Last leg of a five-day bike trip stops in Normal

By WEEK Producer

June 1, 2014 Updated Jun 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- Dozens of bikers stopped in the Twin Cities this morning for the last leg of their cross-state journey.

Twenty riders with the organization, People for Bikes, took off at Normal's Uptown Station.

It's part of a five-day trip from Kansas City to Chicago.

The group will ride more than 100 miles each day.

Organizers say the purpose is to raise awareness for bicycling and safer places to ride.

"You will have a long road where there is not any place to cross if you are walking, and there is also not a place to ride along it if you are on a bike," said Ride on Chicago founder Tim Johnson. "This is not necessarily changing the world, it's about making it easier for people to actually ride safer."

The organization expects to exceed their fund-raising goal of $100,000.

The money will establish grants for communities to build bike infrastructures.

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