Are you interested in seeing more people cycling in Tallahassee? Love to Ride Tallahassee aims to show more people just how easy and enjoyable cycling can be. All people have to do to take part is experience that great feeling you get on a bike by riding for just 10 minutes or more.
We’d like your support to spread the word, champion cycling and encourage your workplace to sign up.
• A fun and free incentive based bicycling initiative for local workplaces.
Workplaces are invited to compete between November 1-30 to see who can get the most staff riding to win individual and team prizes.
• Create a buzz about bicycling at your workplace.
• Great way to encourage people to rediscover cycling.
• Win prizes!
• For new and experienced cyclists.
It’s quick to register your work team online, visit www.lovetoride.net/tallahassee.
Love To Ride Tallahassee is sponsored by the City of Tallahassee, CRTPA, Leon County, Planning Department, Commuter Services of North Florida, and People for Bikes
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!
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.
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/.