Tallahassee is Getting a “Bike Box”

October 25, 2012

CONTACT:  Megan Doherty, Transportation Planning, 891-6400; or Misi Tuttle, Communications Department, 891-8533

Bike Box: Get Behind It

New Traffic Control Measure Aims to Protect Cyclists
Next week, the City of Tallahassee will install a new cyclist friendly traffic control measure on Call Street at the intersection of Call Street and Stadium Drive. Bike boxes will be installed at both the eastbound and westbound approaches.

The goal of a Bike Box is to create a safe location for cyclists on the road at intersections in an effort to prevent bike and car collisions. The life-saving benefits of awareness and safety for cyclists in our community is the driving force behind this project.

“Tallahassee is the first city in the Panhandle and one of the first cities in the state of Florida to install bike boxes,” said City Commissioner Mark Mustian, lead commissioner on cycling issues and co-creator of the new joint City-County Bicycling Workgroup. “As a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community, we continually strive to make our roads safer and our city more cyclist friendly. Both motorists and cyclists need to be aware of one another and share the road in a safe, responsible manner.”

The Bike Box is highly visible when installed. It consists of a green area with a white bicycle symbol inside placed between the white stop bar and the pedestrian crosswalk. Additionally, a portion of the existing bike lane leading up to the intersection is painted green with white bicycle symbols to indicate to motorists they are approaching an intersection with a Bike Box.

Bike boxes are easy to use for both cyclists and motorists. You can learn how quickly and easily by watching the City’s How Do I? video online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeLhfd15zhw. Whether you’re in a car or on a bike, we all have a responsibility to share the road.

Don’t have time to watch the video? Here’s the even shorter version:

  • If you are driving and come to an intersection with a Bike Box, all you need to do is stop behind the white line and be aware of any cyclists on the road. You cannot turn right on red at an intersection with a Bike Box, unless there is a designated right turn lane.
  • If you are riding, where you stop depends on which direction you wish to travel. For straight through travel or right turns, you can stay in the right side of the box or in the bike lane. For left turns, you move into the left side of the Bike Box in front of the left turn lane. Be sure to use proper hand signals to let motorists know where you are heading.


Statistical data from progressive, cycling friendly communities, like Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas, show that bike boxes reduce the number of collisions between motorists turning right and cyclists going straight or turning right, better known as “right hook” collisions.


The Bike Box concept was introduced and supported by the cycling community during community meetings regarding Moving Tallahassee: Cars Optional plan, which was discussed with the community during the past year. The city plans to work with the cycling community to potentially identify other intersections for future locations of bike boxes.

The Bike Box will be installed overnight from Monday, October 29, to Tuesday, October 30. Work will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. W. Call Street will be closed to through traffic. Eastbound traffic will be detoured at Conradi Street to Tennessee Street to Stadium Drive. Westbound traffic will be detoured at Murphee Street to Tennessee Street. Stadium Drive will remain open.

The Bike Box program is being coordinated by the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department and City of Tallahassee Public Works Department. For more information on bike boxes, please visit Talgov.com.

29th Spaghetti 100 Ride Director’s Report

By Jack Tomassetti

The Spaghetti 100 has always been seen as a fun and challenging ride.  New and experienced riders alike take off on an epic ride that pushes them to new heights, whether it’s riding your first 30 mile ride, completing your first century, or riding faster that ever before.  This year’s Spaghetti 100 took on three additional challenges that brought a record 400 participants.

The first new challenge was to promote the reason and purpose behind the Spaghetti 100.  Funds generated from the Spaghetti 100 goes to the local non-profit Capital City Cyclists to continue programs that encourage the growth of cycling in the Tallahassee Area.  CCC supports many advocacy, safety and education programs.  CCC’s Kids on Bikes program will reach thousands of elementary kids at Leon County Schools teaching bicycle safety skills and takes a few hundred disadvantage kids out mountain biking through the Trips for Kids program.  In addition, CCC’s Committee for a Bikeable Community does a lot to build up the local cycling infrastructure and promote cycling education classes including the upcoming Cycling Savy Class in Novemeber.  Capital City Cyclists does quite a bit and I would need a book to explain it all.

The second challenge we took on this year was the addition of the 35 Mile Challenge.  This new route option gave serious beginner riders a doable option that was still very hilly and challenging.  This new route took riders on an out and back course through Metcalf and to Thomasville.  51 riders took part this year and we hope to see them try for the longer distance options in the future as they build up and become stronger cyclists.

The third and final new addition to Spaghetti 100 this year is the addition of the Tallahassee World Champion Jersey.  The Spaghetti 100 course has always been noted as Tallahassee’s “World Championships” and we formalized it this year by adding a jersey prize to the first male and female finisher of the 100 mile and Dirt Epic rides.

FSU grad Liz Gerrity was the 4th overall finisher of the 100 mile and winner of the Women’s Tallahassee World’s Champion Jersey

In the 100 mile course, local fast man Don Authore broke away with Bicycle House’s Scot Benton about 70 miles into the ride. Later, Authore put in another decisive attack in the finishing straight to solo to the finish and claim the male road jersey.  The women’s road champion Liz Gerrity stuck with the lead chase group and was the first woman to finish and 4th overall finisher.

The Dirt Epic had arguably the largest and most competitive field.  A lot of reindeer games took place in the early part of the ride with small attacks taking place here and there.  A few riders from the Tallahassee regime stopped for a water break in Boston.  Others were in the ride for a win.  In particular a small team from Gainesville (Cycle Logic) was well prepared by carrying extra water in anticipation of the long ride and ready to challenge the locals for the coveted Tallahassee World Championship.

Tallahassee powerhouse David Berg was the main antagonist for the Gainesville team, doing everything he could to keep the jersey win within reach.  A few attacks and some long hard chases left many of the Tallahassee group tired and after Tallahassee rider Zak Ball’s valiant breakaway attempt, Kerry Duggan from Gainesville was able to take off and claim the Men’s Dirt Tallahassee World Championship Jersey, Berg finished 3rd.  Danielle Marrero rounded up all the men who got dropped from the lead dirt group and had them escort her to the finish to claim the Women’s Dirt Tallahassee World Championship Jersey.

Riders completing their challenge

While we were only able to give out four individual world champion jerseys this year, every rider that completed the event is a World Champion rider. There were many other champions envolved – nine hours after the ride has started, the Tallahassee Amateur Radio was still out on course following the last 4 riders finishing their first 100 mile ride.  The Spaghetti 100 food crew went across the street to buy and cook 2 more boxes of Spaghetti as we had run out and a small group of riders from Albany, Georgia went back out on course to encourage and escort the remaining riders back in.

Around 5:30pm and 9.5 hours since the ride start a group of support family members, friends, cyclists and volunteers cheered on the last four riders who decided not to quit and complete their challenge of finishing their first 100 mile ride.  These last four riders, all the supportive cyclists, family, friends and volunteers from the radio guys to the food crew, they are all Tallahassee World Champions in their own way and we are proud to have been part of their achievement!.

CCC President Zach Finn, Food Director Jen Koch and Ride Director Jack Tomassetti discuss Spaghetti 100 plans.

After a great event this year the folks at Capital City Cyclists are already looking to next year and planing how to make the 2013 Spaghetti 100 bigger and better!

Capital City Cyclists Jersey History – 2012 JERSEYS ARE IN!

The new 2012 Capital City Cyclists jerseys are in! Click here to see a list of the local shops that will be stocking the jersey at a club discounted rate of $49.99 starting 12pm EST on Thursday October 4th 2012. Regular price for non-club members will be $69.99.

UPDATE: If you pre-orded your jersey you have two options:

  1. You can pick it up at 2012 Spaghetti packet pickup at Sunshine Cycles between 10am and 6pm on Friday 10/5, or
  2. Coordinate with Zach Finn zach@cccyclists.org an alternative pickup time/location.


As a tribute to the new jersey we thought it would be fun to post a photo history of the past Capital City Cyclist jerseys.  Thanks to Jim Mann for finding the jerseys and making it happen, photo credit goes to Howard Ferstler,photographer, and a big thanks to the Beall’s for their assistance with setting up the jerseys for display

1st CCC Jersey

1992 green & pink. Member most responsible for completing this project, Ken Schilling.




2nd CCC Jersey

1999 blue & gold. Members most responsible for completing this project Dave Crawford and Martha Cunningham.





3rd CCC Jersey

2007 orange,gold, red. Members most responsible for completing this project, Mark and Jennifer Koch.





4th CCC Jersey

2012 yellow, orange, blue.  Members most responsible for completing this project, Cliff Leonard and Zach Finn.




Special Addition CCC Jersey

2012 white with rainbow bands.  This special addition jersey was awarded to the mens and womens riders first across the line in the 100 road class and the 65 mile dirt class for the 2012 Spaghetti 100 – AKA the Tallahassee World Championships.  Members most responsible for completing this project, Cliff Leonard and Zach Finn.




September Presidents Paceline: Annual Club Picnic

Hello fellow cyclists!

The weather was fine and we had a beautiful day at Maclay Gardens for the September 16th 2012  Capital City Cyclists annual club picnic!  A special thanks to Jim Mann who lead the road ride, Karen Loewen who lead the off-roaders, and Jennifer Koch who handled drinks and food.  After pedals where turned and food was consumed I had the opportunity to talk about the what the club has accomplished so far this year plus a preview of what is yet to come.  For those that could not make it following is a recap:

2012 Accomplishments

  1. New website – you are here now so glad you could check it out 😉
  2. Successful 2012 TOSRV – big thanks to all the volunteers and Paul McManis.  2013 will be even bigger with both our classic routes and the introduction of a dirt road option.  Mark your calendar as dates are set for 4/20 – 4/21 2013
  3. Publicly incorporated the Elementary Education program initiated by Ken Foster Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program (FTBSEP) into the club as the Capital City Cyclists Kids on Bikes Program.  This also includes Trips for Kids.
  4. Continued Advocacy
    1. Franklin Blvd.
    2. Helped spur the creation of a joint city/county bicycle workgroup
    3. Continued meetings with the city/county planning department on a recognized bicycle transportation route network.
    4. Updated the Florida’s Drivers handbook
    5. Supported new Cycling Savvy instructor
  5. National Bike Month activities – did you see the billboards in May? (big thanks to all volunteers and Karen Loewen)
  6. Filed for 501c3 – FedEx certified receipt by IRS on 7/26/2012 – IRS acknowledged receipt and that we should have word back in 90 days form 8/16.
  7. New logo – It was designed to give the club a more open and professional feel as we continue to grow our membership base and our non-profit services.  Specifically we wanted a logo to represented the following key items:
    1. that we are clearly bicyclists – even at a glance,
    2. that we are open to all types of cyclists, and
    3. that showed our non-profit focus of getting kids on bikes.
  8. New jersey – on track for early October delivery (just in time for Spaghetti)
  9. Hired Jack Tomisetti as a part time Club Director to run our Kids on Bikes Program and Direct the 2012 Spaghetti 100
  10. Highest members count on record of over 470 and counting…


Closing out 2012

  • Spaghetti 100 October 6th
  • Christmas party
  • November 11th Cycling Savvy Course – CCC and Commuter Services are sponsoring a series of Savvy Cycling classes for CCC Members, local Law Enforcement, and the general public.  First class is in November and is free to CCC member who register early ($70 value!)
  • 500 members!


Club Needs

  • Accountant
  • Help with 2012 Annual report (produce and distribute)
  • Fundraising Director
  • Writers and contributors to the Blog
  • More recreational and neighborhood ride leaders


Plans for 2013

  • 50 mile MTB Epic – Mid February 2013
  • Bigger TOSRV with a dirt option – April 20th-21st 2013
  • Expansion of the 35 Mile Challenge and the Tallahassee World Champion riders at Spaghetti 100 – October 2013
  • New maps!
  • The Tallahassee Cycling history project
  • Club merchandise & gift items such as bumper stickers, water bottles, etc


10/20/12: Talloween Alley Cat Bike Race

This is Tallahassee’s 8th Annual Halloween themed alley cat bike race.
As always, this race is a benefit for Krank It Up!, your local community bicycle project.

The race will be held on Saturday, October 20th.
HELMETS AND LIGHTS ARE REQUIRED! You WILL NOT race if you are unprepared.

$8 Race Registration (includes a button and a spoke card)
$8 Race Tattoos from our friends at Old Glory Tattoos!Race begins at Landis Green on FSU campus.
Registration opens at 7pm.
Race starts at 8pm.Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Men’s and Women’s, as well as 1st Out of Town and 1st fixed.

There will be an after party at Bird’s Aphrodisiac Oyster Shack with a few live bands, good food, drinks, and friends!

Full details at the Talloween Facebook page…