Prairie Pedal Brings Bike Riders and Nature Together

The 15th annual Prairie Pedal bike ride on May 15 is expected to draw hundreds of adults and children out to explore the nature and beautiful trails of northern Lake County.

Join the more than 600 bike riders from throughout the region who are expected to participate in this Sunday's Prairie Pedal, the largest family bike ride in Lake County.

“Lake County has amazing, natural spaces waiting to be explored and enjoyed,” said Nathan Aaberg of the Liberty Prairie Conservancy, the organization coordinating Prairie Pedal.  “We want to help parents reconnect their kids with nature. What is an easier way to do that than a bike ride?”

Riders can choose from four routes on May 15 including four miles, nine miles, 12 miles or 27 miles. The shorter routes take bikers through and into Libertyville Township's Oak Openings. The 27-mile route also takes bikers through Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve and an extra stretch of scenic Casey Road.

The 15th annual Prairie Pedal will show riders the beauty Lake County has to offer. Participants are expected from communities throughout Lake, McHenry and Cook Counties, among others.

"The Prairie Pedal is a fun way families can enjoy open space and learn more about nature within the county," Aaberg said.

Riders will start the Prairie Pedal between 8:30 and 11 a.m at the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Grayslake Campus, 1475 E. Route 120.

At rest stops, riders can enjoy nature education programs. The ride concludes with lunch, ice cream and professional massages at the historic in Prairie Crossing. There also will be a raffle drawing at noon with prizes such as an 18-speed mountain bike and White Sox tickets.

The conservancy has kept the price the same the past seven years to make it a family value. Registration is now $25 for adults and $15 for ages 6 to 17. Children ages 5 and under are free. Walk-ups are welcome.

For information, call the Liberty Prairie Conservancy at (847) 548-5989 or visit  www.libertyprairie.org to register.

Runner1 May 15, 2011 at 03:40 PM
So why does the Liberty Prairie Conservancy need a fund raiser? They are paid EACH TIME a Waste Management truck tips a load of trash at the Countryside dump - this is a LOT of money, folks! Why is it that the families who live in the Prairie Crossing community don't get any of these funds - WE'RE the ones who have to live with groundwater contamination heading to our Lake Leopold, with the stench of trash, with the blowing plastic bags......and now we're being asked to PAY to ride our bikes on the trails that OUR association dues support??? Hope for thunderstorms, PC residents!
Sully May 15, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Man, you guys will complain about anything! Are you really serious?
Andrea Johnson May 15, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Look at the post above me, it's a clown!
Runner1 May 15, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Yeah - YOU live with Waste Management's contamination of your community and watch someone else get rich from the "impact fees" that should go to the ones suffering the impact and THEN we'll have a conversation...
Sully May 15, 2011 at 10:07 PM
HM May 15, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Did you not see the landfill before you signed the mortgage papers?!?!? You had to know it was there, and that no one can force where the stench goes.
Runner1 May 16, 2011 at 02:14 PM
The Countryside dump was supposed to close right after we bought our house. Waste Management cut a deal with the developers of Prairie Crossing (George and Vicky Ranney) to compensate "the community" in exchange for an extension of the dumps life. Problem is the compensation goes to their Liberty Prairie Conservancy, a nonprofit that buys the land around the Ranney's home on Casey Road. How does this help families whose kids can't swim in Lake Leopold because we're afraid that all of the cancers in the neighborhood could be from landfill pollution? We can't even open our windows in the summer because of the stench, and we're afraid to eat anything from the vegetable garden because we don't know what's in the soil. Almost half the homes in Prairie Crossing are vacant or for sale. Nobody wants to buy here because of the dump and its contamination of our land, our air and our water. The dump was supposed to be a scenic prairie burm by now. Thanks, LPC, for everything you've done for Prairie Crossing! The developers made their money and GOT OUTTA DODGE!
C-Dub May 16, 2011 at 04:21 PM
Mary -- Like Sullivan said, you saw the dump when you moved in correct. You made the choice to move into PC (or so I am assuming due to the content of your comments), now you are upset with YOUR choice. Even if the dump closed right after you moved in the pollution and stench do not immediately cease! All that waste does not just disappear and turn into a beautiful park. It takes years for everything to decompose and all the gases to go away. I grew up in Buffalo Grove and Nichols Knoll did not pop up over night. I understand your frustration about living next to a dump, but like I said, you made the choice. You have 2 options: move out or buy a lot of air fresheners and medical insurance if you are afraid of the cancer potential.
Runner1 May 16, 2011 at 04:50 PM
C-Dub: I can accept the consequences of our decision to buy in Prairie Crossing. What frustrates me is the Liberty Prairie Conservancy profiting from the dump each and every day while the residents are the ones being dumped on. Then, on top of this, the LPC uses OUR trails (and charging us for their use) to make even MORE money for their own agenda. Just sayin.....
C-Dub May 16, 2011 at 05:37 PM
Mary, I now understand your frustration. What you may need to do is contact each and everyone of LPC partners and make sure they are aware of what is going on. Pardon the pun, but you need to raise a stink and the best way to hit a 501(c)3 organization is in the pocketbook. That being said, LPC is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, so their agenda is to make money. The money generated may be used for projects near and far since they are a countywide organization
Runner1 May 16, 2011 at 07:46 PM
C-Dub - good suggestions. Thanks!
steve May 16, 2011 at 10:56 PM
Mary and others. You have confused the Liberty Prairie Conservancy with the Liberty Prairie Foundation. A common mistake becuase the names are very similar. The Liberty Prairie Conservancy does not receive ANY tipping fees from Waste Management, it never has. These fees go to the Liberty Prairie Foundation. No fees from Prairie Crossing go to the Liberty Prairie Conservancy either. Please check your facts.
Runner1 May 17, 2011 at 03:42 AM
Steve - please explain, then, how the Liberty Prairie Conservancy and the Liberty Prairie Foundation are inter-related, or have common leadership / board members. Because they do.


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