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Nonprofit aims to make Palatine bike friendly

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  • Participants of the 2016 Dirt n' Durty Bike Ride gather in front of Durty Nellie's in Palatine. This year's event is May 20.

    Participants of the 2016 Dirt n' Durty Bike Ride gather in front of Durty Nellie's in Palatine. This year's event is May 20.
    Courtesy of Bike Palatine Club

 
Submitted by Mike Swier

The Bike Palatine Club, the Village of Palatine and Mark Dolezal from Durty Nellie's will show off two new bike racks during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, May 20, just before the Dirt n' Durty Bike Ride.

Attending the ceremony will be Mayor Jim Schwantz, Councilmen Brad Helms and Scott Lamer and Mark Dolezal, owner of Durty Nellie's.

The two bike racks are being installed in front of Durty Nellie's for patrons to use when they ride their bikes to downtown Palatine. The Bike Palatine Club purchased the bike racks and will install them.

The Bike Palatine Club has a goal to make Palatine a bike-friendly community by providing many rides throughout the year such as, Bike Rodeo, Cyclefest, Oktoberfest Ride, Full Moon Ride, and Traffic 101.

The Dirt n' Durty Bike Ride will start after the ribbon-cutting at Durty Nellie's, and ride north on Smith Street to Deer Grove Forest Preserve.

There, riders can choose to either ride the paved trail or enjoy getting dirty by riding the dirt trails of Deer Grove West.

The ride ends back at Durty Nellie's for lunch. Each rider receives a $5 off lunch coupon. There will also be Dirt n' Durty long sleeve T-shirts for sale to commemorate the ride.

Cost per rider is $10, with all proceeds benefiting additional bike racks in downtown Palatine. All are welcome to attend the ribbon-cutting and ride.

Also, you can take this opportunity to join the Bike Palatine Club for a $15 yearly membership. For information, visit www.facebook.com/BikePalatineClub or BikePalatine.com.

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