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    Bicycling on Southern Oregon Streets Should Not Require Bravery

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  • Larson Creek Trail to be extended from Ellendale to Black Oak in 2019

    This update is courtesy of the Medford Public Works Department.  I learned at the December BPAC (Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee) meeting that the Larson Creek Trail will be extended from Ellendale to Black Oak in 2019.  This trail currently goes from the Greenway (just under the freeway, south of Barnett)  to Ellendale. The project is now out to bid, and the estimated completion time is the end of 2019.

    This trail extension will allow bikers and pedestrians coming east from the Greenway to avoid busy Barnett.  That’s a very good thing.

    You can see the status of the project, including maps of the extension, on this Public Works project page.  You can also see all the Public Works projects here.

    The plan is to eventually extend this the Larson Creek Trail all the way to Phoenix Rd – no date yet for that, but you can see details of the plan on this page – click on Chapter 6.


  • Climate Change - what can you do?

    In addition to eating less meat, you can also use your bike more frequently – especially for short trips around town.

    See more at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ampstories/climatesteps/index.html

  • Update on "driver in fatal crash berated cyclists"

    Here is the latest news release on this story from the Bend Bulletin, dated Nov 26:

    Original article from the Bend Bulletin on Jan 16: http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/5924369-151/prosecution-driver-in-fatal-crash-berated-cyclists.

    I’m posting this just so people are aware of the attitude of some motorists.  Be careful out there.

  • Strava - What We Can Learn From Statistics

    A December 1 article by Jordan Smith in Bicycling Magazine includes a story analyzing aggregate data for all Strava users during the past year. The story is available HERE.

    Strava is an on-line record keeping service for athletes of all kinds; cyclists, runners, nordic skiers, swimmers, or gym rats, etc. It’s likely that you can use Strava to keep track of your rides if you use a bike computer or have a smart phone (just download the Strava app). Using Strava, you can easily keep track of your rides; ride to ride, month to month or year to year to compare mileage, average speed, or fastest speed on a particular segment, or to compare your performance to others. Strava (Garmin Connect or Ride with GPS) is another way to maintain motivation and interest in the sport that we all love.

    Bicycling Magazine reports that “if you’re 60 to 69 years old, you must be in your cycling prime. Both men and women in this age group in the U.S. logged the longest average rides. Men ages 70-plus logged the second most miles, and women ages 70-plus came in third for their gender, proving age is just a number. Cyclists made a major impact on the environment both globally and in the U.S. Bike commutes were up almost 43 percent worldwide and 31 percent in the U.S. These commuters reduced their carbon footprint and offset 1.2 billion pounds of CO2 globally.”


    You can join “Siskiyou Velo on Strava,” our on-line bike club. There are currently 41 members and growing. Log-in to Strava and then search for Clubs to find and join Siskiyou Velo on Strava.

  • Planning the Future of Bicycling in Medford

    The Medford Mail Tribune published a guest editorial titled “Planning the Future of Bicycling in Medford” on October 28.

    The Medford Transportation System Plan (TSP) Update for 2018 to 2038 was approved by the Medford City Council on Nov 1 by a vote of 5 to 3.  As discussed in the guest editorial, Siskiyou Velo has advocated over the last year for Medford to explicitly include standards for safe and convenient bicycle facilities for people of all ages and abilities in the TSP Update.

    Though we were unsuccessful in convincing the City to include those standards explicitly, the Update does include references to those standards as well as examples of street cross sections with separated bike lanes, among the safest cycling facilities available.  During the question and answer period following Siskiyou Velo’s oral testimony, one City Councilor encouraged Siskiyou Velo to continue working with the City for safer and more convenient bicycle facilities.  Another Councilor who voted against adoption of the TSP Update gave, as one of the reasons for her no vote, the need for a more extensive bicycle and pedestrian network in her Ward.

    We will continue to advocate for a safer and more convenient bicycle network in Medford and the entire Rogue Valley.