Tell your representatives not to eliminate federal funding for bike and pedestrian projects

Sunset with cyclist
Sunset (by Jamie Brookland (AR), Alliance Photo Library)

You might be thinking “Again?”, but it is important to contact your representatives to preserve federal funding for bike and pedestrian transportation projects. We are still operating under the previous transportation act which expired in 2009, but has been extended many times as no agreement could be reached for a new plan. That is also the reason action was needed many times, especially this last year. Now House and Senate are negotiating a compromise from bills passed in both houses. The senate version preserves funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects under the Cardin-Cochran amendment, while the house version does away with most federal funding for bike-ped projects. Please follow the links below to contact your senators and representative. It is important and has proven to be effective !

The standard letter on the League of American Bicyclists action site talks mostly about popular support for bikeped projects and stresses also that the Cardin Cochran agreement enhances local government control with respect to requests for bicycle and pedestrian funding.

It might be helpful, especially for Sen Rubio and Rep Southerland, to add something concerning the economic benefit of investments in active transportation, e.g.:

  • Health care costs related to diabetes is now about 150 B$/year. Adding in other costs related to lack of physical activity like Cardio-vascular Deceases and Obesity we spend around 500B$/year (or 3% of GDP) in increased health care costs. This is about a factor of ten more than the federal transportation budget and 600 times more than investments in bike-ped facilities. A recent study for the upper midwest metropolitan areas (total population 31M) estimated that the costs savings related to reduced air-pollution and increased exercise by doing half of the short (<2.5 mile) trips by bicycle instead of the car would exceed 8 B$/year. Extrapolated to the rest of the country that corresponds to an amount larger than the transportation budget itself.
  • The North Carolina DOT estimated the ANNUAL economic impact of cyclists to be Nine time the ONE TIME cost to build bicycle facilities. The Annual income due to bicycle tourism is estimated to be 193 M$ in Colorado and 278 M$ in Wisconsin, many times the annual investment in bicycle facilities. In Florida the Pinellas trail was an economic engine for the local economies. Occupancy rates for private business in downtown Dunedin increased from 30% to 95% after establishment of the trail.
  • About 16% of household income goes towards transportation. Most of this money leaves the state, and a substantial part leaves the country. A increased use of alternative transportation means that more Florida income is spent locally.

Anyway, please contact your representatives, either by using the Take Action website of the League, or via the websites of the representatives themselves, (https://southerland.house.gov/index.cfm/email-me , http://billnelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm, http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact) or give their offices a call. It’s important!

Thank you !!

May 2012 Presidents Paceline

Wow what a first quarter of 2012!  It is already May and the last presidents paceline was back in February – where does the time go…  We have been busy and done so much in just over 4 short months!  Follow are the highlights:

  • TOSRV was a success with about 200 riders and next years event is already set for April 20-21 2013 and will be even better!
  • We have a new club website and brochure http://www.cccyclists.org/TrifoldBrochure2012.doc.
  • We have the highest membership count in years and new members are still joining every week.
  • Continued work by our advocacy committee including ongoing meetings with the city/county planning on making the our bike route network official and work with the Ton2 KCCI group on establishing a city/county/CRTPA recognize bicycle advisory committee as a unified established platform for cyclists to engage our local government.
  • National Bike Month activities have been planned for May – check em out at http://www.cccyclists.org/?page_id=10572.  A big thanks to Karen Lowen and other volunteers!
  • 501c3 paperwork is done (man what a lot of details to gather and a special thanks to Laurie Koburger for getting our last 3 years of financials documented!)  We anticipate submitted in the package to the IRS before June.

 

I have likely forgotten something but wanted to go ahead and get something out to everyone to keep you informed 🙂

 
More exciting club updates are coming so spread the word, get involved, and continue to have fun with bicycles!
 

Zach Finn
President 2012
Capital City Cyclists

Meals on 2 Wheels Q1

Biking Chef
Yesterday was the 12th Meals on 2Wheels delivery (13, if you count the beta test on 1/25). We have not missed a Wed morning since the start on Feb 1, 2012. We had a couple of mornings when rain threatened, including yesterday (4/18) when we actually got sprinkled on. The upside of those weather-threatening days is, we set speed records for completing the delivery. The downside is, we don’t spend any chit/chat time with the clients, but they know us now and definitely “get” that we need to hurry due to weather. Here are some more details on things we have learned and accomplished over the first three months of Mo2W.

Client List Evolution

Our “clients” are the folks we actually deliver meals to. This is what Mo2W is all about. Our list has evolved, and the data for that exposes the human story of aging in America. We added two clients during this quarter, one who moved into our “service area” and another who returned from a stay in a rehab facility. When our lady moved back from rehab, she was so happy to be back in her home and is clearly worried that she might not be able to stay there. Home, no matter how modest, is infinitely preferable to a “facility”. Everybody knows this. Most of us have learned this through some personal experiences with family or friends or neighbors.  The rest of  us will learn it that way sometime in the future.

We also lost two clients. Reverend Bishop J B Beckwith, age 99, passed on March 21, 2012. He and his wife were both clients. Ms Beckwith is still in mourning, but hanging in there physically.

Caleb Hanna, Jr, 95, left us for Hospice in late March and passed away on April 4, 2012. Mr Hannah had been blind since I knew him.

It is sad to have these senior citizens leave us. It is poignant to realize that Meals on (2 or 4) Wheels helped allow these kind, good-hearted people to remain in their homes while they were alive.

Logo by artist Bill Otersen

We are extremely grateful to Bill Otersen for designing our Mo2W logo. The Biking Chef is cool. He is showing the world that you can use bikes for utilitarian purposes and enjoy the journey while maintaining your health and being a part of your environment instead of observing from inside a rolling terrarium. Thank you so much, Bill. I hope the logo catches on in other places around the country.

Who Dat

Here are the people who have participated in Mo2W so far:

Alvin Farrar

Chris Lacher [dat’s me]

Mike Redig

Marv Rubenstein

Dave Stotts

Josh Valentine

Al Farrar is the only person besides myself to have made every single delivery during Mo2W’s brief existence. Al is a trooper. Marv Rubenstein and Mike Redig have made quite a few deliveries as well. Dave Stotts rode with us in preparation for his column on Mo2W – more on that below. Josh Valentine joined us for the first time on 4/18. He is a member of the FSU cycling team and an avid all-round cyclists, also informally associated with Bicycle House Tallahassee, a non-profit community bike shop. Josh will be in Spain this summer, but is planning on starting up a Mo2W route supported by FSU Cycling.

Dave Stotts Column

Dave is our Tallahassee Democrat Bicycle Sports columnist. He rode with Mo2W and devoted a good portion of his April 6, 2012, column to Mo2W. I would like to post a link to this column, but it doesn’t seem feasible. If you are a Democrat subscriber, you can find it in the Friday April 6 edition. This column was a surprise. Dave normally writes about racing. He took that day off of racing for a human interest column. Thanks Dave!

FSU Cycling

We made a brief presentation to FSU Cycling on March 29, at the invitation of president Greg Buker. Our basic pitch to them is that Mo2W would be a great way for them to integrate public service with cycling. Public service is a big deal at FSU, and is one of the components many students use to earn their Garnet & Gold Honor Society honors at graduation. Josh Valentine was there and is enthusiastic about the prospects.

Immediate Future

We will be starting an every-other-Thursday delivery on 4/26, just in time for Bike Month. Karen Loewen has been eager to join us but is tied up on Wednesdays at work. Karen will help inaugurate the Thursday run and will likely become the ride leader for that route. A second trailer that can be dedicated to this group has been donated by Krank It Up, a community bicycle project.

Standing Invitation

All members of Capital City Cyclists are invited to join Mo2W. If you can commit to one morning per month riding as a public servant, please sign up. Drop me an email. If you are not a member of CCC, please consider joining, but also note that Mo2W needs volunteer riders in any case. “Call Me.”

Hang Tough Hayley Hart team

Dear Cyclists,
 
I recently had the opportunity to join many of you on the TOSRV South event as your medic for the ride.  What an event and props to those in charge of putting it together.  I thought the event was a blast and hope each of you did as well.  Fortunately, for all parties involved, my services were minimally required.  In meeting and chatting with a few of you I made mention of my affiliation with Team HTHH, a four man relay team competing in the Race Across America otherwise known as RAAM.  Two years ago, our team competed in the Race Across the West, the first 866 miles of RAAM.  We attacked this challenge in honor of Hayley Hart, a young Tallahassee girl who has been successful in her battle with Leukemia.  In this race, our first major competition, we not only completed the ride successfully, but we also set the record for a four man team in this race.  To view more information about the race itself please visitwww.raceacrossamerica.org
 
This year we will be competing in the entire 3000 mile Race Across America.  With Hayley’s success we have been inspired to work towards the bigger picture.  Thus, we have teamed up with CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and are working hard to raise funds for childhood cancer awareness.  Below is a little bit of information about us and about our cause that I hope you will peruse and consider.  We are hosting a charity dinner, exclusively for CureSearch this coming Saturday, April 21.  While I know this is a very last minute invitation, prior to being around so many wonderful cyclists who can share the passion to work hard and raise money for a great cause, I had not considered sending this invitation to this group.  My sincerest apologies for the last minute notice.  If you are not able to attend, perhaps you may consider a donation to the cause or even an item that we may be able to use in the silent auction at the event.
 
Thank you all for the opportunity to be involved with such a great group of folks this past weekend.  I hope you will take the time to read some additional information I have included below and view the links for more information about us and our cause.  Also, there is an invitation attached for your quick reference.
 
Please view the video invitation to our charity dinner for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer by clicking here.

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THE CAUSE

In 2010, the Hang Tough Hayley Hart team completed (and WON!) Race Across the West in efforts to raise funds and support for Hayley Hart as she was battling Leukemia.  Apparently, the boys didn’t quite get their “fill” of cycling in….so, here we are gearing up for Race Across America 2012 and praise the Lord, Hayley Hart has finished her chemo treatments and is doing extremely well!!  So, what exactly is the Hang Tough Hayley Hart team riding for this year?!?   This year, we find it appropriate that since our HTHH team is shooting for gold and winning RAAM, we are riding with the mission of raising awareness for Childhood Cancer.  Gold: The New Pink.   (www.goldthenewpink.net)  You’ve seen breast cancer pink ribbons everywhere…how often do you see gold ribbons?  Gold is the color of Childhood Cancer.
 
WHY CHILDHOOD CANCER?

We are excited this year to step up to a bigger race and a bigger platform.  As we celebrate Hayley’s victory over cancer, we want to take it to the next level.  Non-profits in this area are focused primarily on AWARENESS.  “Increasing awareness is the first step to raising more advocacy and support for childhood cancer programs and research.”  Our goal as a team is to use this opportunity to spread the word about childhood cancers.  What a better way to spread the word than to pedal across the whole country, right?!    With awareness, usually comes support financially.  Donations and monetary gifts will simply be the added bonus to what is already a great cause!
 
DID YOU KNOW?

  • American Cancer Society is the biggest money making machine for cancer research.  Not a penny of that has ever gone to researching pediatric cancers.
  • The National Cancer Institute’s annual budget is $4.6 billion.  Less than 3% of that goes to childhood cancer research.
  • Approximately 12,500 children and adolescents in the US are diagnosed with cancer every year.
  • 46/7–In the United States 46 children and adolescents will be diagnosed and 7 will die from a form of childhood cancer every single school day.

 
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by sending the names (first & last) of your attendees and enclose a check payable to Team HTHH at $75.00 for each reserved seat OR contact Janelle Irwin directly to reserve your seat as the date is fast approaching.  I have also attached an RSVP card that you may print.  If you are not able to attend the event but would like to donate to the cause please feel free to mail a check for your chosen amount to the address below.  All proceeds and donations from this event will go directly to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer.
 
Gritz and Glitz
Team Hang Tough Hayley Hart
c/o Janelle Irwin
2220 Cedarbrook Ct
Tallahassee, FL 32303
 
Thank you so much for your support in helping to find a cure for childhood cancer!
 
To learn more about Team HTHH, our story, and our cause or to make a donation, please visit our website at www.teamhthh.com.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Janelle Irwin at (719)440-9858.
 
Kindest Regards,
Caldwell McCord
Caldwell.mccord@gmail.com

 
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February 2012 Presidents Paceline

Since I have become President of Capital City Cyclists I have had the opportunity to be part of many conversations with regard to bicycles.  It has been a wonderful experience to reconnect with old friends and to get to know  many  more fellow bicycle enthusiast – all with different backgrounds and perspectives on what it means to be a “cyclists.”  It is from this perspective, as well as my own experiences on bicycles, that I write this months presidents paceline…

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Bicycles are amazing inventions! They are legal vehicles on our roadways zooming along at 20+ mph; they are off-road vehicles that can take you over mountains; they are “pedestrians” taking a leisurely stroll on the sidewalk up to the corner store; and they are “toys” that my 2 1/2 year old son rides circles on in the kitchen. What other apparatus crosses such boundaries?!?! Perhaps it is an “odd” perspective unique to me, but this adaptability is one of the things that makes bicycles so amazing.

 

With this mindset lets look at bicycle commuting – it’s a common debate if cyclists should use the road or sidewalk… I would suggest both and that cycling on the road or the sidewalk is akin to learning to drive a car. We would not encourage someone to jump in a car and make a left turn across 6 lanes of traffic without completing the necessary requirements to get there (i.e. over 16, pass a driving test, and have some experience). Sidewalks are a good option for younger or less “experienced” cyclists as they use them as pedestrians at a relatively slow speed. Before jumping on the street a cyclists should learn rules of the road and master basic skills to gain a level of confidence in their riding ability.  This will then allow them to focus on the environment and become aware of their surroundings to a point they can ride safely on the road.  Once a cyclist is “comfortable” and has gained some “experience” we want to make sure there are efficient facilities for bicycles to get to work, the store, and back home again as a vehicle on the road.

 

One of my goals for Capital City Cyclists over the next few years is to support and encourage ALL forms of bicycling. The challenge is to figure out how to be appealing to the context and use for one particular cyclists while still appealing to the context and use for other cyclists…  As a start perhaps we should categorize the various “contexts” or “uses” for bicycles (e.g. vehicles on the road, pedestrians on the sidewalk, MTBs riding between trails, “toys” ridden by children).  From these various perspectives I bet we can find “best practices” for each that we can all agree on and then overlay them on a continuum based on level of “experience” and “comfort” that ends with bicycles as vehicles on the road…

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Who is willing and can help us come up with this language and materials for the benefit of ALL bicycles – from our road warriors to our kitchen warriors 😉 As a shameless plug join the club and help us craft this solution!

 

Zach Finn
President Capital City Cyclists

January 2012 Presidents Paceline

I owe a lot to cycling: my first job was at a local bicycle shop; MTB racing taught me discipline and hard work; exploring off-road trails has brought me lifelong friendships;  commuting and road riding has provided me a healthy lifestyle; and now riding with my three boys brings my family together.  Cycling has greatly benefited my life and I am honored to have been elected to take a turn at the front of the paceline and give back to the culture, the community, and the machine that has been there for me over the last two decades.

 
Tallahassee has an amazingly rich cycling community!  For example: we have one of the best off-road trail systems in the nation; we have beautiful canopy roads that are a joy to ride; we have a largely unknown racing heritage (From the days of 10 speed drive and Team Jamis to Team Type1 today); and we have a city/county planning department that appreciates cyclists.  Are we the perfect bike city – of course not… But, we are one of the great places to live if you love to ride!

 
So what are my goals for the club? Well, simply put I want to see Capital City Cyclists as an organization that says “Let us help you find your place in Tallahassee’s cycling community”. I want to grow our already deep roots stronger while we branch out to expand. In other words I think it is important to pay tribute to our heritage while introducing cycling to a new generation. It has been my experience that goals are only met when you have specific tasks; so for 2012 I think we can complete the following:

  • Introduce a new website as a “fresh face” for the club – A big thanks to Marv for sharing his knowledge and I hope you like the new look.
  • 501(c)3 status to position the club to better receive charitable donations and/or grants.
  • Complete a successful TOSRV 2012 with 250 riders and begin TOSRV 2013 prep by 3rd quarter this year.
  • Increase membership to over 400 members by using an easy-to-complete on-line registration process and a focused recruitment effort.
  • Closer integration with Bicycle Tallahassee as the Capital City Cyclists Kids on Bikes Elementary Education program.
  • Stronger relationships with our fellow community cycling clubs including Tallahassee Mountain Bike Association (TMBA), Gulf Coast Velo, FSU Cycling, and GulfWinds Triathletes.
  • Continuing to foster a strong bicycle advocacy committee that works with city/county planners with a focus on: 1) commuting bike routes, 2)bicycle/car education, and 3)a PR campaign through blogging/social media and articles in the newspaper to show bicycling as a positive everyday activity.
  • A successful Spaghetti 100 by having 350 riders and obtaining corporate sponsers through promoting the success of the Kids on Bikes program.
  • Show, anyone willing to listen, how FUN it is to ride a bicycle!

 
I also wanted to thank all the individuals that have done so much over the years to improve cycling in our community. Without their hard work and dedication we would not have the wonderful cycling community we all enjoy!

 
Please reach out and share your ideas on what’s good, what’s bad, and how we can continue to have fun on bicycles!

Zach Finn
Capital City Cyclists President 2012
zach.xtr@gmail.com

Capital City Cyclist’s First 15 Years

As I was working on the new club website for Capital City Cyclists, I came across the clubs article archives.  I soon found myself totally immersed and was meandering through the many wonderful snippets of cycling history from Tallahassee over the last 30 years!  I would encourage you to peruse the Article Archive for yourself. I would like to share one of my personal favorites – the first 15 years of the club…

 

Enjoy!
Zach Finn
Capital City Cyclists President 2012

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A look in the helmet mirror

by Robbie Brunger, June 1, 1997
Capital City Cyclists is 15 years old this fall – an appropriate time to compile as complete a listas possible of all of the people who have volunteered to come forth and serve the cause of promoting bicycling in Tallahassee over the past 15 years. Thus, without further ado, is the roster of our very own heroes!

1982
TOSRV (the tour of the Suwannee River Valley) began with 62 riders, with MarthaCunningham‘s potato salad singled out as a highlight. Sixty bicyclists appeared at City Hall in favor of bike lanes on Miccosukee Road, and Robert Craig, Dan Burden, andRobbie Brunger spoke to the motion, but in vain; the City Commission defeated it on a 3-2 vote. Sunday rides began at City Hall, John Elder organized time trials on SpringhillRoad, pictures of bicycling vacations were prominent features of Club social meetings, andsomeone even arranged to hold a bicyclists’ garage sale!

Robert Craig, President; Lys Burden, Vice President; Doug Lee, Secretary; Thaxton Springfield, Treasurer; John Robertson, Ride Coordinator;and Doug Lee, Newsletter Editor.

1983
John Elder argues in the newsletter how we ought to do more to encourage young riders. The Uptown Cafe opens and soon becomes the venue of choice for several years worth of Club social meetings; at one of these a local racing enthusiast will demonstrate how to ride the rollers TOSRV now has 101 riders, and the Capital City Century held in the fall (also called the Huff and Puff ) had 31 participants, one of whom suggested that when held again, it should not have any headwinds.

Quentin Collins, President; Bill Armstrong, Vice President; LizGordon, Secretary; John Elder, Treasurer; John Robertson, Ride Coordinator; and Doug Lee, Newsletter Editor.

1984
Kathy Blaha reports of some interest in converting the almost-forgotten former St. Marks Railroad into a trail that would be suitable for bicycle riding. TOSRV South (now called the Tour of Springtime Rural Vistas) has 166 riders and goes to Albany, Georgia. On September 16, Club member Greg Hunter is killed by a drunken driver while on a Club ride. The Cyclist first appears with colored paper. The City Commission almost succeeds in scrapping the city bikeway program, but it gets a last minute reprieve. The new fall ride, Spaghetti 100, is organized by Greg Wilson, who reports that 35 people rode, and had a few more eaten dinner, we’d have broken even.

Bill Armstrong, President; Mary Sprinkles, Vice President; MarsyMiller, Secretary; John Elder, Treasurer; John Robertson, Ride Coordinator; and Doug Lee, newsletter editor.

1985
The Greg Hunter Biathlon begins its brief, but very interesting, life as a regular item on the Club’s calendar of regularly scheduled events, but the Spaghetti 100 apparently has a year off. [RB.: I have virtually no other news for this year of the Club’s past. If you have some old newsletters tucked away somewhere, this would be a good time to come forth with them!]

John Elder, President; Robert Seidler, Vice President; Jerry Herting, Secretary; Greg Wilson and Ken Schilling, Treasurer; JohnRobertson, Ride Coordinator; Doug Lee, Newsletter Editor.

1986
The city and county commissions actively consider proposals to ban bicyclists from riding on anyof the canopy roads. Club President Larry Workman becomes the first Club member to climb Mt. Mitchell. Several developmental meetings are held as the St. Marks Trail begins to take shape in people’s minds. The Club develops and distributes an informational brochure.

Larry Workman, President; Marcus Busted and Jenny Vedros, Vice President; Jerry Herting, Secretary; Bonnie Draper, Treasurer; Greg Wilson, Ride Coordinator; Jay Sherwin, Newsletter Editor, with Doug Lee doing the layout; Bill Hudgens, Membership Chair.

1987
Kathy Blaha begins her long tenure as newsletter editor, with Doug Lee continuing to do the newsletter layout. (She also does double duty as Club President, an unprecedented feat not likely to happen again!) Jim Mann rides his first TOSRV Southand finds it quite an experience. The summer picnic at Wakulla Springs and the Christmas Partyboth make their debut this year, thus further heightening the already considerable social ambience of the Club.

Kathy Blaha, President; Amy Seidler, Vice President; Marc Saiz, Secretary; Bonnie Draper, Treasurer; ??, Ride Coordinator; Kathy Blaha, Newsletter Editor, with Doug Lee doing the layout; Bill Hudgens, Membership Chair.

1988
Julia Winter makes her first appearance as director of TOSRV South, with ridership over 300 now. A typical newsletter of this era is four pages long, and the Bike Shorts column makes its debut. The city of Tallahassee hires a bicycle coordinator. There is much discussion about why the Sunday rides are so successful, but no one wants to ride on Saturday. On November 12, the St. Marks Trail officially opens, but in the weeks preceding it occur the first prototypical Friday night trail rides. Spaghetti 100 has 80 riders heading north from the Unitarian Universalist Church into deeply threatening and stormy skies; some riders still living recall that ride as the definitive Tram Road headwind.

Bill Hudgens, President; Amy Seidler, Vice President; Marc Saiz, Secretary; Doug Lee, Treasurer; ??, Ride Coordinator; Kathy Blaha, Newsletter Editor, with Doug Lee doing the layout; Bill Hudgens, Membership Chair.

1989
The first off-road rides are held under Club sponsorship, and NORBA has a high profile race atwhat comes to be known as the Red Bug Trail, for reasons that some people become intimatelyfamiliar with. The Saturday morning Food Lion rides begin and, unlike all other attempts to getriders going on Saturday, it is a big success, although it is quickly dominated by A group types. The Club social in March (at the ever-popular Uptown Cafe!) features a video of the Assault onMt. Mitchell and a pep talk by Dan Lopez, which has the galvanizing effect of prompting 10 Club riders to take it on as a challenge. The Cyclist is taking on a noticeably literary quality.

 

Amy Seidler, President; Dan Lopez, Vice President; Kathy Blaha, Secretary; Doug Lee, Treasurer; ??, Ride Coordinator; Kathy Blaha, Newsletter Editor, with Doug Lee doing the layout; Bill Hudgens, Membership Chair.

1990
With the city and county appointment of the Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Council, The Cyclist asks rhetorically, Can this be the same city, which less than five years ago refused to put bikelanes on city streets because they would remove parking opportunities?

Meanwhile, however, Mike Eakin writes, I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that it is no longer sensible to train on some of our beautiful canopy roads. Club rides still use them, though, and all rides still meet at City Hall. There’s an exception: a growing number of rides are now starting at the St. Marks Trail Head, and several Club members (Linda Vaughn, Charlie Hofacker, Tony Johns, and Sara Brunger ) use the Friday night trail rides as the basis for training for their first century at Spaghetti 100. The ride category system begins, Old Plank Road is now paved, and the Fat of the Land off-road bicycling club has a few brief splendid months of life.

Dan Lopez, President; Jim Mann, Vice President; Deborah Hodges, Secretary; Doug Lee, Treasurer; Lee Berger, Ride Coordinator; Kathy Blaha, Newsletter Editor, with Doug Lee doing the layout; Amy Seidler, Membership Chair.

1991
The Snails make their first appearance at the Food Lion, and the Hot Line (847-8433) makes itsdebut. TOSRV South turns 10, with Amy Seidler directing it one last time. The Club donates $1,000 worth of bicycling books and videotapes to the Leon County Public Library. Greg Wilson is appointed as bicycle coordinator for the city of Tallahassee. No less than 13 Tallahasseeans goto Iowa to do RAGBRAI (but no one seems to do BRAG in those days, which is practically nextdoor). Doug Lee, truly an Ironman quality hero of labor for the Club (founding member, 10-year veteran of the newsletter, and treasurer for four years, not to mention ride leader for uncountable numbers of rides), departs Tallahassee at year’s end, but not before being decently roasted at a post-ride breakfast in his honor in the town of St. Marks.

Jim Mann, President; Donna Adams, Vice President; Karen Girard, Secretary; Doug Lee, Treasurer; Lee Berger, Ride Coordinator; Kathy Blaha, Newsletter Editor, with Doug Lee doing the layout; Amy Seidler, Membership Chair.

1992
Dues rise for the first time since the Club’s founding, from $8 to $12 for single membership, andthe Club budget is now $3,500. We become a USCF affiliate and solidify our ride categories,while the ride list grows to several pages in length. The Munson Hills Off-Road Trail becomesvery popular very quickly, and becomes a model of how to do such things that is later applicableto the Red Bug Trail. A commuting survey (the most ambitious newsletter project of all time)concludes that slightly over one-fourth of Club members sometimes ride their bikes to work, andthat a lack of showers at the workplace is more of a factor than are traffic or road conditions in keeping people from riding to work more often. On a 38 degree morning, 26 people show up foran off-road ride. Tallahassee gets bike cops, and there is talk of a Club bumper sticker beingavailable soon The first pick the winner of the Tour de France contest is won in a flourish by John Flynn, who correctly picks first, second, and third places! The Food Lion ride has 62 riders in early August, Scafidi’s Restaurant begins to eclipse La Fiesta as the place to go after the Friday Night Trail Ride, and the Bastille Day Ride and the Winter Solstice Century make their respectively quirky debuts on the local cycling scene. Kathy Blaha, the woman most responsible for the St. Marks Trail, five-year veteran as newsletter editor, and former president and secretary, leaves Tallahassee.

Jim Mann, President; Nancy Simmons, Vice President; K. C. Laiche, Secretary; Dennis Wirth, Treasurer; Tripp Andersen, Ride Coordinator; Robbie Brunger, Newsletter Editor, with Lisa Harris doing the layout; Charlie Hofacker, Membership Chair.

1993
The Club plays a pivotal role in creating and developing the Red Bug Trail, while planning beginson the Goose Pond Trail, and discussions begin on an even more speculative venture, the Carrabelle Trail. The Board talks a great deal about liability, but it also gives away $2,500 insupport of the bicycling education program in the Leon County schools. An article by E. M.Forster on bicycling appears in The Cyclist, the first of an occasional series of short pieces bygreat writers. Ken Schilling becomes the grand anjandrum of trash, supervising the Roberts Road cleanup. Membership peaks at 327, and we appoint our first off-road ride coordinator, Ken Foster . The Riders of the Future article in the November-December issue of The Cyclist is subsequently copied by three other bike club newsletters in Florida and nationally by Adventure Cycling. At least 15 Club members attend the Rails to Trails Conference in Dunedin. At the Christmas Party, the previous year’s resolutions were unexpectedly unearthed and read, prompting a certain amount of merriment and embarrassment.

Tripp Andersen, President; Lesa Dixon, Vice President; DickRogers, Secretary; Dennis Wirth, Treasurer; Elwood McElhaney, RoadRide Coordinator; Ken Foster, Off-road Ride Coordinator; Robbie Brunger, Newsletter Editor, with Lisa Harris doing the layout; Charlie Hofacker,Membership Chair.

1994
B-BoPP begins to promote bicycle commuting (and other alternatives to the single-occupancyvehicle), the Red Bug Trail opens, and TOSRV South offers a metric alternative that is very wellreceived. The Cyclist runs its first article on bicycling and the internet and now offers information on the hours of sunrise and sunset. John Birch carves a wooden Trail Head for the St. Marks Trail and also fixes childrens’ bikes in his spare time. Chez Pierre sponsors a Bastille Day bike race downtown, with some Club member articipation. Brenda Locke is killed in an in-town collision with a car. The Club picnic is canceled because of tropical storm flooding of Wakulla Springs. There are almost one-third as many riders from Tallahassee doing the Six Gap Century as the Spaghetti 100 (32 compared with 98).

Tripp Andersen, President; Christine McDannell, Vice President; Dick Rogers, Secretary; Elwood McElhaney, Treasurer; Trish Rogers, Road Ride Coordinator; Jack Shank, Off-road Ride Coordinator; Robbie Brunger, Newsletter Editor, with Lisa Harris doing the layout; Lisa Harris and Jane Ann Mann, Membership Co-chairs.

1995
TOSRV South has a new starting point, in Quincy; statistics show that TOSRV South brochuresgo to Tallahassee area folks (29%), elsewhere in Florida (37%), Georgia (24%), Alabama (2%),and elsewhere (8%). Mary Knight emerges as a true leader of snails, Neil Dimicali (and other Club members) appear regularly in a column in the Tallahassee Democrat, and Van Freed does an organized bike ride through Viet Nam. Club business cards make their debut, and the newsletter ad schedule is overhauled (from $40 for a full page to $9 for a business card ad). The Carrabelle Trail encounters stiff opposition, particularly in Wakulla County. At the September social at Shoney’s, 26 people watch with fascination as Ken Schilling shows us new tricks in changing tires. The Club withdraws its sponsorship of the Food Lion ride because it is too unsafe. Spaghetti 100 has 170 riders, including several doing the new easy rider 30 mile option.

Jim Mann, President; Dick Rogers, Vice President; Larry Pushor, Secretary; Elwood McElhaney, Treasurer; Trish Rogers, Road Ride Coordinator; Linc Clay, Off-road Ride Coordinator; Robbie Brunger, Newsletter Editor, with Lisa Harris doing the layout; Lisa Harris and Jane Ann Mann, Membership Co-chairs.

1996
On its 15th anniversary year, TOSRV South has 413 riders, magnificent weather, and a new shortcourse option. The Carrabelle Trail controversy heightens, while planning for the Goose Pond Trail continues, and a Miccosukee Canopy Road Greenway is under development. A task force prompts Club donations totaling $5,000 to the Leon County schools bicycle education program, and other worthy bicycle-related community projects. The Florida Legislature passes a mandatory helmet law for children under the age of 16. At least 14 Tallahasseeans do the Bike Ride Across Georgia (BRAG), and Dave Stotts proselytizes Mormons with bicycling literature. After being a staple item on the Club’s agenda since at least 1989, Larry Pushor just does it, and voila!: the Bylaws are finally made appropriately modern.

Larry Pushor, President; Neil Dimacali, Vice President; Amy Mann, Secretary; Elwood McElhaney, Treasurer; Trish Rogers, Road Ride Coordinator; Cindy Irvin and Tripp Andersen, Off-road Coordinator; Robbie Brunger, Newsletter Editor, with Lisa Harris doing the ayout; Lisa Harris and Jane Ann Mann, Membership Co-Chairs.