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There aren't many places around with views like you get on the Mt. Ashland Road. Once you clear the initial mile you are thousands of feet above the landscape below and the horizon...
The Lakes Loop
The Lakes Loop is a great training ride in the weeks before the Mountain Lakes Challenge (MLC). It incorporates all of the really hard parts of the MLC and still gets in roughly 50 mile...
The ride to Applegate Lake and back is possible at just about any time of the year, it just so happens that it's about the best moderate length ride to open the season in the sprin...
Salmon River Loop
If any ride speaks to the rugged beauty of the State of Jefferson, the very challenging Salmon River Loop does it in spades. This 100 mile loop is in the middle of one of the least deve...
The Woodrat ride is a great intermediate length loop that quickly takes you out of the populated Rogue Valley into a forrested rural area. The ride is roughly 46 miles with 3000 feet of...
Galice to Wolf Creek Loop
Ride goes from Galice Resort to Wolf Creek. This is a scenic route along the Rogue River and Graves Creek for much of the route. There are many miles on Graves Creek Road that is a si...
Conde Creek Loop
The Conde Creek Loop is one of the harder rides the Club will run each year. It is very similar to the Cedar Flats/Deer Creek Loop in that it is generally a rolling/flat ride with one v...
Crater Lake Loop
This is probably the classic ride in Southern Oregon. It brings everything a rider could want to the table. It's a short 33 mile loop around the lake with several options for start...
Ashland Watershed Loop
Nothing about this ride is ordinary; the road is single-lane decomposed granite, the route is remote (like cycling in the wilderness), and the surrounding landscape is breath-taking. Yo...
Cedar Flats/Deer Creek
Experienced cyclists who've exhausted all of the possible rides and loops in the Medford/Ashland area may not be aware of this very challening loop south of Grants Pass. Like the C...
Cantrall Park Loop
The route up to the top of Cantrall Road is strenuous but worth the effort. You climb through thick fir forests mixed with madrone trees. The average gradient of the climb is 8.9% wi...
The road to Anderson Gap is one of only a few paved one lane roads that climb into the mountains above the Bear Creek Valley. It does this in spectacular fashion. I enjoy hard climbs. A...
Butte Falls Prospect
The Butte Falls/Prospect Loop is an amazing ride into the cascades. It has some good climbing - nothing that will break the legs - and superb scenery. Traditionally the club rides will...
Applegate Dam via Sterling Creek
This route leaves from Jacksonville and starts to climb immediately on Cady Road. Once at the top of Cady you make a left onto Sterling Creek Road. The climb from Jacksonville to the...
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The Club’s Board, at its November meeting, formally asked Jackson County to amend the County’s Transportation System Plan to include bike lanes on rural roads (as distinct from road shoulders or separated multi-use paths) where volumes and speeds are moderate to high. The County’s existing Plan provides for bike lanes only on urban roads (i.e. White City) where sidewalks are present on both sides of the road. Bike lanes are a common part of city streets but not in the County (except in White City).
The Board also asked that the County to post signs that explicitly inform auto/truck drivers of the requirements of ORS 811.065 (which sets a required separation distance for auto/truck drivers when passing bicycles where auto/truck vehicle speeds are greater than 35 MPH and no bike lane exists). Just imagine how pleasant bike riding in the County would be if drivers passed consistent with the law (Figure 2) as contrasted to what our, all too common, experience is today (Figure 1). ORS 811.065 has been on the books since 2007. Isn’t about time that the County (and the State) started helping auto/truck drivers to realize their legal obligations and, thereby, improve our safety and comfort when cycling on rural roads? The illustration at right (which you’ll need to click on to actually read – sorry) illustrates the required legal standards for passing in different roadway environments.
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If you missed the Club’s membership meeting earlier this month you’ll have another opportunity to experience “Bicycles down the Valley: 1890 – 1910” on Wednesday, November 18, from 12 – 1, at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard. The noon lecture will be presented by Amy Drake of the Southern Oregon Historical Society.
A July 14, 1893 Medford Mail article stated that “Bicycling is the nearest to flying that human ingenuity has yet approached.” This historical tidbit and many others that Amy will share are sure to delight.
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Some expect wintery weather to take its toll on cyclists’ interest in cycling. Not here! Visitors to the Club’s website just set a new record of 126 unique visitors in a single day. The previous record , 96 visitors in a single day, was set on July 27, 2015.
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The Club’s Board will meet at Schoolhaus Brewhaus in Jacksonville at 6:30 on November 4. 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.
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State statutes state that recklessly (i.e. reckless driving) “means that a person is aware of and consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the result will occur or that the circumstance exists. The risk must be of such nature and degree that disregard thereof constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would observe in the situation.”
Today, a group of cyclists (three to be exact) were passed, so close, that there was no more than one foot between the vehicle (a big pick-up) and the bicycles. Oregon law, ORS 811.065, requires that a driver pass a bicycle (when vehicle speed is above 35 and there is no bike lane) with enough room to avoid the cyclists if he/she were to fall over and into the roadway. Clearly the driver violated that law but was he driving in a reckless manner. I think he was. Would you agree?
Some auto drivers give more room to a dead skunk than to a cyclist. Seems like we have a law enforcement problem.
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