TMBA Trail Care Crew Visit
The Tallahassee Mountain Bike Association (TMBA) just wrapped up a very busy 4 day visit from the International Mountain Bike Association’s current Trail Care Crew – Jesse and Lori. You can find more general info about the Trail Care Crew in general here: https://www.imba.com/tcc
The Tallahassee visit’s main event was a free, one-day Trail Building School, during which Jesse and Lori taught sustainable trail building. TMBA scheduled the Trail Building School for Saturday, March 1st. The event consisted of morning classroom training held in the city’s Meyers Park Community room, free lunch donated by Dave’s Pizza Garage, and an afternoon of on the ground training in Tom Brown Park. We had great turnout with a mix of TMBA members, locals, a handful of people from out of town, and staff from local and state land managers. Organizing this couldn’t have happened without all the hard work from the Tallahassee Parks and Recreation staff Chuck Goodheart and Craig Brickser.
The Tallahassee Trail Building School project reestablished a portion of the Magnolia trail in Tom Brown Park that was removed during the construction of joint city/county public safety complex and the Red Cross center on Weems Road.
The participants of the Trail Building School bench cut a beautiful piece of singletrack between the new buildings and the adjacent retention pond. This trail will be connected with the existing Magnolia Trail in a follow-up TMBA workday on Saturday, March 15th.
In addition to the Trail Building School, TMBA scheduled an afternoon Land Manager Training session where Jesse and Lori talked with our local trail land mangers about the practice of designing, building and maintaining sustainable trails.
TMBA also managed to squeeze in participation in the Thursday evening event – Speed Date Local Leaders. Mike Yaun and Matt Wilson from the TMBA board; a few TMBA members -Sarah Wilson, Neil Dimacali, Joseph Petty, and Craig Brickser; and Jesse from the Trail Care Crew talked with County and City Commissioners, Leon County Administrator Vince Long, TPD Chief Michael DeLeo, and Tallahassee Director of Parks and Recreation Dee Crumpler. The event was a great opportunity to discuss with local leaders the importance of biking for the Tallahassee area.
Finally TMBA held several great social events related to the visit. Friday night included a social ride and meal with several kegs of beer brewed by TMBA Event Coordinator and brewmaster Joseph Petty; the Friday night meal was hosted by Higher Ground Bicycle Company. Saturday night was a post Trail Building School celebration at Juicy Blue Tapas Bar & Bistro in the Four Points by Sheraton, which had been gracious enough to donate a free room for Jesse and Lori’s stay in Tallahassee.
Last, but not least, Matt Wilson lead a Sunday morning social ride that starting at Tom Brown Park that included trying out the new section of Magnolia Trail and was a great send off for Jesse and Lori.
written by Mike Yuan
Recently The Village Square hosted an event called “Speed Date Your Local Leaders” that was attended by several CCC members. Here is a summary of their experience, written by Joe Barnett:
Village Square’s “Speed Dating”
by Joe Barnett
Several Capital City Cyclists members attended the event including Neil Dimacali, Mike Yaun, Joe Barnett and probably others.
The list of local officials was impressive. City Commissioners Scott Maddox, Nancy Miller, Gil Ziffer were there along with County Commissioners Kristin Dozier, Mary Ann Lindley, and Nick Maddox. Also in attendance were the County Administrator Vince Long and Supervisor of Elections Ian Sancho. There were also representative from Leon County Schools like Jackie Pons and Forrest Van Camp.
About 30 tables were set up at St John’s Church. Local leaders had about 7 minutes to sit at each table and discuss any issues table members brought up. And we got to eat free pizza!
At my table I asked the new chief of police, Michael DeLeo, about safety. He said our narrow roads are dangerous. I wasn’t sure if he was talking about canopy roads or wanting to widen other roads. So I mentioned that in Killearn Lakes our roads were narrowed and now the cars have slowed from about 43MPH to about 33 MPH making it safer. We also have bike lanes.
I asked about every commissioner if the 200-300 million of the sales tax dollars would go to more 6 lane roads or not. They told me how there will be a LOT of sidewalks and completion of the bike network.
I mentioned I am worried that if we keep making 6 lane or bigger roads it will be dangerous and ugly sprawl like Atlanta, Orlando, L.A….. I told them how Greenville, Duluth Minnesota, Sarasota, Thomasville, have very busy downtowns and ALL have two lanes with street parking. Most liked that idea, and are supportive of Bike -Ped issues, but all felt we need a Capital City “outerbelt”…. just like other sprawl cities…
The event was a great opportunity see speak one on one with our local officials. Tallahassee is a relatively small community and even a small group like the CCC can have a big impact if we can regularly have a presence at these types of events.
“The Village Square is a non-partisan public educational forum on matters of local, state and national importance. We are dedicated to maintaining factual accuracy in civic and political debate by growing civil dialog on divisive issues, and recalling the history and principles at the foundation of our democracy.”
Here’s a talk at TEDxFSU by Liz Joyner, Executive Director of To The Village Square:
Have you heard of Bicycle House?
Bicycle House is a non profit community bike shop located on Jackson Bluff Rd, near the FSU Stadium. They have a special interest in providing bikes to people who need bikes for transport, not just recreation. Often these are people who can not afford cars and can barely afford a bike.
But its more than a bike shop. Bicycle House has become a gathering place for non-traditional cyclists. Its a place to meet new people and learn new skills. it provides a service to a population that might otherwise never be exposed to cycling or have the opportunity to own a bike.
Bike House also operates a hostel for travelling cyclists. The shop is located on Adventure Cycling’s Southern Tier route and in 2013 they hosted more than 300 touring cyclists!
The non profit organization has been growing at a rapid pace and are in the process of expanding to the space next door. Once complete they will have space to run a full time coffee shop and have an additional 5 workstations (complete with tools) dedicated for member use.
Do they give away free bikes?
Not exactly. To get a bike from bike house you must schedule an appointment and meet with a volunteer to assess your needs. Then a bike is chosen from their stock of donated bikes and a volunteers helps you to assemble or repair the bike to suit you. People are asked to pay what they can for the bike, sometimes that amount is zero.
Isn’t that bad for local bike shops?
Historically, no. Most of the people Bike House serves have been to local shops and have not found what they needed. Even the least expensive bikes at a shop are too expensive and some feel overwhelmed by the bike shop experience.
Bike House often refers people to local bike shops when their stock of used parts does not meet their needs. And many people start out with an inexpensive used bike from Bike House but after getting “hooked” on cycling go to a bike shop to purchase new bikes.
How can I get involved?
There are a few things you can do if you’d like to help out or learn more:
- Donate your unneeded bike parts.
- Donate your time. Volunteer to work at the shop for one 4 hour shift a week
- Help spread the word.
Find out more at www.bicyclehouse.org
Club Holiday Party
& Board Member Elections
Saturday December 14th
American Legion Post 13
229 Lake Ella Drive
The annual club holiday party will be quite an event this year designed to foster merriment for all members! See our list of events below and join in on the fun when it suits your fancy! Registry online to receive calendar reminders at: Eventbrite/a>.
6pm – Food, Club Merriment, and Board Elections
- Meat and drinks provided
- Bring a side dish or dessert
Enjoy conversation, background music, bicycle stories, and camaraderie of fellow cyclists!
The ballot box will be open from 6pm until event closure. An email will be sent to club member the next day with vote tallies and election results.
7:30pm – Capital City Cyclists President’s Report and Club Awards
The 2013 club president will provide a year-in-view update and club Awards will be delivered
8:30pm until… – After Party with the Tallahassee Mountain Bike Association
- Wine and Beer provided
- Cash bar available
After 9pm the music will be turned up and it will be time to get rowdy Dancing and general body moving encouraged.
This is a reminder about the Capital City to the Sea Trails Public Workshop #3! There will be two corresponding workshops, one in Leon County and one in Wakulla County. Below is the information for each workshop. You can also visit the project website at www.CC2ST.com for more information.
Public Workshop #3 for Leon County
December 3rd at 6:00PM
Jack McLean Community Center
700 Paul Russell Road, Tallahassee, FL 32301
Public Workshop #3 for Wakulla County
December 5th at 6:00PM
Wakulla County Commission Chambers
29 Arran Road, Crawfordville, FL 32327
We encourage you to attend one of these workshops and ask that you send this information to coworkers, neighbors, family, and friends in the region! This is the final workshop for CC2ST, so come prepared to participate and provide your input!
Please feel free to contact Kate Widness (contact information below) if you have any questions or comments.
Capital City Cyclists to Receive Award at the first annual Share the Road Celebration of Cycling
Capital City Cyclists is honored to be recognized as leader in the state for our Kids on Bikes program and it’s work in educating school children about safe cycling.
In the last two years our club has worked hard to provide a sustainable funding and infrastructure to run this program in the Leon County and surrounding areas. The mission of Kids on Bikes is to provide engaging, educational opportunities for kids to learn skills and awareness of how biking positively impacts their health, environment and lifestyle. The two major programs that we put on under Kids on Bikes are:
- Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program - where we taught at 8 different Leon County Elementary Schools and reached about 5,000 3rd-5th graders to teach them properly Bicycle Traffic safety. We provide the bicycles, helmets and student intern instructors to help teach this course at the schools along side their PE teachers.
- Trips for Kids – we connect with local children groups such as the Boys and Girls Club and Boys Town (foster kids) and take these kids out on a fun mountain bike ride around Munson Hills and use bicycles as a vehicle for lessons in confidence building, achievement, health, and fitness. We’ve reached out to over 100 different kids this past year and even trained 19 Boys Town kids to ride in The Ride for Hope.
Club president, Zach Finn, will be at the award ceremony taking place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013, at Hollis Center in the Rinker Fieldhouse, on the Stetson University Campus in the City of DeLand, Florida.
You can learn more and register for the event at: http://bikeflorida.org/events/share-the-road-celebration-of-cycling/.
By: Donny Authore
What will it take to become Tallahassee World Champion at this year’s Spaghetti 100? Maybe the winner will emerge from an early breakaway or possibly a late solo attack, or perhaps a sprint finish will rule the day. Even though it’s hard to predict, some key strategies can ensure that you will have a great finish.
First of all, sign up now — you cannot win it unless you are in it.
Second, ride your bike! It is amazing how much a few sufferfests can improve your fitness.
Third, adding some hills to your training in the next couple of weeks would certainly be worthwhile — Spaghetti 100 features an awesome route on some of north Florida’s finest roads for cycling, with no shortage of hills.
Finally, rest and eat! In the 3-4 days leading into the ride, forgo the heavy workouts and eat a bit more than usual.
Ride day: Winning will certainly take some serious power at a few key moments. The good news for many of us is that cycling is as much about brains as brawn, so if you’re ready to roll it could be you who pulls on the rainbow jersey. Despite all the uncertainties about possible outcomes, in most cycling events the smart money is on a “critical point” lasting 5-10 minutes that will separate the true challengers from everyone else. Once the lead group is established, the real battle for Tally supremacy will begin with lots of attacks and counter moves.
In the end, the victors that emerge will be King and Queen. The best part of the day, as always, is the fun times with friends and fellow cyclists at a great event like the Spaghetti 100. But there’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition, with bragging rights on the line.
Donny Authore is the 2012 Tallahassee World Champion in the 100 mile route for the Spaghetti 100. He won last year from a dwindling peloton and broke away with local Scot Benton. In the last 10 miles he dropped his breakaway opponent and solo’d to the finish. When Donny isn’t wearing the rainbow stripes of the Tallahassee World Champion around town on his bicycle, he can be found doing research and teaching students at Florida State University’s College of Business.
Leon County Division of Tourism Development Launches Innovative Website Featuring Area Trails
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sept. 26, 2013 – What was once a casual nickname outdoor enthusiasts used in describing biking, hiking, running, paddling and equestrian trails in the Tallahassee area, is now a one-of-a-kind web site – Trailahassee.com – launched by Leon County Division of Tourism Development (Visit Tallahassee) to promote nearly 600 miles of trails.
The site, with featured trails, interactive maps, blogs, social media features, GPS functionality, and information on outfitters and associations, launched in September as part of the county’s annual Marketing Rollout to the local tourism industry.
Lee Daniel, executive director of the county’s tourism division, sees the new web site as a valuable tool for outdoor enthusiasts planning vacations.
“We are fortunate in having tremendous natural resources that lend themselves to the types of outdoor recreational activities sought by today’s travelers,” Daniel said. “Trailahassee was a logical step in identifying those assets for travelers and providing detailed information in a digital environment that essentially becomes a personal guide for users.”
With user-friendly design suitable for laptops, smartphones and tablets, users explore rotating featured trails including the Apalachee Regional Park, Cadillac Mountain Bike Trails and Leon Sinks Geological Area, through videos, blog entries and Instagram feed photographs. The initial launch included 11-featured trails with others planned for the future.
The “Find a Trail” tab includes an interactive map displaying trails either in map view, list view, or based on various activities (walking, hiking, biking, running, mountain biking, equestrian, motorcycle, canoe/kayak, ATV). Users can also make selections based on the type of surface and skill level. Maps are shown through three options — street view, satellite view or relief view.
Daniel added that user generated content is an important part of the overall strategy forTrailahassee.com.
“We’ve made it easy for consumers to share their outdoor experiences with others by posting photos and videos on the site,” Daniel said.
Live content from outdoor enthusiasts is featured using the hashtag #Trailahassee through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds. The site also links directly to the county’s consumer tourism site (www.VisitTallahassee.com) for other information about the area’s upcoming events, hotels, restaurants and attractions.
Leon County Division of Tourism Development is the official tourism marketing organization for Tallahassee and Leon County Florida, operating as a department of Leon County Government, and promoting tourism to the area through direct sales, advertising, public relations, sports, film, product development and visitor services.
What: Become a Certified Helmet Fitter – Learn how to properly select and fit bike helmets, and teach bicycle helmet safety education to increase use and reduce bicycle related injury.
When: Monday, September 30th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: Florida Department of Transportation, Basement Conference Room, 605 Suwanee Street, Tallahassee, FL
Why: According to Brain Injury Association, bicycle helmets are 88% effective in preventing serious brain injury. Yet fewer than half of the bicycle riders wear one, and teens almost never do. Reasons among infrequent and recreational cyclists for not wearing helmets include lack of social acceptability and belief that they are uncomfortably hot to wear in the summer. Experienced riders, particularly adults, cite their superior bicycling skill as one reason, among others, for not wearing helmets. Research has shown that comprehensive programs — provide helmets at a discount, teach the importance of their use, and include helmet use laws — are most likely to result in increased helmet usage.
- Every dollar spent on a bike helmet saves society $30
- Bicycle helmet safety education can increase helmet use and reduce bicycle-related deaths and injury
- Learn how to properly select and fit bike helmets
- Become a certified Bike Helmet Fitter, and make a difference
Register: E-Mail Sarita Taylor at email@example.com
by: Jack Tomassetti
Capital City Cyclists is a club of 500 members and its members volunteer a lot of time to help improve and change our local community. These volunteers are the ones that support the big rides that CCC puts on such as Spaghetti 100 and TOSRV, they help run the Kids on Bikes program, changes Florida Laws, advocate for safer cycling and so much more. These volunteers don’t do it for fame or money, they volunteer because they love cycling and want to share it with others.
I’d like to take a moment to recognize Kearns Heitt, an unsung hero that has gone beyond the call of duty and has really had an impact in the local community. I first met Kearns at a volunteer packet stuffing party for the 2012 Bike Florida. He was wearing a kilt!! Kearns was very upbeat and friendly and made volunteering fun.
As I’ve become more involved with more of the activities that Capital City Cyclists are part of, my needs for volunteers has increased. And every time I need volunteer help, Kearns is the first one to offer his help. Kearns has volunteered at Spaghetti 100, TOSRV and Ride for Hope. He is a ride leader for our Trips for Kids rides (we do 2 every other week) and he spends his free time repair the kids bicycles. On top of all , he also leads a weekly beginner mountain bike ride every Thursday and introduce folks to mountain biking. I’ve never met anyone more selfless than Kearns.
As part of Capital City Cyclists recognition of Kearns, we gave him a small gift and we relieved him of volunteer duties for the upcoming Spaghetti 100 by giving him a free entry for this year’s ride. Thanks Kearns for all that you do!
Learn how you can be a super volunteer like Kearns by visiting our volunteer page: click here.