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    January 2015
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  • Ride Leaders Needed

    The Club enjoys a loyal core of ride leaders, for which, we are grateful. But periodically, we have too few ride leader volunteers and, at those times, we are unable to offer a ride at one or more speed/endurance groups. That is the case now with the 10 – 13 mph (20 or so miles), and 14 – 16 mph (30 – 50 miles) groups. If you typically ride at either of those  speed/endurance levels and might be inclined to lead a ride or two, please contact Dennis Cramer, Ride Chair. He can give you the low-down on what is involved and get you started (including posting the ride on the Club’s website and using the Club’s Google Ride Group).

    Look for a future announcement, in the coming months, of a Club sponsored ride leader ed/training course.

  • Club Board Elects 2015 Officers

    New Club officers are listed on the “Club Board“ page of the website.

  • Club Board Meeting

    The next Velo Club Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Southern Oregon Brewing, 1922 United Way, Medford, OR 97504. Members are welcome.

  • Bear Creek Greenway - Rules to Ride By

    A report earlier this week describing a pedestrian injury on a multi-use path in Clackamas County serves as a reminder to:

    1. be aware of and courteous to other Bear Creek Greenway (BCG) users,
    2. ride at a speed that reflects the conditions (but not more than 15 mph),
    3. buy and use a bell (or your voice) to forewarn other users of the BCG of your approach,
    4. slow down when passing people walking and be especially cautious when they have a dog, and
    5. always drive defensively.
    6. If in doubt – refer to item 1, above.

    Here’s a more extensive story about conflicts on multi-use paths.

  • DeFazio, Norton, and Larsen Take on Dangerous Street Design

    Oregon’s 4th District Representative, Congressman Peter DeFazio and colleagues Representative Norton, and Representative Larsen are asking the Government Accounting Office to investigate “the relationship between vehicle speed and roadway fatalities” and more specifically, “challenges that states face in improving pedestrian and cyclist safety (including roadway design speeds and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guidelines for road design)” — particularly “the effects of the common road engineering standard that sets speed limits at the rate 85 percent of drivers would use under regular conditions.“ In their letter they state ”[W]e are concerned that conventional engineering practices have encouraged engineers to design roads at 5-15 miles per hour faster than the posted speed for the street. This typically means roads are designed and built with wider, straighter lanes and have fewer objects near the edges, more turn lanes, and wider turning radii at intersections. While these practices improve driving safety, a suspected unintended consequence is that drivers travel faster when they feel safer. Greater speeds can increase the frequency and severity of crashes with pedestrians and cyclists who are moving at much slower speeds and have much less protection than a motorized vehicle affords.“

    Please email FHWA imploring them to update the non-interstate highway standards to prioritize safety for all road users, over vehicle speed and convenience. Adding, updated standards should embody the goal of eliminating pedestrian and cyclist deaths. Zero is the only acceptable number!

    Full text of the letter