Gift Cards, Survey, and Other News

Seat Covers

Did you come out of class to find a BikeMoves seat cover on your bike?  Since our last blog post, the BikeMoves team canvassed many University of Illinois campus hotspots with our bike seat covers.  If you received a seat cover, make sure you have downloaded the app in the Google Play Store or iOS App Store, and signed up for our e-newsletter on the BikeMoves website!  Unfortunately, our supply of bike seat covers is gone for 2016, but read on to see how you can win a bike shop gift card!

BikeMoves seat covers on the University of Illinois campus
BikeMoves seat covers on the University of Illinois campus

WCIA 3 News Coverage

Thanks to WCIA 3 News for interviewing the BikeMoves team about the app!  The story highlights how Champaign-Urbana is the pilot community for BikeMoves Illinois, with plans to roll it out statewide.  Therefore, your continual use of the app and feedback helps us improve the app for all Illinoisans.  Also discussed is the “Report Incident” feature, where you can report an issue on your ride that might need to be fixed, such as a cracked road surface or low tree branch.

WCIA 3 News story about BikeMoves Illinois
WCIA 3 News story about BikeMoves Illinois. Courtesy: IllinoisHomepage.net

Gift Cards Galore

Our friends at Neutral Cycle have donated TWO $50 gift cards for BikeMoves users!  We will draw a winner for each gift card on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.  To be eligible to win, you must be on our e-newsletter list by 11:59 pm on Monday, November 7, 2016.  Make sure you and your bicyclist friends sign up for the BikeMoves e-newsletter by adding your email address under “Email Updates” on the right side of the BikeMoves website.  If you already receive the BikeMoves e-newsletter, you’re already entered into the drawing.

Congratulations to Ben Van Arsdale, winner of one of the Amazon gift cards from the September raffle!

Winner of the September Amazon gift card raffle

Safety Town Survey

Champaign-Urbana is looking at the possibility of building a bicycle safety town in Douglass Park, 512 E. Grove St. in Champaign.  A safety town is a miniature town with various health and safety related programs tailored to different age groups.  Champaign-Urbana area residents are invited to take a short survey on what features you might want to see in a local safety town.  The survey is open through Monday, October 31, 2016.

Children riding bikes at the Peoria Bike Safety Town
Peoria Bike Safety Town. Courtesy: Peoria Park District

“Like” CUUATS on Facebook and follow CUUATS on Twitter to learn about other transportation planning news in the community like this, as well as BikeMoves news.

Enjoy the Fall Weather!

With clear skies and mild fall temperatures forecasted for the next week, this is the perfect time to ride!  Go enjoy your favorite bike ride, and be sure to take BikeMoves Illinois with you!

Light the Night and Amazon Gift Card Raffle

Thanks to everyone who stopped to see us at Light the Night last week! If you received a bike seat cover, be sure to download the BikeMoves app for Android or iOS! While there are similar apps on the market, this is the first app specifically designed for bicyclists in Champaign County. The app provides a valuable data collection opportunity for local transportation planners to improve bike safety and connectivity.

Additionally, BikeMoves includes the locations of existing bikeways (tap the colored lines on the map) and bike parking, as well as the ability to report issues on your ride (e.g. potholes, low tree branches) to local officials. Also included are the locations of bike repair stations and bike shops to help service your bicycle.

Students sign up for the BikeMoves newsletter and receive bike seat covers at Light the Night.

If you haven’t yet received an orange bike seat cover, contact the BikeMoves team. Who knows – a seat cover may find its way to your bike this week!

Gift Card Raffle, You Say?

That’s right! Everyone signed up for the BikeMoves newsletter by 11:59 PM on Thursday, September 29th will be eligible to win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards! If you’re on the BikeMoves newsletter, you’re already entered in the drawing. Encourage your cyclist friends to sign up on the BikeMoves homepage for a chance to win!

iOS Geolocation Permissions

One of the questions we’ve received from users regards the geolocation permissions on iOS. BikeMoves Illinois only tracks your location while you are recording a trip, but the current version requires the always allow permission for geolocation. Check out our recent blog post to learn more about this issue and our privacy policy.

Open Source

BikeMoves Illinois is open source software created by developers at the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission and students at the University of Illinois. The code is freely available for anyone to inspect and improve. Interested in contributing code or documentation? Drop us a line at bikemoves@cuuats.org!

Don’t Delay – USE it today!

Many people may have downloaded BikeMoves Illinois to their device, but now we want to make sure you are using it! The fall weather we have been waiting for has finally arrived this week. So use BikeMoves during your next bike ride, and feel free to shoot us an email at bikemoves@cuuats.org to let us know how it went!