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  • 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.

    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.” The table below and your own measure of how far you can see through the smoke (i.e. visibility) can be used to determine air quality in areas not served by monitoring stations.

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    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.

  • August 5 Board Meeting

    The Club’s Board will meet at Pascal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Rd., Talent, at 6:30 on August 5. The meeting agenda and minutes of the prior meeting 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.

  • Club Ice Cream Social

    Our annual Ice Cream Social is coming up on August 15. Ice cream, bike riders and bike talk: what can be better? No charge! Ice cream will be served between 11 and 2, so rides of any distance and pace may plan their itineraries accordingly. Check-out the Club’s ride schedule for ride start times. Or just ride in by yourself with your family for ice cream and socializing.

    A special thanks to Tom Ryan, the Club’s Social Events Chair, and Linda Ryan for planning and organizing the event, and to the ride leaders for helping to make the Ice Cream Social our most popular event.

  • Talent Family Fun Ride

    The Talent Ride, the third in a five ride series, is slated for July 25 at 10:30 am. The event will take place at Chuck Roberts Park and include great prize giveaways – donated by the Club’s local bike shop members. The safety talk and short bike ride will boost participants’ knowledge and confidence riding on streets and trails. It’ll be fun – with the prizes and the joy of riding a bike with others on a summer’s day in Southern Oregon.

  • Club's Featured Rides

    Thirty-three percent of the Club’s featured rides portfolio is now included on RideOregonRide.com – a statewide clearing house of bicycle routes. If you or a friend are planning to cycle in areas outside of Southern Oregon, the Oregon Tourism Commission’s website is good place to start your search for top ranked routes. The Club’s contributions are helping to make the State a world class cycling destination. It also makes me proud to be a member of Siskiyou Velo and to call Southern Oregon home. (A special thanks to Spencer Grey, the Club’s webmaster, and Dennis Cramer for creating the original content).