Bike Week – May 3 – 10, 2014

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Bike Week Events

May 3rd – 10th 2014

 

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May 3 -10 2014 has been designated as Tallahassee-Leon County Bike Week – an opportunity to celebrate bicycling and the numerous reasons to ride. Whether you bike to work or school to save money or time, to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community or get to your destination, Bike Week is a perfect time to experience how cycling benefits you and your community.

There are lots of great events and rides planned:

Planned Events During Bike Week::

  • Helmet Giveaway
  • Cycle Savvy Courses
  • Bike to School and Bike to Work Days
  • Tallahassee Bike Festival at Cascades Park

For complete details visit Commuter Service of North Florida’s Website: http://www.commuterservices.org/commuters/tallahassee-bike-week2014/

 

CCC Rides During Bike Week

The Capital City Cyclists are sponsoring several beginner rides during the week and we hope you’ll take advantage of them.  We are hosting both paved and off road rides that are great for people who want to try out a group ride for the first time or more experienced cyclists who want to bring a friend.


 

Sunday May 4   Bring a Friend Group ride.

Location: Carriage gate shopping center (Trader Joe’s).

Meet at 7:45 am. Ride starts at 8 am.

A group ride for beginners who would like to be introduced to group rides. The pace will be relaxed typically between 12-15 mph, and the length will be determined at the start depending on the participants. Helmets are required.

Contact: Jim Mann(jim@cccylists.org)


 

Tuesday May 6       Bike Commuter Train (Mass Ride)

 Location: Kerry Forest Parkway to Kleeman plaza, or hop on anywhere on the route.

 Start time 7:00 am, estimated arrival 8:15 am

 Return:  5:45 pm at Kleeman Plaza to Kerry Forest Parkway.

This is a ride led by experienced bike commuters from the Four Oaks Center at the intersection of Kerry Forest Parkway and Shannon Lakes Dr, to downtown (Kleeman Plaza, City Hall and FSU campus). Helmet are required.  People can hop on or off  anywhere they like.

The route will be Shannon Lakes, Shamrock, Killearney Way, Limerick, Delaney, Killearn Center Boulevard, Capital Circle, Lonnblahd Rd, Hermitage Blvd, Goose Pond Trail, Noble Dr., Armistead, Trescott, Mitchell, Miccosukee, Hillcrest, Terrace , Franklin, Call St and Adams St. About 11 miles total.

Contact: Hans van Tol  (hans@cccyclists.org)


Thursday May 8      HG Beginners Mountain Bike Ride

Location: Higher Ground Bicycle Company, 1410 Market street in the Pavilions shopping center.

Time: 5 pm. Duration 1-1.5 hr

Ride from the shop. Beginner ride focused on getting to know the trails, basic technique, and bikes.

Contact: Roger Hawkes (roger@hgbikes.net)


Friday May 9    Friday Night Social Ride.

        Location: St Marks Trail trailhead, Woodville Highway.

Start at 6 pm.   A Ride down the St Marks trail. All riders, all ability levels welcome. St. Marks Bike Trail, starting at the trail head. Ride as far as you wish at your own speed. Plan to be back at the trail head parking lot before dark. Dinner will follow at a place to be determined by the group.

Contact: Dick Rogers (rlr0846@gmail.com)


Saturday May 10.  Neighborhood rides from the Bike festival.

Start at 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m. from Cascade Park. Short neighborhood and downtown rides for beginners. Helmet required.

Contact: Hans van Tol (hans@cccyclists.org)

 

Help us spread the word about these events and encourage your friends to join!

 

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CCC local host for 2014 National Bike Challenge: Sign Up !

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CCC local host for 2014 National Bike Challenge: Sign Up !

The 2014 National Bike Challenge is about to kick off on May 1st. This fun program is organized by the League of American bicyclists with the goal of getting more people on the bike for both recreation and transportation. As the challenge aims to change our transportation habits, it runs for five whole months from May 1st to September 30th.

The simple fact of getting more bikes on the road increases rider safety, and cities like Portland and Davis with many cyclists have very few cyclist fatalities. Getting more people riding in and around Tallahassee is one of the goals of the Capital City Cyclists and we are therefor hosting the local part of the challenge. We’re covering the counties of Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, and Wakulla. It’s free, and there are great prizes to win. It’s also fun to see how you and your workplace or team is doing with respect to the rest of Tallahassee and the rest of the country. In last year’s challenge the Gainesville Cycling Club won the award for the best team, nationally. We should give them some competition this year! Just go to www.nationalbikechallenge.org and sign up. When you do, you can search for and join the Capital City Cyclist team. You can of course also join other teams that will be set up by participants in the coming weeks, or you can start your own team.  Also, look for your workplace and/or school, or consider becoming the coordinator for your school or workplace.

The challenge runs from May to the end of September, and each month there are prizes to win. The rules are simple, 20 point for each day you ride, and one point for each mile you ride. You can log your miles manually, or use your smartphone or Garmin GPS device to upload your rides to endomondo, mapmyride, or moves. The bike challenge  website can then sync the rides you enter there.  While all rides count towards points, miles, and calories burnt, miles you ride instead or using your car for transportation count towards dollars and CO2 saved, so you can keep track of your savings and your reduced CO2 footprint. The web interface is brand new, and the League had to rush to get it set up in time. You’re bound to have some questions, but you can post these easily in the comment section on the website and get these answered.

While the challenge itself starts May 1st , you can sign up already during the “warmup” period and get used to it. May 1st all counters will be set to zero.

Those that participated last year had great fun with the challenge. It’s a great and free way of contributing to the cause. Give it a try yourself and spread the word among you colleagues and friends! Go to  www.nationalbikechallenge.org and sign up!

 

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National Bike Challenge Logo 2014

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City initiates a bike parking program

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Bike Corral

One of the proposed designs for a bike corral on College Avenue

Sometimes it is hard to find a good parking space for your bike at businesses and parks around town. There’s not always a convenient traffic sign around, and trees are not very amenable to U-locks. While new construction in central Tallahassee ( the Multi-Modal Transportation District or MMTD ) is required to provide bike parking at a rate of 10% of car parking, existing businesses have no such requirement.  Therefor the city has decided to start a bicycle parking program.

There are two types of bike parking that are proposed: bike racks and bike corrals. The bike racks are black inverted Us with a City logo, and will be only be installed at city owned properties like parks and community centers, and in public right of way. Businesses interested in installing bike parking on private property can contact the city planning department for help with placement and design.  Also a “Bike Parking Guide” will be developed by the city/county planning department.  It is also proposed  bike racks and art can be combined with the installation of artists designed racks, similar to a very successful program in Toledo.

Bike corrals typically replace one parking space for cars with 10-16 parking spaces for bikes. A first proposed location is College Avenue, near Jasmin cafe, with additional locations along Gaines, All Saints, South Monroe, and Midtown.

The enthusiastic support by the mayor and commissioners at their March 26 meeting now make it possible to find funding sources for this program.

 

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