Well, I just attended our last Task Force meeting before the ride on Sunday and all I have to say is:
The route that we used last year, that I laid out, ended up using a road that for a distance of only 3 blocks was in Bartlett's police jurisdiction and of course, people from the one subdivision that had an exit blocked for two periods of 20 minutes as the bikes flowed past raised holy hell with the police and mayor's office to the point where the Village of Bartlett officially refused to let the ride come thru on the same route unless we could get the state legislature to make a specific law stating that they could block that one exit road just for the ride. Did I mention that this is not a turn point, not a controlled intersection, just a simple side road where people have to wait for traffic regardless in order to pull out on to the road? :roll:
I would urge anyone with contacts within or on the Bartlett village board to call them and tell them they need to support the Ride for Kids, especially since the Chicagoland ride is the largest RFK ride in the country and raises nearly $400,000 every year for pediatric brain tumor research and other related programs.
The difficulties in changing the route due to that 3 block section have been enormous, and while the cause is worth it the stubbornness of just one village over such a short span is entirely ridiculous. :x :x :x