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    April 2015
    • Downtown Ashland Bike Lane Proposal
    • Bikewash & Bar-B-Q Rescheduled
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  • What Does this Sign Tell You?

    Safe Passing Distance w exceptions copy

    And why have you never seen it on the roadside? It would seem like a more effective message than “share the road.”

  • Second Annual Bike Wash and BBQ Bash

    The party begins on Saturday, April 25 at noon after the Club ride (or in place of the mid-ride coffee stop). So roll those bikes out of the garage, join a ride and then treat one of your bikes or your entire fleet to a thorough cleaning of frame, drive train and wheels.

    The BBQ ( from 1:00 to 3:00) will consist of hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage dogs and veggie burgers. Soft drinks, coffee, tea, water and desserts will also be served. If you’re not riding, come along anyway with or without the bike for a good time. The cost of the meal is $5 (exclusive of the bike wash), and the bike wash is $10 (exclusive of the meal). Nonmembers will pay $7 for the meal. The address is Tom and Linda Ryan’s home at 3015 Beall Lane, Central Point . If the driveway is full, there is plenty of parking on Sunnyvale Street, around the corner.

    Also we will have a table set up for a yard sale of unwanted and gently used bike items. For anyone wanting to get rid of those items by donating them to the Club, bring them along. Proceeds will benefit the Family Fun Rides,co-sponsored by the Club and the Rogue Valley Transportation District.

    Please register at http://www.planetreg.com/E31023345215312 so that we know how much food to buy.

  • Insecurity and Bad Health Makes People Stop Cycling

    A project by the Danish Cyclists’ Federation and the DaneAge Association has studied the factors that make people aged 50+ stop cycling, and what can be done to make them start again.

    Barriers and Potential for Taking up Cycling Again
    Most common reasons to stop cycling
    • I had health problems
    • I started to feel insecure in traffic
    Factors that can contribute to get them to take up cycling again
    • Improved health conditions including physical ability
    • A secure traffic environment
    • If I got an electrical bicycle

    Bad health and a sense of insecurity in traffic are the main contributing factors that make people stop cycling. But these same factors could get people cycling again. It seems possible to actively overcome the health part for some respondents since around 38 % of the respondents think that an electrical bicycle would get them to cycle again.

    Overall, the responses show that heavy vehicles and cars with high speed create insecurity. Prioritizing green areas as well as having an infrastructure which contributes with security and comfort, like cycling paths, traffic lights, and good surfaces, is important for the elderly people.

  • Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway

    The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public meeting on the proposed Oregon Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway from 5:30-6:30 p.m., April 22nd at the Ashland City Council Chambers, 1175 East Main St.

    The proposed 55-mile-long Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway starts at Garfield Park in Ashland and travels up the Green Springs Highway to Hyatt Lake Road, past Hyatt Lake and Howard Prairie Reservoir, and finishes with a descent of Dead Indian Memorial Highway to connect back to the starting point in Ashland. Basically, the designation is a statewide acknowledgement of our beloved Lakes Loop.

    In addition to attending the meeting, you can also send your letter of support (assuming that you do) to Alexandra Phillips at alex.phillips@oregon.gov or by mail to:
    Alexandra Phillips, Bicycle Recreation Specialist
    Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
    725 Summer Street NE Suite C
    Salem, OR 97301

    If you’d like to read what others had to say check-out:

    http://www.siskiyouvelo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Club-CSSB-letter-of-support.docx

    http://www.siskiyouvelo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/GS-CSSB-letter-of-support-ver-2.docx

  • Weigh-in on Criteria for Selecting Future Bike Projects

    The Oregon Department of Transportation, ODOT, is soliciting public input on criteria to be used in selecting bicycle and pedestrian projects in the Portland area. ODOT has choosen the Portland area as a “pilot” project to create a statewide “framework for identifying projects to advance as future funding opportunities become available.” While Southern Oregon is not included, bicycle and pedestrian advocates from this area can still offer their comments on the “project selection criteria.” To learn more go to Region 1 – Active Transportation Open House or go directly to the priority ranking criteria, questionnaire by clicking here. The Open House and the opportunity to offer your input on the ranking criteria closes on April 19.