


Mission

Ride Illinois is a nonprofit organization making Illinois better through biking! We push for bike-friendly roads and trails, advocate for favorable legislation, and educate bicyclists and motorists. Learn more at rideillinois.org.

Notes from the nonprofit

4/29/23: The Ride Illinois board adopted a new strategic plan which the organization will begin working on immediately. Please contact us at [email protected] with questions the organization, our mission and our priorities.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Mr. David R Simmons

Main address

815 Leicester Rd #314

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 USA

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Formerly known as

League of Illinois Bicyclists

Ride Illinois

EIN

36-3823236

Subject area info

Safety education

Bicycling and pedestrian-oriented development

Cycling

Sports

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

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

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Incorporated in 1992, Ride Illinois is a well-respected, expert advocate for people who ride bikes in Illinois. Making Illinois better through biking is more than a tagline; it is the mission to improve safety, so biking remains a healthy lifestyle, a practical transportation option, as well as a boost to tourism and a healthy environment. The board is determined to build on 30 years of accomplishment for bicycling and become the go-to organization for action. Ride Illinois strives to be known as: • The go-to advocacy organization in the state • The organization that led efforts to eliminate or greatly reduce bicyclist fatalities in Illinois • The organization that helped Illinois become a top-5 Bicycle Friendly State • The organization whose efforts made biking an everyday option for personal mobility

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
Adults
Children and youth

Lets 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/, https://rideillinois.org/events/lets-ride-illinois-2022/, and https://rideillinois.org/events/lets-ride-illinois-2023/

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

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

The I Can Bike There campaign aims to educate the public and encourage them to use their bikes for everyday trips and explore new routes, while celebrating those who already use their bicycle as a practical, sustainable mode of transportation.

Learn more at https://www.icanbikethere.org/

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

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

goal for number of members for fiscal year

Number of community initiatives in which the organization participates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Let's Ride, Illinois Community Events

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of community rides associated with our Let's Ride, Illinois event

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Ride Illinois Safely

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of course requests received, and ideally completed, through our Ride Illinois Safely program

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Regional Action Teams

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of individuals who apply to join our Regional Action Team volunteer program

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal: Eliminate (or greatly reduce) bicyclist injuries and fatalities in Illinois

Strategies to Accomplish Goal
• Influence and Prioritize IDOT Policy and State/Local Legislation
• Awareness and Outreach (Make safety our #1 message)
• Further develop the Regional Action Team (RAT) program
• Develop Safe Biking (and Walking) curriculum for K-12 schools in Illinois
• Education of law enforcement on laws that pertain to people on bikes
• Enhance the Ride Illinois Safely program, including BikeSafetyQuiz
• Develop and implement an Internship Program
• Form committees that focus on Advocacy and Education

Ride Illinois will continue to promote bicycling for transportation which is a sustainable mode of travel that has a positive impact on individuals, communities, and the planet. We'll expand our efforts to improve infrastructure and safety for people outside of motor vehicles (aka as Vulnerable Road Users), including people who walk, use wheelchairs, and micro-mobility devices.

More trips by bike have a positive impact on personal health – physical, mental, and emotional. Communities also benefit from more trips by bike! The air is cleaner and stronger bonds are established amongst neighbors.

Ride Illinois will improve our safety and education resources in order to make them more widely available. Initial discussions about translating resources to additional languages have begun.

The majority of Ride Illinois' advocacy, education, and awareness efforts will also improve conditions for those who ride a bike for recreation, exercise, and touring.

Lastly, Ride Illinois strives to build community by bike. More information can be found at https://rideillinois.org/rideil-community-update/. "Building community by bike" means that we are actively involved and engaged at the community level. We assist with planning and attend community-focused events that promote biking for recreation and transportation. We've established strong ties to a number of communities in Illinois as a result of this welcoming approach.

All of our efforts are centered on advocacy, education, and awareness that the humble bicycle has so much potential to improve lives. Through established programs, such as Ride Illinois Safely (education) and our Regional Action Teams (volunteers), we're making progress on the problems that we aim to solve.

Events that Ride Illinois organizes such as Let's Ride, Illinois aim to promote the many benefits of biking to adults and children in Illinois. Partnering on events such as the Street Love Ride, Ride with D45, and We Keep You Rollin's Annual Lucas Legacy ride offer opportunities to get involved with a wide range of people and communities.

Our I Can Bike There awareness campaign aims to educate the public and encourage them to use their bikes for everyday trips and explore new routes, while celebrating those who already use their bicycle as a practical, sustainable mode of transportation

Recently, Ride Illinois was a key player in the push for bike-friendly legislation, such as HB270 which will result in more infrastructure for bicyclists and pedestrians in Illinois communities. Also, we have begun work advocating for an e-bike incentive program in Illinois which will lower the barrier of entry for purchasing an e-bike for low and middle income Illinois residents.

Collaboration with community organizations and building the "Ride Illinois community" is an ongoing and rewarding endeavor. We have already established meaningful relationships with several organizations and the people the serve. We aim to learn about the barriers to biking that adults and children face, and then offer potential solutions.

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

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, 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

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, 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

League of Illinois Bicyclists
Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30
Financial documents
2022 FY22 Audit 051123 2021 FY21 Audit 051822 2020 FY20 Audit 093020 2019 FY19 Audit 093019
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.00

Average of 0.93 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2.9

Average of 3.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

9%

Average of 99% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

League of Illinois Bicyclists

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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League of Illinois Bicyclists

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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League of Illinois Bicyclists

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of League of Illinois Bicyclists’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $3,767 $45,676 -$9,157 $59,575 $117,693
As % of expenses 0.8% 13.1% -2.9% 14.4% 25.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $3,767 $45,676 -$9,157 $59,575 $117,693
As % of expenses 0.8% 13.1% -2.9% 14.4% 25.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $459,990 $392,858 $342,136 $4,300 $575,938
Total revenue, % change over prior year 36.3% -14.6% -12.9% -98.7% 13293.9%
Program services revenue 46.7% 48.1% 41.3% 2506.5% 29.0%
Membership dues 21.4% 15.2% 17.5% 1628.9% 21.9%
Investment income 0.3% 0.5% 0.4% 24.9% 0.0%
Government grants 18.5% 22.5% 22.9% 4399.2% 42.0%
All other grants and contributions 12.6% 12.8% 17.6% 1410.8% 7.4%
Other revenue 0.4% 1.0% 0.3% 29.8% -0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $454,892 $348,791 $310,434 $412,555 $459,471
Total expenses, % change over prior year 34.0% -23.3% -11.0% 32.9% 11.4%
Personnel 39.8% 34.8% 549.9% 40.5% 35.1%
Professional fees 17.2% 19.6% 14.8% 24.5% 1.2%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 23.2%
All other expenses 39.1% 42.2% 235.8% 35.1% 40.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $454,892 $348,791 $310,434 $412,555 $459,471
One month of savings $37,908 $29,066 $25,870 $34,380 $38,289
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $28,557 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $492,800 $377,857 $336,304 $475,492 $497,760

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.6 0.0 7.8 5.5 2.9
Months of cash and investments 4.2 2.1 10.3 7.4 9.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.2 7.0 7.5 7.4 9.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $99,590 $0 $200,614 $188,537 $110,081
Investments $58,941 $62,323 $65,323 $66,088 $262,237
Receivables $0 $139,530 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 10.7% 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $158,531 $204,207 $195,050 $254,625 $372,318
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $70,887 $0 $0
Total net assets $158,531 $204,207 $237,380 $254,625 $372,318

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mr. David R Simmons

As Executive Director of Ride Illinois, I collaborate with staff and the board to insure that the organization is actively and effectively advocating for cyclists of all ages and abilities in the state of Illinois. The role focuses on fiscal responsibility and makes every effort to use membership dollars, corporate donations, and grant funds in line with the organization's mission and vision. Collaboration with local bicycle advocates, other like-minded organization, government entities, and potential partners (both within and outside of Illinois) is key to Ride Illinois' future success. In addition, I assist with the coordination of the following unique, fun, and informative bike-friendly initiatives: • The Grand Illinois Bike Tour (GIBT) • The Illinois Bike Summit • www.bikesaeftyquiz.com which is a proven, effective, free educational resource • Promoting the 'Share the Road' license plates program • Attending relevant events, rides, and conferences across the state

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

League of Illinois Bicyclists

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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League of Illinois Bicyclists

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mrs. Cynthia Hoyle

Hoyle Consulting, LLC

Term: 2026 - 2023

Don Dirks

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.

Trevor Cottle

Illinois State Board of Education

Katie Ancell

Psychologist

Angela Brooks

Illinois Program at Corporation for Supportive Housing

George Fero

McKendree University

Dick Westfalll

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (retired)

Mike Keating

Keating Law Offices

Linda Warner

Stopping Woman Abuse Now (SWAN)

Deborah Liu

Graduate Research Assistant at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ginger Wheeler

Marketing and Communication

Ripujit Singh

Microsoft

Jenny Kane

Metra

Jim Norris

Charter School Principal

Brendan Kevenides

Freeman-Kevenides Law Firm

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 1/5/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/23/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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.