The downstream side walkway of the Arsenal Bridge will be closed until mid August to allow contractors to replace the metal grating. Closure is required because the difference in height between the new and old would create a tripping hazard. Both elevations of the swing span walkway grating will be replaced otherwise the upstream side will remain open for bicycle and foot traffic.

Chuck Oestreich
VILLAGE OF EAST DAVENPORT, Iowa, March 8, 2017 - The Quad Cities Criterium, an annual Memorial Day weekend tradition run by the Quad Cities Bicycle Club, will be known as the Kwik Star Criterium this year as Kwik Trip, Inc. has signed on as title sponsor.

"Kwik Star is proud to be involved with the Quad Cities Criterium. The race has a great history and long tradition so we are grateful for the opportunity to help support an event which benefits the Quad Cities and our surrounding communities," said Carl Rick, Public Relations Specialist and Third Generation Owner of Kwik Trip, Inc.

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"We are excited to have Kwik Star become the title sponsor of the Quad Cities Criterium, a staple of Midwest bike racing for many years," said Quad Cities Bicycle Club member John Harrington. "While our race draws racers from all over the country, the core of our ridership and spectators are from Iowa and the surrounding states."

The Quad Cities Criterium was first run as the Moline Criterium in 1965 and has evolved over the years, eventually landing on Memorial Day in 1975. Since then it has joined with other area races to form the Memorial Day Bike Race Weekend series.

In 2014 the race moved to its current location in the Village of East Davenport and features a challenging hilly circuit. New for 2017, all of the weekend races are part of the Midwest Flyover Series, which consists of bike races in Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri and Minnesota, and features overall prize purses for each category.

About Kwik Trip, Inc.

Kwik Trip, Inc. operates its Iowa stores under the Kwik Star banner and is one of the largest independently held convenience store chains in the United States, with more than 550 Kwik Trip and Kwik Star stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa and employs over 18,000 people. In 2016, Kwik Star was ranked #1 on the Des Moines RegisterŐs Top Work Places list by its 1700 co-workers in Iowa. They currently operate six Kwik Stars and one Kwik Star Express in the Quad Cities area.

For More Information:

John Harrington
Quad Cities Bicycle Club

Carl Rick
Kwik Trip, Inc.
Would you like to learn CPR or refresh your skills? You never know when the knowledge you have may be needed to save the life of another. Will you be ready when your child, spouse, parent or friend needs someone to provide CPR?

Classroom Training

Genesis - Genesis provides CPR training at least monthly at various locations around the Quad Cities. Minimum cost is $30 without book. Classes are from 5-7 pm with a follow on class of First Aid from 7-10 pm. Class registration is conducted on line.

United Point Health - Trinity does CPR/AED training monthly also. Cost is $50. Which includes the AED training. Classes are conducted at the Jardine Center in Rock Island from 8-10 am. Class registration is conducted on line.

Henry County Health Department - conducts a class on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Health Department building in Kewanee. Cost for March & April class- $35, The cost goes to $45 in May. Classes are from 4:30-7:30. Class size is limited. Call 309-852-0197 ext. 222 to register.

Black Hawk College - American Heart Association CPR classes are offered at various times from March through May 5th. Cost is $55. Register at http://www.

Online Classes

American Red Cross - offers on line classes for $25.00 Register for classes at

American CPR Care Assoc - offers on line classes for $19.99 or less. Register for classes at

American Healthcare Academy - offers on line classes for $19.99. Register for class at

There are many options available to learn a skill that can save a life. Now it's up to you to step up and get the training.
After reviewing the survey results and comments your board has broken down the results into six areas which are:
  • Advocacy: safety - legislative - intermodal/trails - Cycling Promotion
  • Communications: Information delivery - Information Presentation - Content - Marketing
  • Membership: Recruitment - New Member Welcoming - Volunteerism
  • Cycling Events: Ride Speed - Start Times - Ride Locations - Ride Distances -Theme/Purposes
  • Education: Bike Maintenance - Nutrition - Coaching/Workshops
  • Social: New Socials -Annual Banquet - Spring/Fall Picnics - Semi-Annual Club Meeting
After much discussion at the February board meeting it was decided to "tackle" Cycling Events and Communications. Two work groups were formed to dig further into how improvements could be made. The charge was for the workgroups is to return to the March board meeting with an initial plan.

More information to follow in the coming weeks, but here are the survey results for those interested.

Questions regarding the survey can be directed to Dave Ring
3rd Annual
QCBC Spring into Bicycling Open House
Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Freight House Lower reception area
between Fresh Deli & Front Street Brewery
400 W. Beiderbeck Dr., Davenport, Iowa

Come join us and learn how the Quad Cities Bicycle Club (QCBC) can help you SPRING into bicycling!
Learn about the various rides that we offer and talk to the individuals who organize them:
  • Leisure Rides
  • Women's Rides
  • Mid-paced Rides
  • RAGBRAI Training Rides
  • Learn more about RAGBRAI and QCBC's charter service
  • Time Trials
  • Criterium
  • Always wanted to start commuting to work but just not sure how to get it in "gear"? Check out the QC Metro Map and talk to other cycling commuters to get help on planning your own route and learn how to handle the logistics.
  • View displays highlighting the rich QCBC history.
Location for this event is easily accessible for all by bicycle. Ride on down, visit the indoor Farmers Market, purchase some lunch, and enjoy the river view

Learn about our Bike Month (May) and Bike to Work Week (May 15-19) activities.

Provide input for bicycle infrastructure in the QC...What does your city need to make it more bicycle friendly?

Participate in bike maintenance demonstrations. Here are some selections:
  • Changing a flat tire
  • Bike safety check
  • Bring your own bike and get some individual advice
Come and just spend some time talking about bicycling, share stories, see how you and your family can get involved, and give us ideas on how to make the QCBC work for you!

For more information contact Deb and Dean "Bareback" Mathias at or by phone at Dean's cell: 309-737-8429.
Come join us for the Spring Tailwind Ride and start your 2017 by riding a Century.

It will be held Saturday, May 6th. Registration for this ride will be open from April 3rd through April 30th through Get Me Registered. The entry fee is $35.

Consider the following scenarios:
  • Have you ever been struck by a motor vehicle while cycling?
  • Had a motor vehicle pass uncomfortably close to you on the road?
  • Been endangered by a distracted or inattentive driver?
  • Encountered an angry or aggressive driver?
  • Ever had a F-150 initiate a game of "chicken" with you?
  • Do you ride with a camera(s) to capture dangerous encounters?
The editors of Bicycling Magazine are working on a story for an upcoming issue that addresses how safe cyclists feel when riding outside on the road.

Please take a few moments to share your experiences and concerns with them.
Your input is highly valued and will be much appreciated.

Tom Donahoe
Quad Cities Bicycle Club
Advocacy Team

Spring Tailwind will be held Saturday, May 6th. Come join the fun. Online registration will be open from April 3rd to April 30th.

QCBC Club Spring Picnic will be held Sunday, May 7th. Before the picnic enjoy a ride with friends and meet new ones.

More info to come on both events.
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