Thursday, January 26, 2023

Siskiyou Velo

Southern Oregon's Premier Cycling Club

Club Activities in 2022

by Lisa Brill on Dec, 31 2022

As we approach 2023, I wish everyone health and happiness in 2023. It’s also a good time to review what our club accomplished in 2022. If you have any questions, ideas for activities in 2023, or want to get more involved, please email me at president@siskiyouvelo.org. Thank you.

2022 Summary of Siskiyou Velo Activities and Accomplishments 

  • Hosted a table at the Ashland Bike Swap in April to promote our club. A few club members helped clean and fix donated bicycles to be sold at the swap. Proceeds helped fund bike education in local elementary schools.
  • John Fries, Phil Kolczynski and Mark Moran highlighted with bright spray paint the bumps, cracks & other hazards on the Greenway pavement so that they are easier to see.
  • Local advocacy to promote safe and enjoyable cycling:
    • Invited members to provide input about the
      • Future of Bear Creek Greenway (April and August)
      • Medford’s Wayfinding Project – improved signage (March)
      • Multi-modal study of proposed improvements for cyclists and pedestrians in downtown Medford (August)
    • Developed and distributed a petition to show community support for infrastructure along HWY 99 to improve cycling & walking in the downtown corridor. 337 people signed the petition which we presented to the Medford City Council on November 3. We are hoping that Medford will create a bike lane along one section of Main Street in 2023 when re-paving is planned.
    • SV members and board members served on Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Jackson County Active Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Promoted the Ride the Rogue bike ride in September
  • Maintained a list on our website of organized bike rides in Oregon, Northern California and other states. https://www.siskiyouvelo.org/other-rides-and-events/ Thank you to Jeff Roberts.
  • Hosted a bike corral at the Bikes ‘n Brews bike ride on October 15. Club members kept an eye on 60 bikes while their owners enjoyed lunch and the Heart of the Rogue Festival.
  • Wrote and distributed a guide to hand signals for cyclists
  • Created business cards with a QR code to distribute to people and merchants. If you want a few to carry with you, please contact Lisa Brill at president@siskiyouvelo.org.
  • Offered 3 new levels of bike rides:
    • Easy Rider, thanks to Steve Nickel (although we need to find a new leader for 2023)
    • Thursday Hilly rides, thanks to Tony Hayes and John Fries
    • Explore Southern Oregon rides, thanks to Phil Kolczynski
  • Continued offering our standard club rides – VeloMelo, Saturday Brisk, Monday coffee, Wednesday coffee ride and Fred’s rides. Many thanks to our volunteer leaders: Bob MacCracken, Dennis Cramer, Fred Stapenhorst, George Stevens, John Fries, Julie MacDiarmid, Lisa Brill, Phil Kolczynski, Richard Handler, Robin Dressler, Steve Nickel, Tony Hayes, and Viki Brown.
  • Enjoyed ourselves at three social events: the June BBQ, August Ice Cream Social and December Holiday Party.

Plans for 2023 We will continue many of the club activities we initiated in 2022, and hopefully embark upon a few more. Broadly speaking, ideas for 2023 include:

  • Continue community advocacy to enhance the cycling experience. We will continue to work with Medford to encourage better bicycle facilities in the OR 99 corridor through the city.
  • Support standard club rides and identify a leader(s) for the EZ Rider group
  • Hold at least one general meeting on a topic of interest to club members
  • Write additional guidelines promoting cycling safety, rules of the road and technique
  • Provide a table and/or bike corral at local bike rides offered by other organizations
  • Offer social events
  • Promote the Siskiyou Velo at public events
  • If you have any ideas, please email Lisa Brill at president@siskiyouvelo.org

Meetings of the Board of Directors are open to members

Monthly board meetings are open to all members. They are held the fourth Tuesday of each month, 4:30 to 6:00 PM. They are held at the Medford Library and also accessible via Zoom. For details, please click here.

If you have any questions or ideas, please email me at president@siskiyouvelo.org. Thank you.

Lisa Brill, Siskiyou Velo President

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