If you care about transportation and have some time to spare, you can help decide the regions transportation priorities. This is close to the last possibility of providing your input in the long range transportation plan. The Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency (CRTPA) is now finalizing the list of projects that our region will try to get (partially) funded with state and federal dollars. This list will not change much in the next five years until the next long range plan, and it’s important that missing links for cyclists are included in this list.
The current draft list of bicycle and pedestrian projects can be found here, and the draft list of proposed roadway projects here. These lists are very much reduced from the original list of about 1500 projects. Some of these projects were duplicates, others were already under construction while some have already been funded. There is also a long list of bicycle and pedestrian projects that are expected to cost less than $300,000.00, and which are supposed to vie for a very limited amount of federal and state dollars dedicated mainly to bicycles and pedestrian projects. But a large number of suggested projects in what the planners refer to as the opportunity plan have been relegated to a longish list of projects called miscellaneous projects. The idea is that these projects are mostly maintenance of existing facilities in which the CRTPA has very little say. You can find that list here. What is of concern for cyclists is that a large number of projects concern the addition of paved shoulders on various roads. While the state currently as a rule adds paved shoulders to state roads when they are up for resurfacing, that does not seem to be the case for county roads like Tram road. If you share my concern about that, please let the CRTPA know.
All comments with respect to the draft lists should be provided soon, preferably before March 21. You can send your comments to Jack Kostrzewa (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I’d appreciate if you copy us on that as well (email@example.com).
9th Annual Ride to Remember March 14th, 2015
The 9th Annual Ride to Remember , which benefits ElderCare of Alachua County and supports Al’z Place, an adult daycare facility for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and severe memory disorders.
- Date: March 14, 2015
- Time: Registration at 8:00am / Bike Ride Begins at 9:00am
- Locations: Gainesville, Boulware Springs Park & Ocala, Flemington Community Park
- Cost: Pre-registration is $40 online or by mail; $50 on the day of the event. Includes meals and T-shirt.
- For more information, please call Register Now. or click here to
Pedal Off Party
Join the Pedal Off celebration on Friday, March 13, 2015 between 5:00pm and 7:30pm located at the Senior Recreation Center (5701 NW 34th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32653).
- Enjoy gourmet snacks, wine & beer
- Pick up your or register for the Ride to Remember event at pre-registration prices!
Questions? Contact: TrainingWithTracy@gmail.com
While you might not be a transportation planner, you are driving, walking and especially riding our local roads. You’re the expert. Now is the time to submit projects that you think could be good improvements to our mobility and safety. You only get that chance once every five years, so it is important to make good use of it. The regional transportation planning agency (CRTPA) has started the new long-range transportation plan, called Connections 2040. Currently they are gathering information and the needs and ideas of the citizens, which will ultimately be compiled in a list of needed projects and prioritized. In order to receive state or federal funding, projects need to be on that list. This time around, a new online tool is being used, Metroquest, and I would strongly urge you to go there (http://connections2040.metroquest.com) and provide your input for the future of transportation in the region.
The Capital City Cyclists aims to present the cyclists during the process, through our representation in the City-County Joint Bicycle Workgroup and the Citizen and Multi-modal advisory committee of the CRTPA, and by attending and speaking at public meetings. Please also let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) what projects are important to you, so that we can keep track of it in the coming year.
The next public workshops for Connections 2040 are Oct 6 (Gadsden, Jefferson) and Oct 7 (Leon, Wakulla). The Leon county public meeting will be Oct 7 from 6-8pm at the Jack McLean Community Center on 700 Paul Russell Rd. Everybody is encouraged to come and talk to planners and provide input.
More information can be found at connections2040rmp.com.
–Hans van Tol
Riding the St Marks trail one of the July nights, you had a good chance to encounter a lonely cyclist putting in many miles on his tricycle. Dick likes a challenge. Strongly motivated by the National Bike Challenge, he aimed to finish on top in July. And he did. Riding on average close to 100 miles a day, he collected more points than anybody else in Florida, and finished July in third position nationally. An amazing feat. In the first three months of the challenge he put in more than 5000 miles, riding every single day. The only one coming close is … Trish Rogers, with about 2500 miles so far. She finished the month in fifth position among Florida women. Kudos to Dick and Trish!
There are two months left in the National Bike Challenge, and it is not too late to join the fun. You’ll make a chance of winning monthly prizes for August and September, as well as the grand prizes at the end of the challenge. Just go to http://nationalbikechallenge.org and sign up !
Bike Week Events
May 3rd – 10th 2014
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(email@example.com)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (email@example.com)
Help us spread the word about these events and encourage your friends to join!
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!