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  • All Ages and Abilities

    All Ages and Abilities
    Bicycling on Southern Oregon Streets Should Not Require Bravery

    Making Bicycling Safe for Everyone

  • A BAG - Plan to Attend

     

    A meeting of the Ashland BAG (bicycle advocacy group) is scheduled for February 17 at 6:30 pm in the Ashland Library, Gresham Room. The BAG will serve to build public support for “all ages and abilities” bicycle facilities in Ashland.

    The BAG’s efforts will focus on building community consensus that modifying and reconstructing the transportation system is essential to ensure that all modes of travel (autos, pedestrians, public transit users, and people riding bicycles) are safe especially for youth and seniors.

    Please join the BAG and others who envision a transportation system in Ashland that is safe (vision zero),and convenient, where auto congestion and excessive auto parking demand are minimized, and where bicycles (a mode of transportation that is carbon neutral, efficient, fun, and promotes human and economic health) is viable for everyone, every day to everywhere. The BAG’s initiative coincides with the City’s update of its Transportation System Plan.

     

     

  • Membership Meeting: Velo's All Ages and Abilities in Ashland

    Please come to the first membership meeting of 2020. It will also serve as a public forum to identify strategies to ensure that Ashland makes its bicycle facilities safe; safe for everyone to ride a bicycle to everywhere.

    February 10, 6:30 pm

    Ashland Public Library, Gresham Room

     

    For more information see: https://www.siskiyouvelo.org/public-forum-all-ages-and-abilities-in-ashland/ 

  • Revitalize Downtown Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting Tonight!

    This year, the City of Ashland is undertaking a Downtown Revitalization project to “improve the sense of community and place while creating an affordable, safe, and functional multi-use transportation network in the downtown core.” The project will amend the City’s Transportation System Plan (“2034 TSP”) (PDF), which was adopted in 2012 and establishes Ashland’s transportation development priorities through 2034. The 2034 TSP sets a goal of expanding active transportation infrastructure to encourage non-auto travel (p. 33; Goal #1, Objective 1B) to lead Oregon and the nation toward adopting “green” transportation infrastructure.

    The plan also prioritizes safety for all modes of travel by, among other objectives, “[s]trategically plan[ning] for safety and operational improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians” and by reducing bicycle/pedestrian crashes by 50% within 20 years (p. 34; Goal #2, Objectives 2C, 2H).

    From Ashland 2034 Transportation System Plan, adopted October 2012:

     Goal #1: Create a “green” template for other communities in the state and nation to follow.
    Objective 1b: Expand active transportation infrastructure to include features that encourage non-auto travel. Potential features include bicycle boulevards, bicycle lanes, wider bicycle trails, and improved lighting for bicycles and pedestrians.
    Goal #2: Make safety a priority for all modes of travel.
    Objective 2C: Strategically plan for safety and operational improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians.
    Objective 2H: Reduce the frequency of bicycle and pedestrian related crashes in the City of Ashland by 50% in the next 20 years.

    Last year, Siskiyou Velo and several dedicated club members campaigned to urge the City of Medford to integrate NACTO’s All Ages & Abilities (PDF) contextual bicycle design into its TSP update so that a safe and connected bicycle network in Medford is prioritized. As a result, the NACTO document was included as an addendum to Medford’s TSP. Yet until we realize safe and connected bicycle networks throughout the Rogue Valley, our work is not yet complete.

    The Club’s board has approved and submitted a letter to the Revitalize Downtown Ashland Citizen Advisory Committee outlining our position on All Ages & Abilities and urging the City to implement a safe and connected bicycle network that will lead to achieving its stated transportation and safety goals. A comprehensive bicycle network designed to prioritize safety and improve personal mobility for all is the only way we can achieve this vision of a green Ashland that prioritizes the safety of its residents and visitors while creating a livable, vibrant community that will continue to promote economic vitality.

    Please join us in support of downtown revitalization planning that truly embraces the visionary ideals of the Ashland community. ASHLAND RESIDENTS: Will you please attend the public meeting of the Citizen Advisory Committee tonight, January 8 at the City Council Chambers at 1175 East Main Street scheduled to start at 4PM.

    Velo 1_2020 Memo to Revitalize Ashland Downtown_Final

  • First 2020 Ride

    The Velo Melo group had the first ride of the year on January 4th.  They road through the orchards behind Phoenix and 15 people participated along the route.  The photo shows 8 of the 15 riders.  It was a cold but sunny day and a good way to start out the new year 2020.

    L to R:  Lisa B, Julie MacD, Rich LV, Steve N, Steve B, Gina S, Robin D, and Debbie R

  • SV Board Voting Results

    Voting for the SV Board ended Dec 5.  The results are:

    Summary:

    TOTAL Voting Members: 33

    SV Board members for 2010:

    Harlan Bittner, Dennis Cramer, John Fries, Alan Hubbard, Jennifer MacCracken, Jeff Roberts, Ann Smith, Mike Vergeer, Matt Walker, Frank Hoeper

    Totals for each candidate including write-ins:

    32 Harlan Bittner
    33 Dennis Cramer
    32 John Fries
    32 Alan Hubbard
    33 Jennifer MacCracken
    32 Jeff Roberts
    32 Ann Smith
    32 Mike Vergeer
    33 Matt Walker
    01 Frank Hoeper

    The Board will meet in January and assign individual Board positions.