|Object Name||Patch, Insignia|
Patch from the Fireside Tour bicycle ride, hosted by the Elk Grove Park District Bicycle Club, c. 1970s. The symbol of the elk riding a bicycle was the club's logo. The Fireside Tour invitational ride occurred during the wintertime. Members were invited to bring their bicycle and ride upon stationary rollers inside the Park District Teen Center near the fireplace.
Marilyn Wilkerson, donor, is an avid cyclist and was a member of the Elk Grove Park District Bicycle Club and served as the President in 1978-1979. She later assisted in the forming of the Friends of Cycling in Elk Grove (FCEG) in 2011.
|Collection||Elk Grove Historical Museum|
The Elk Grove Wheelman bicycle club was formed around 1970. Richard and Ardie Sorenson are credited with collaborating with then Park District employee, Al Hattendorf, to initiate the formation of the club. Larry McCarthy, owner of the Elk Grove Schwinn Cyclery on Turner Avenue (off of Devon Avenue), was also integral to the formation of the club and served as the intital contact person regarding membership and rides. Membership rates were offered at $3.50 per family and $2.50 per individual. The club soon changed names to The Elk Grove Park District Bicycle Club.
The club promoted bicycling as a great source of exercise and leisure, provided safety tips, and hosted several invitational rides in the community and surrounding areas. The club also worked with Village President and bicycle enthusiast, Jack Pahl, to create bicycle routes with directional signage throughout town in the early 1970's. Monthly meetings were held at the Park District Teen Center on Elk Grove Blvd (near the present site of Rainbow Falls Water Park).
At the peak of their existence, the club handled registration for the 1974 L.A.W. (League of American Wheelman) Roundup in Wheeling and hosted Chicagoland bicycle meetups in Elk Grove Village. Due to a declining interest in bicycling, the club disbanded sometime during the early 1980s and were last adverstised in the park district brochure during the Summer of 1981.
In October of 2011, The Friends of Cycling in Elk Grove (FCEG), a group of dedicated cycling advocates and enthusiasts from Elk Grove Village, hosted their first meeting. In March of 2012, FCEG was officially recognized by Major Craig Johnson as Elk Grove Village's "duly recognized cycling organization." They meet regularly to discuss the state of cycling in Elk Grove, identify areas of improvement, and determine ways to share the many benefits of cycling with others. FCEG is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity that periodically hosts events with the park district and village.