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    August 2015
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  • Club Board September Meeting

    The Club’s Board will meet at Standing Stone, 101 Oak St., Ashland at 6:30 on September 2. The meeting agenda and related materials are posted under the “members only” tab within the “Governing Documents” page. Members will need to sign-in to the website to view this content. Members are welcome to attend.

  • Tour of Montana, Idaho & Washington

    Wednesday, August 12 is the Velo Club meeting featuring Dennis Cramer’s recent tour of three states. Jake’s Wayback Burgers at 1251 E. McAndrews at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy a burger and a brew while watching great footage and reminiscences of Dennis’ adventure.

  • Ed / Training Course Offerings

    The Club is offering members an opportunity to bolster their “streets smarts” and bike handling skills with a series of courses that are sure to be popular. Members can check-out the offerings by logging into the site (user name and password) and navigating to “Club Members Only” and clicking on “2015 Education/Training.” Courses to be offered include: Ride Leader Training, Bike Handling Skills, and Group Riding. All are exclusively for and free to members. In order to participate, students must successfully complete the on-line Traffic Skills 101 course offered at BikeEd.org.

  • Pedal America

    Finding the smoke too loathsome but sill wanting to experience cycling? Public Television’s seven episode program, Pedal America, may offer inspiration and ideas for your next out-of-area cycling experience or show what is possible here at home. Check it out.

  • Air Quality - Fire Season

    There is little doubt that fire season has arrived in the Pacific Northwest.

    The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) maintains air quality monitoring stations throughout the State, several of which are in Southern Oregon. These collect current air quality data at the monitoring site and are reported based upon an Air Quality Index (AQI) and are posted here. Smoke forecasts are available at Oregon Smoke Information.

    DEQ reminds us that “local smoke levels can rise and fall rapidly, depending on weather factors including wind direction. People can conduct a visual assessment of smoke levels to quickly get a sense of air quality and take precautions.” This link details the relationship between visibility and air quality.

    An article by Ben Greenfield entitled Exercise and Air Pollution provides food for thought and may help you to understand the implications of cycling (or doing other forms of outdoor exercise) during air stagnation events.