Since I have become President of Capital City Cyclists I have had the opportunity to be part of many conversations with regard to bicycles. It has been a wonderful experience to reconnect with old friends and to get to know many more fellow bicycle enthusiast – all with different backgrounds and perspectives on what it means to be a “cyclists.” It is from this perspective, as well as my own experiences on bicycles, that I write this months presidents paceline…
Bicycles are amazing inventions! They are legal vehicles on our roadways zooming along at 20+ mph; they are off-road vehicles that can take you over mountains; they are “pedestrians” taking a leisurely stroll on the sidewalk up to the corner store; and they are “toys” that my 2 1/2 year old son rides circles on in the kitchen. What other apparatus crosses such boundaries?!?! Perhaps it is an “odd” perspective unique to me, but this adaptability is one of the things that makes bicycles so amazing.
With this mindset lets look at bicycle commuting – it’s a common debate if cyclists should use the road or sidewalk… I would suggest both and that cycling on the road or the sidewalk is akin to learning to drive a car. We would not encourage someone to jump in a car and make a left turn across 6 lanes of traffic without completing the necessary requirements to get there (i.e. over 16, pass a driving test, and have some experience). Sidewalks are a good option for younger or less “experienced” cyclists as they use them as pedestrians at a relatively slow speed. Before jumping on the street a cyclists should learn rules of the road and master basic skills to gain a level of confidence in their riding ability. This will then allow them to focus on the environment and become aware of their surroundings to a point they can ride safely on the road. Once a cyclist is “comfortable” and has gained some “experience” we want to make sure there are efficient facilities for bicycles to get to work, the store, and back home again as a vehicle on the road.
One of my goals for Capital City Cyclists over the next few years is to support and encourage ALL forms of bicycling. The challenge is to figure out how to be appealing to the context and use for one particular cyclists while still appealing to the context and use for other cyclists… As a start perhaps we should categorize the various “contexts” or “uses” for bicycles (e.g. vehicles on the road, pedestrians on the sidewalk, MTBs riding between trails, “toys” ridden by children). From these various perspectives I bet we can find “best practices” for each that we can all agree on and then overlay them on a continuum based on level of “experience” and “comfort” that ends with bicycles as vehicles on the road…
Who is willing and can help us come up with this language and materials for the benefit of ALL bicycles – from our road warriors to our kitchen warriors 😉 As a shameless plug join the club and help us craft this solution!
President Capital City Cyclists
Currently about 1.6% of federal transportation dollars is spent on pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure projects ($2.16 per capita/year), even though walking and bicycling make up about 11% of our trips nationwide. Most of these projects are funded through the Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School programs, which are part of the current 5-year transportation bill. This bill has been extended for several years, as lawmakers have a hard time agreeing on a new bill. This year the House GOP finally drafted a new transportation bill (HB-7), but one that does kill both the transportation enhancements and the safe routes to school programs. A more complete list of reasons why this proposed bill is bad for cyclists can be found here.
photo is by Frank Chan from San Francisco, CA and is curtesy of the Alliance Photo Library
In our state bike and pedestrian fatalities make up about 20% of total traffic fatalities, and programs like Safe Routes to School are sorely needed. No wonder that organizations like the League of American Bicyclists, Rails-To-Trails, Bikes Belong, America Bikes, and the Alliance for Biking and Walking have asked their members to contact their representatives to protest against this proposed bill. It certainly looks like these calls have helped, as the proposed bill has been abandoned because of lack of support within the GOP. However, this week the GOP is working hard on a new version which will probably be a 1.5-2 year bill, and which will likely restore funding for transit, but not for biking and pedestrians. Bicycling organizations are pushing hard to win votes for the bi-partisan Petri amendment, which aims to partially restore funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects. It is not clear whether the House will vote on the new bill before the extension of the new bill runs out the end of March.
In the Senate things are moving along a little faster, but the situation is not a lot better. Instead of federally mandated funding for bike/ped projects, it is left to the states how they want to spend the funds. Here bicycle organizations are strongly fighting for support of the Cardin Cochran amendment, which will shift spending priorities from the state level to the local MPOs. Local organizations (like our CRTPA) tend to support bicycle-pedestrian projects to a much higher degree than the state.
Of course the main reason for the problems is due to the fact that gas taxes have not been raised for years, and they now make up only 2/3 of the proposed federal transportation spending. It seems, however, that nobody has the political courage to raise gas taxes at the moment. If only 10% of the non gas tax dollars would be spend on bike/ped projects we would do well. And of course, you don’t have to be a cyclists to want to spend on bicycle infrastructure. Bike/ped projects create 1.5-2 times more jobs per dollar than road projects, and the benefits in terms of reduced health care costs, reduced air pollution, increased real estate values provide a return of about $3 per for each $1 spend on bike/ped infrastructure projects.
So what can you do? The most urgent thing is to ask senators Bill Nelson and especially Marco Rubio to support the Cardin-Cochran amendment. An easy way to do this is via the America Bikes website. In the House the situation is less clear, but check back here for updates as the new draft bill becomes available.
Kidical Mass Ride
Sunday, March 4, 2012
in Piney Z
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Meet at the playground of Lafayette Heritage Trail Park
2pm – come pump up your tires, adjust your helmet and ride the BMX track
3pm – Kidical Mass ride begins
We will do a short loop in the neighborhood (0.7 miles) and then go for another loop on some fun and easy trails in the woods.
For the ride, children can ride their own bikes or ride along in trailers, trail-a-bikes, or in bike seats. Bikes with training wheels, tricycles and balance bikes can be brought along for children while at the park, but are not recommended for the group ride for safety reasons.
A few rules:
- All bicycle riders or passengers under 16 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet.
- Follow all traffic laws.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult. Parents are responsible for the safety + behavior of their kids.
- No one should pass the group leader. A group sweeper will make sure that no one gets left behind.
For more information about Kidical Mass: http://www.kidicalmass.org/
For more information about this ride or if you would like to volunteer as an extra adult rider please contact Marie-Claire Leman: firstname.lastname@example.org
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BLUE LINE 100
MARCH 24, 2012 at 8:00am in MICCOSUKEE, FLORIDA
The Annual Blue Line 100 will take place on March 24th , 2012 at 8:00am. There will be a 100 mile Road Loop route and a Metric 100 (68 miles) road loop route. There will also be a 50 mile off road (mountain bike) ride through the beautiful hills around Miccosukee. Riders will leave from the Miccosukee Community Center at 8am and ride across the rolling hills into beautiful south Georgia. Then the route winds back south and ends at the Miccosukee Community Center where riders can enjoy a post-ride dinner and complimentary “smoothies.” The ride is fully supported with periodic food stops.
You may register on-line at active.com. Registration is only $30.00. Walk up registration on the day of the event will be available with a $5 late charge.
This ride is being sponsored by Team Tallahassee of The Police Unity Tour. Each year over 1200 Law Enforcement Officers cycle from Virginia Beach to Washington DC to raise awareness of Officers killed in the line of duty. To participate in this ride to the nation’s capital, each police officer must raise $1800. The proceeds of this local ride will raise funds needed to help send local officers that represent our state capital. To learn more about this effort, visit http://policeunitytour.com/.
For updates on the ride, please visit: http://www.olpbc.com/bluelineheroes.org/
Ride packets can be picked up at Higher Ground Bicycle Shop at 3185 Capital Circle NE, Tallahassee, Florida on Friday, March 23rd, from 10-6. You may also register at this time. On Saturday packets may be picked up at the start of the ride.
The Miccosukee Community Center is located at 13887 Moccasin Gap Road, Miccosukee, Florida .
- Homewood Suites, 2987 Apalachee Parkway, 850-402-9400.
- Hampton Inn, 2979 Apalachee Parkway, 850-309-1300.
- Cabot Lodge – North, off I-10, 2735 N Monroe St, 1-800-223-1964
- Ramada Conference Center, off I-10, 2900 North Monroe St
- Doubletree Hotel Tallahassee (Downtown Tallahassee)
101 S. Adams Street, 850-521-6006/800-222-8733
- Courtyard by Marriot, Tallahassee Capital
1018 Apalachee Parkway, 850-222-8822/800-321-2211
- Comfort Suites
1026 Apalachee Parkway, 850-224-3200
- Howard Johnson Express Inn
2726 North Monroe Street (I-10, exit 199)
- Staybridge Suites
1600 Summit Lake Drive, 850-219-7000
- Courtyard by Marriott, Tallahassee North
1972 Raymond Diehl Road, 850-422-1058
- Super-8 Motel
2801 North Monroe Street, 850-386-8286
- Wingate by Wyndham
2516 West Lakeshore Drive, 850-553-4400
- TownePlace Suites
1876 Capital Circle, 850-422-1058
All menus are designed to meet most vegetarian and non-vegetarian needs and are prepared with nutrition in mind. The BlueLine 100 is a bargain. Children under 7 may ride free with a participating adult. Meals include:
- Ride Snack Stops
- Post-ride meal
- Helmets are required.
- Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult cyclist at all times and have a liability form signed by a parent or guardian. The minor must be within sight of the parent or guardian at all times during the ride.
- Refunds for 90% of the registration fee until March 21st. No refunds will be considered afer that date. The event will take place rain or shine.
- For More information please email Dave Ferrell at email@example.com.
A report of the 2011 Tour de Springs curtesy of the Tours Des Vagabonds
By Chris Balding
Several members of the North Florida Bicycle Club (NFBC) participated in the 2011 Florida Springs Bicycle Tour (a.k.a. the Tour de Springs) which took place March 20th through March 26th. This years’ tour was organized by NFBC member Jerry Potts. New to the Tour de Springs for 2011 was the addition of a SAG (support and gear) vehicle, generously provided by NFBC member Paul Sheffey. Joining the NFBC members was Chris Balding, of Tallahassee, who became interested in making the trip after reading about previous years’ tours via the internet.
The Tour de Springs is a large loop ride which began and concluded at the Cecil Commerce Center. Each night was spent tent camping in a Florida state park where the participants enjoyed creature comforts such as restrooms with hot showers and campsites with electric outlets and drinking water. The parks also provide participants with natural amenities such as picturesque ravines, nature walks, historic artifacts, waterfront campsites and an occasional swim in one of north Florida’s many natural springs.
The route takes riders through areas lined with beautiful horse farms, rich agricultural lands and natural treasures such as the Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers as well as the many public and privately-operated springs of north Florida.
Points of interest along the route included the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center, the Olustee Civil War battlefield and the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. Campsites along the route included: Ocean Pond, Suwannee Valley Campground, O’Leno State Park, Manatee Springs State Park, Paynes Prairie State Preserve and Gold Head Branch State Park.
The weather for this year’s tour was ideal with temperatures ranging from the mid-fifties at night to the mid-to-upper-eighties during the day. Clear skies never threatened a drop of rain at any time.
Evening campsite conversations were lively as everyone compared notes and swapped stories of the day’s ride. Jerry Potts brought along his Dutch ovens and prepared dinner for the entire group on two occasions. Jerry’s menu included chicken breast with vegetables and Biker’s Chili with andouille sausage. Jerry even included desserts of cherry crisp and a pineapple upside-down cake; all cooked in his Dutch ovens. When Jerry wasn’t cooking, the group enjoyed some great Mexican food in Chiefland and some smoky BBQ from Keystone Heights. Other nights found the riders eating meals brought from home and prepared in camp. Great food and camaraderie in the evenings helped to soothe road-weary parts and rejuvenate the spirit for the next day’s adventure.
The Tour de Springs is about beautiful scenery, friendship and the creation of memories that will last a lifetime. Whether this is your first tour or one of many, the Tour de Springs offers an exciting way to see the natural beauty of north Florida.
I owe a lot to cycling: my first job was at a local bicycle shop; MTB racing taught me discipline and hard work; exploring off-road trails has brought me lifelong friendships; commuting and road riding has provided me a healthy lifestyle; and now riding with my three boys brings my family together. Cycling has greatly benefited my life and I am honored to have been elected to take a turn at the front of the paceline and give back to the culture, the community, and the machine that has been there for me over the last two decades.
Tallahassee has an amazingly rich cycling community! For example: we have one of the best off-road trail systems in the nation; we have beautiful canopy roads that are a joy to ride; we have a largely unknown racing heritage (From the days of 10 speed drive and Team Jamis to Team Type1 today); and we have a city/county planning department that appreciates cyclists. Are we the perfect bike city – of course not… But, we are one of the great places to live if you love to ride!
So what are my goals for the club? Well, simply put I want to see Capital City Cyclists as an organization that says “Let us help you find your place in Tallahassee’s cycling community”. I want to grow our already deep roots stronger while we branch out to expand. In other words I think it is important to pay tribute to our heritage while introducing cycling to a new generation. It has been my experience that goals are only met when you have specific tasks; so for 2012 I think we can complete the following:
- Introduce a new website as a “fresh face” for the club – A big thanks to Marv for sharing his knowledge and I hope you like the new look.
- 501(c)3 status to position the club to better receive charitable donations and/or grants.
- Complete a successful TOSRV 2012 with 250 riders and begin TOSRV 2013 prep by 3rd quarter this year.
- Increase membership to over 400 members by using an easy-to-complete on-line registration process and a focused recruitment effort.
- Closer integration with Bicycle Tallahassee as the Capital City Cyclists Kids on Bikes Elementary Education program.
- Stronger relationships with our fellow community cycling clubs including Tallahassee Mountain Bike Association (TMBA), Gulf Coast Velo, FSU Cycling, and GulfWinds Triathletes.
- Continuing to foster a strong bicycle advocacy committee that works with city/county planners with a focus on: 1) commuting bike routes, 2)bicycle/car education, and 3)a PR campaign through blogging/social media and articles in the newspaper to show bicycling as a positive everyday activity.
- A successful Spaghetti 100 by having 350 riders and obtaining corporate sponsers through promoting the success of the Kids on Bikes program.
- Show, anyone willing to listen, how FUN it is to ride a bicycle!
I also wanted to thank all the individuals that have done so much over the years to improve cycling in our community. Without their hard work and dedication we would not have the wonderful cycling community we all enjoy!
Please reach out and share your ideas on what’s good, what’s bad, and how we can continue to have fun on bicycles!
Capital City Cyclists President 2012
The Foundation for Leon County Schools invites you to their annual Schools Stomping Out Type-2 Diabetes event to be held at Tom Brown Park on Saturday, February 25, 2012. They will have 1mi/5K runs, mountain bike races, and other fun-filled activities.
5k Run – 8:30 am
Bike Races – 9:00 am
Celebrity Activity Centers – 9:00 am – Noon
Family Fun 1 Mile Walk – 10:00 am
Fishing Derby – 10:30 am
Free Health Information!
Fun for the whole family!
Come to the park for an exciting morning of fun, entertainment and activities including:
- LCS faculty kickball tournament
- Celebrity coaches and athletes from FSU and FAMU
- Musicians and dance teams
- Fun fitness & health education activities provided by Premier Health & Fitness Center, Tallahassee Memorial
- HealthCare and Community Partners
- Fire Fighters Awareness Center
- Lunch provided by Tropical Smoothie for registered participants at 11 am.
Sign up early at your public school to help your school win the Stomp School Participation Award. Help create community awareness, raise funds to support wellness programs in public schools, and STOMP OUT TYPE 2 DIABETES!
Visit http://www.foundationforlcs.com/stompingout.html for additional details.
As I was working on the new club website for Capital City Cyclists, I came across the clubs article archives. I soon found myself totally immersed and was meandering through the many wonderful snippets of cycling history from Tallahassee over the last 30 years! I would encourage you to peruse the Article Archive for yourself. I would like to share one of my personal favorites – the first 15 years of the club…
Capital City Cyclists President 2012
A look in the helmet mirror
by Robbie Brunger, June 1, 1997
Capital City Cyclists is 15 years old this fall – an appropriate time to compile as complete a listas possible of all of the people who have volunteered to come forth and serve the cause of promoting bicycling in Tallahassee over the past 15 years. Thus, without further ado, is the roster of our very own heroes!
TOSRV (the tour of the Suwannee River Valley) began with 62 riders, with MarthaCunningham‘s potato salad singled out as a highlight. Sixty bicyclists appeared at City Hall in favor of bike lanes on Miccosukee Road, and Robert Craig, Dan Burden, andRobbie Brunger spoke to the motion, but in vain; the City Commission defeated it on a 3-2 vote. Sunday rides began at City Hall, John Elder organized time trials on SpringhillRoad, pictures of bicycling vacations were prominent features of Club social meetings, andsomeone even arranged to hold a bicyclists’ garage sale!
Robert Craig, President; Lys Burden, Vice President; Doug Lee, Secretary; Thaxton Springfield, Treasurer; John Robertson, Ride Coordinator;and Doug Lee, Newsletter Editor.
John Elder argues in the newsletter how we ought to do more to encourage young riders. The Uptown Cafe opens and soon becomes the venue of choice for several years worth of Club social meetings; at one of these a local racing enthusiast will demonstrate how to ride the rollers TOSRV now has 101 riders, and the Capital City Century held in the fall (also called the Huff and Puff ) had 31 participants, one of whom suggested that when held again, it should not have any headwinds.
Quentin Collins, President; Bill Armstrong, Vice President; LizGordon, Secretary; John Elder, Treasurer; John Robertson, Ride Coordinator; and Doug Lee, Newsletter Editor.
Kathy Blaha reports of some interest in converting the almost-forgotten former St. Marks Railroad into a trail that would be suitable for bicycle riding. TOSRV South (now called the Tour of Springtime Rural Vistas) has 166 riders and goes to Albany, Georgia. On September 16, Club member Greg Hunter is killed by a drunken driver while on a Club ride. The Cyclist first appears with colored paper. The City Commission almost succeeds in scrapping the city bikeway program, but it gets a last minute reprieve. The new fall ride, Spaghetti 100, is organized by Greg Wilson, who reports that 35 people rode, and had a few more eaten dinner, we’d have broken even.
Bill Armstrong, President; Mary Sprinkles, Vice President; MarsyMiller, Secretary; John Elder, Treasurer; John Robertson, Ride Coordinator; and Doug Lee, newsletter editor.
The Greg Hunter Biathlon begins its brief, but very interesting, life as a regular item on the Club’s calendar of regularly scheduled events, but the Spaghetti 100 apparently has a year off. [RB.: I have virtually no other news for this year of the Club’s past. If you have some old newsletters tucked away somewhere, this would be a good time to come forth with them!]
John Elder, President; Robert Seidler, Vice President; Jerry Herting, Secretary; Greg Wilson and Ken Schilling, Treasurer; JohnRobertson, Ride Coordinator; Doug Lee, Newsletter Editor.
The city and county commissions actively consider proposals to ban bicyclists from riding on anyof the canopy roads. Club President Larry Workman becomes the first Club member to climb Mt. Mitchell. Several developmental meetings are held as the St. Marks Trail begins to take shape in people’s minds. The Club develops and distributes an informational brochure.
Larry Workman, President; Marcus Busted and Jenny Vedros, Vice President; Jerry Herting, Secretary; Bonnie Draper, Treasurer; Greg Wilson, Ride Coordinator; Jay Sherwin, Newsletter Editor, with Doug Lee doing the layout; Bill Hudgens, Membership Chair.
Kathy Blaha begins her long tenure as newsletter editor, with Doug Lee continuing to do the newsletter layout. (She also does double duty as Club President, an unprecedented feat not likely to happen again!) Jim Mann rides his first TOSRV Southand finds it quite an experience. The summer picnic at Wakulla Springs and the Christmas Partyboth make their debut this year, thus further heightening the already considerable social ambience of the Club.
Kathy Blaha, President; Amy Seidler, Vice President; Marc Saiz, Secretary; Bonnie Draper, Treasurer; ??, Ride Coordinator; Kathy Blaha, Newsletter Editor, with Doug Lee doing the layout; Bill Hudgens, Membership Chair.
Julia Winter makes her first appearance as director of TOSRV South, with ridership over 300 now. A typical newsletter of this era is four pages long, and the Bike Shorts column makes its debut. The city of Tallahassee hires a bicycle coordinator. There is much discussion about why the Sunday rides are so successful, but no one wants to ride on Saturday. On November 12, the St. Marks Trail officially opens, but in the weeks preceding it occur the first prototypical Friday night trail rides. Spaghetti 100 has 80 riders heading north from the Unitarian Universalist Church into deeply threatening and stormy skies; some riders still living recall that ride as the definitive Tram Road headwind.
Bill Hudgens, President; Amy Seidler, Vice President; Marc Saiz, Secretary; Doug Lee, Treasurer; ??, Ride Coordinator; Kathy Blaha, Newsletter Editor, with Doug Lee doing the layout; Bill Hudgens, Membership Chair.
The first off-road rides are held under Club sponsorship, and NORBA has a high profile race atwhat comes to be known as the Red Bug Trail, for reasons that some people become intimatelyfamiliar with. The Saturday morning Food Lion rides begin and, unlike all other attempts to getriders going on Saturday, it is a big success, although it is quickly dominated by A group types. The Club social in March (at the ever-popular Uptown Cafe!) features a video of the Assault onMt. Mitchell and a pep talk by Dan Lopez, which has the galvanizing effect of prompting 10 Club riders to take it on as a challenge. The Cyclist is taking on a noticeably literary quality.
Amy Seidler, President; Dan Lopez, Vice President; Kathy Blaha, Secretary; Doug Lee, Treasurer; ??, Ride Coordinator; Kathy Blaha, Newsletter Editor, with Doug Lee doing the layout; Bill Hudgens, Membership Chair.
With the city and county appointment of the Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Council, The Cyclist asks rhetorically, Can this be the same city, which less than five years ago refused to put bikelanes on city streets because they would remove parking opportunities?
Meanwhile, however, Mike Eakin writes, I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that it is no longer sensible to train on some of our beautiful canopy roads. Club rides still use them, though, and all rides still meet at City Hall. There’s an exception: a growing number of rides are now starting at the St. Marks Trail Head, and several Club members (Linda Vaughn, Charlie Hofacker, Tony Johns, and Sara Brunger ) use the Friday night trail rides as the basis for training for their first century at Spaghetti 100. The ride category system begins, Old Plank Road is now paved, and the Fat of the Land off-road bicycling club has a few brief splendid months of life.
Dan Lopez, President; Jim Mann, Vice President; Deborah Hodges, Secretary; Doug Lee, Treasurer; Lee Berger, Ride Coordinator; Kathy Blaha, Newsletter Editor, with Doug Lee doing the layout; Amy Seidler, Membership Chair.
The Snails make their first appearance at the Food Lion, and the Hot Line (847-8433) makes itsdebut. TOSRV South turns 10, with Amy Seidler directing it one last time. The Club donates $1,000 worth of bicycling books and videotapes to the Leon County Public Library. Greg Wilson is appointed as bicycle coordinator for the city of Tallahassee. No less than 13 Tallahasseeans goto Iowa to do RAGBRAI (but no one seems to do BRAG in those days, which is practically nextdoor). Doug Lee, truly an Ironman quality hero of labor for the Club (founding member, 10-year veteran of the newsletter, and treasurer for four years, not to mention ride leader for uncountable numbers of rides), departs Tallahassee at year’s end, but not before being decently roasted at a post-ride breakfast in his honor in the town of St. Marks.
Jim Mann, President; Donna Adams, Vice President; Karen Girard, Secretary; Doug Lee, Treasurer; Lee Berger, Ride Coordinator; Kathy Blaha, Newsletter Editor, with Doug Lee doing the layout; Amy Seidler, Membership Chair.
Dues rise for the first time since the Club’s founding, from $8 to $12 for single membership, andthe Club budget is now $3,500. We become a USCF affiliate and solidify our ride categories,while the ride list grows to several pages in length. The Munson Hills Off-Road Trail becomesvery popular very quickly, and becomes a model of how to do such things that is later applicableto the Red Bug Trail. A commuting survey (the most ambitious newsletter project of all time)concludes that slightly over one-fourth of Club members sometimes ride their bikes to work, andthat a lack of showers at the workplace is more of a factor than are traffic or road conditions in keeping people from riding to work more often. On a 38 degree morning, 26 people show up foran off-road ride. Tallahassee gets bike cops, and there is talk of a Club bumper sticker beingavailable soon The first pick the winner of the Tour de France contest is won in a flourish by John Flynn, who correctly picks first, second, and third places! The Food Lion ride has 62 riders in early August, Scafidi’s Restaurant begins to eclipse La Fiesta as the place to go after the Friday Night Trail Ride, and the Bastille Day Ride and the Winter Solstice Century make their respectively quirky debuts on the local cycling scene. Kathy Blaha, the woman most responsible for the St. Marks Trail, five-year veteran as newsletter editor, and former president and secretary, leaves Tallahassee.
Jim Mann, President; Nancy Simmons, Vice President; K. C. Laiche, Secretary; Dennis Wirth, Treasurer; Tripp Andersen, Ride Coordinator; Robbie Brunger, Newsletter Editor, with Lisa Harris doing the layout; Charlie Hofacker, Membership Chair.
The Club plays a pivotal role in creating and developing the Red Bug Trail, while planning beginson the Goose Pond Trail, and discussions begin on an even more speculative venture, the Carrabelle Trail. The Board talks a great deal about liability, but it also gives away $2,500 insupport of the bicycling education program in the Leon County schools. An article by E. M.Forster on bicycling appears in The Cyclist, the first of an occasional series of short pieces bygreat writers. Ken Schilling becomes the grand anjandrum of trash, supervising the Roberts Road cleanup. Membership peaks at 327, and we appoint our first off-road ride coordinator, Ken Foster . The Riders of the Future article in the November-December issue of The Cyclist is subsequently copied by three other bike club newsletters in Florida and nationally by Adventure Cycling. At least 15 Club members attend the Rails to Trails Conference in Dunedin. At the Christmas Party, the previous year’s resolutions were unexpectedly unearthed and read, prompting a certain amount of merriment and embarrassment.
Tripp Andersen, President; Lesa Dixon, Vice President; DickRogers, Secretary; Dennis Wirth, Treasurer; Elwood McElhaney, RoadRide Coordinator; Ken Foster, Off-road Ride Coordinator; Robbie Brunger, Newsletter Editor, with Lisa Harris doing the layout; Charlie Hofacker,Membership Chair.
B-BoPP begins to promote bicycle commuting (and other alternatives to the single-occupancyvehicle), the Red Bug Trail opens, and TOSRV South offers a metric alternative that is very wellreceived. The Cyclist runs its first article on bicycling and the internet and now offers information on the hours of sunrise and sunset. John Birch carves a wooden Trail Head for the St. Marks Trail and also fixes childrens’ bikes in his spare time. Chez Pierre sponsors a Bastille Day bike race downtown, with some Club member articipation. Brenda Locke is killed in an in-town collision with a car. The Club picnic is canceled because of tropical storm flooding of Wakulla Springs. There are almost one-third as many riders from Tallahassee doing the Six Gap Century as the Spaghetti 100 (32 compared with 98).
Tripp Andersen, President; Christine McDannell, Vice President; Dick Rogers, Secretary; Elwood McElhaney, Treasurer; Trish Rogers, Road Ride Coordinator; Jack Shank, Off-road Ride Coordinator; Robbie Brunger, Newsletter Editor, with Lisa Harris doing the layout; Lisa Harris and Jane Ann Mann, Membership Co-chairs.
TOSRV South has a new starting point, in Quincy; statistics show that TOSRV South brochuresgo to Tallahassee area folks (29%), elsewhere in Florida (37%), Georgia (24%), Alabama (2%),and elsewhere (8%). Mary Knight emerges as a true leader of snails, Neil Dimicali (and other Club members) appear regularly in a column in the Tallahassee Democrat, and Van Freed does an organized bike ride through Viet Nam. Club business cards make their debut, and the newsletter ad schedule is overhauled (from $40 for a full page to $9 for a business card ad). The Carrabelle Trail encounters stiff opposition, particularly in Wakulla County. At the September social at Shoney’s, 26 people watch with fascination as Ken Schilling shows us new tricks in changing tires. The Club withdraws its sponsorship of the Food Lion ride because it is too unsafe. Spaghetti 100 has 170 riders, including several doing the new easy rider 30 mile option.
Jim Mann, President; Dick Rogers, Vice President; Larry Pushor, Secretary; Elwood McElhaney, Treasurer; Trish Rogers, Road Ride Coordinator; Linc Clay, Off-road Ride Coordinator; Robbie Brunger, Newsletter Editor, with Lisa Harris doing the layout; Lisa Harris and Jane Ann Mann, Membership Co-chairs.
On its 15th anniversary year, TOSRV South has 413 riders, magnificent weather, and a new shortcourse option. The Carrabelle Trail controversy heightens, while planning for the Goose Pond Trail continues, and a Miccosukee Canopy Road Greenway is under development. A task force prompts Club donations totaling $5,000 to the Leon County schools bicycle education program, and other worthy bicycle-related community projects. The Florida Legislature passes a mandatory helmet law for children under the age of 16. At least 14 Tallahasseeans do the Bike Ride Across Georgia (BRAG), and Dave Stotts proselytizes Mormons with bicycling literature. After being a staple item on the Club’s agenda since at least 1989, Larry Pushor just does it, and voila!: the Bylaws are finally made appropriately modern.
Larry Pushor, President; Neil Dimacali, Vice President; Amy Mann, Secretary; Elwood McElhaney, Treasurer; Trish Rogers, Road Ride Coordinator; Cindy Irvin and Tripp Andersen, Off-road Coordinator; Robbie Brunger, Newsletter Editor, with Lisa Harris doing the ayout; Lisa Harris and Jane Ann Mann, Membership Co-Chairs.
This morning four of us made the first Meals on 2 Wheels delivery by bicycle.