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  • OR99 Highway Plan Comments

    The Board, in its memo, praised ODOT for planning three-lane cross-sections for several sections of OR99. Even still, the Club has a long list of recommended improvements to ODOT’s Draft OR99 Rogue Valley Highway Plan, May 2014. Please forward your comments to Ian Horlacher. Emphasize, in your remarks, that OR99 is the only high-speed bike commuter route connecting all the communities in the Bear Creek Valley and that it should include bike lane designations throughout its length.

  • State Scenic Bikeway Coming to Southern Oregon

    Do you know that Oregon was the first state in the US to initiate a State Scenic Bikeway program? Recently Jenna Stanke spearheaded a proposal to have our iconic Mountain Lakes Loop designated as the first Scenic Bikeway in Southern Oregon. The route has been approved by the State Committee, but there are additional hoops to jump through. The Ashland Chamber of Commerce has recently approved the concept, and the next step is a public meeting to present the proposal to the public and answer questions. The meeting is Sep 30 at 6 pm at Pioneer Hall in Ashland. We should all attend the meeting to show our support and to ask any questions you may have.

    Proposed route:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2262835

    Scenic Bikeways:  http://rideoregonride.com/rides/scenic-bikeways/

    Scenic Bikeway program:  http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/index.aspx

     

  • Velo Club Seeks Fundraising/Event Coordinator

    The Velo Club is advertising a part-time position to coordinate such fundraising events as the Board may designate, including regional bike rides and/or other bicycle-related events.

    The position will include coordination and support of fundraising events (min 2/yr); work with Club committees composed of member volunteers; develop budgets and track expenses. Participate in Board or Committee meetings as necessary; assist the Board in community and sponsor outreach. Work to average 5 hrs/wk. Compensation dependent on qualifications & experience.

    For a full job description, see http://bit.ly/SV_Job_Desc . To be considered for the position please forward a cover letter and current resume to president@sisikyouvelo.org. Application deadline is September 27, 2014.

  • Needed - Ride Leaders

    Any Club member can lead a Club ride. The ride must be scheduled (either via the Club’s Google Group or on the Club’s ride schedule) and in that way, be open to all Club members. The ride leader must adhere to the Club’s Ride Leader Administrative Duties. These are primarily mandated by our insurance carrier except for the helmet requirement which is a Club participation standard. The Club doesn’t have any ride leader qualifications or experience requirements. However, the Club’s Board aspires to schedule and provide training to interested members.

    The Club really needs more ride leaders; at all speed and endurance levels. More members need to step-up to make that happen. Posting a ride is pretty simple and leading a ride is rewarding and easily done. It would be great if we had a ride on every day of the week at all ride levels. Please consider posting and leading a ride in the future.

    The Club’s insurance requires that all rides be supervised; i.e. lead by a ride leader. In this way, members participating on the ride are protected under the Club’s insurance. The insurance protections are significant; offering Club members participating in the ride, ride leader, and Board liability protection; legal representation; and up to $10,000 in medical out-of-pocket expenses for an injured cyclist (details).

  • Endurance Training & the Heart - a free lecture

    You’re invited to a free talk on 9/8/14 @ 6:30 PM at the Smullin Health Education Center presented by Dr. Brian Morrison of Southern Oregon Cardiology. Dr. Morrison will be discussing the latest research regarding the effect of endurance training on the heart. Contact Laura Imperia for more information.