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    Bicycling on Southern Oregon Streets Should Not Require Bravery

    Making Bicycling Safe for Everyone

  • Cyclists are identified as “obstructions" in the new Passing Law; we are Vehicle Operators under the Code, entitled to equal protection with motorists

    From Phil Kolczynski:

    When a new Vehicle Code provision affecting cyclists was to become law effective on Jan.1, 2024. I thought that SVC might be interested in finding any local articles analyzing the new law from a cyclist’s perspective and trying to improve drivers’ treatment of us on “their” roads.

    I submitted my Guest Opinion article below to the Editor-in-Chief of The Rogue Valley Times ON the morning of December 12th, 2023. I received a written apology from a senior editor at the Times a week later, notifying me that my article had “fallen into the proverbial cracks” but would be published verbatim as soon as possible in the Guest Opinion Column. My article emerged from the cracks and appeared in print on Dec. 21st.

    GUEST COLUMN: New law could benefit drivers, cyclistsrv-times.com

  • Priscilla and Jerry Rhoads, her Cycling Chauffer

    Priscilla is a cycling dog.  In the past 10 years she has often been seen on the roads between Colver Park and Talent.  Having missed only a few riding days in her life, it is estimated that she accumulated over 30,000 miles while being towed by a recumbent tricycle.  To accomplish this feat of endurance, she enlisted the aid of one of our Siskiyou Velo Club members, Jerry Rhoads.

    Jerry began preparing for the position of dog chauffer in 1975 when his brother talked him into training for a bicentennial crossing of the United States in 1976.  The brothers completed the event but were unable to get a ride back to California.  They turned their bikes around and re-crossed the US to get home.

    To further prepare himself for riding with Priscilla, Jerry participated in many super-endurance events.  He completed the daunting “Markleeville Death Ride” (130 miles and 16,000 feet of climbing in one day) several times.  He entered the famous “Paris-Brest-Paris” event (720 miles) and finished under the 90-hour limit.  Many years he rode over 15,000 miles – and that did not include the miles with the trailer and Priscilla.

    Over the years, Priscilla went through several bikes and at least three trailers but had only one man.  Priscilla took her last ride in early December.  A week later, Jerry was honored by the Velo Club for having been a member for over 30 years.  He smiled when he saw the framed certificate and quietly passed away a few days later, on December 26.

    Priscilla has now moved to California and regales her new dog friends with stories of cycling the roads of Oregon.

    Many thanks to Jerry’s good friend, Bill Tout, who wrote this memory of Jerry and Priscilla.

     

  • Oregon drivers can pass cyclists in no-passing zones starting in January

    Thanks to Gary Shaff for bringing this to our attention:

    From Oregon Public Broadcasting: https://www.opb.org/article/2023/12/12/pass-cyclist-oregon-law/

     

  • Update on Main Street project to Medford City Council

    See this Update on the Main Street restriping project from Public Works Director John Vial during the November 2nd City Council Meeting (Select “Main Street Restriping” at 23:39 from the content topics on the left).

  • Bikes N Brews

    The Brisk group did the Stout ride in the Bikes N Brews bicycle ride on October 14th.  This is a multi-route bicycle ride sponsored by the Downtown Medford Association.  The Stout ride is the longest ride and is 67 miles.  The route takes riders into Gold Hill and out into Sam’s Valley before returning to downtown Medford.  There were multiple aid stations along the way staffed by excited individuals.  These were well set-up, and all riders appreciated the aid and support of those at these rest stops.   Seven of us were in the Brisk group for the ride and the weather was very good for the route.  We observed the annual eclipse on the first hour of the ride and were able to see it due to a heavy blanket of fog without the normally necessary glasses.  After the eclipse, the sun came out and warmed everything and made the rest of the ride very enjoyable.

    BRISK Group at the end of the ride.