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CSCC members: The holiday party is dec. 10

You're invited to enjoy a delicious catered Buffet Dinner at the Satellite Hotel to celebrate the holidays at the 30th Annual CSCC Holiday Party. Club and community members will be recognized, and entertainment provided. There will be Holiday fun for all.
Time: 5:00 pm Social Hour withappetizers
6:00 pm Dinner* followed by program, dancing and socializing
Attire: Festive Casual
Cost: $20.00 per person by November 15, 2014
$25.00 per person by November 30, 2012
$30.00 per person by December 7, 2012
5 years old and under are free
Children 6-10 years old $15
Over 10 years old adult pricing
NOTE: if you did not receive your invitation, contact Bill Gast at bghatman@msn.com

Christmas lights ride

On Thursday December 15, we'll ride around the Old North End touring the homes and streets decorated with Christmas lights. This ride has become popular over the last few years, and if you join us, you'll see why! Please arrive by 4:45 p.m. so we can depart at 5:00 p.m. Like the parade, this is another chance to decorate your bike with Christmas lights. Don't forget to have a headlight and tail light attached in addition to any Christmas lights.
Please bring a dish to share for a pre-ride snack or the post-ride chili get together. RSVP on Meetup so we can have enough chili for all - thanks!

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CDOT launches the RoadX Bicycle and Pedestrian Challenge - $500,000 in prizes for your ideas

The Colorado Department of Transportation is launching the RoadX Bicycle and Pedestrian Challenge. This effort is designed to address the unique safety needs of bicyclists and pedestrians.

The RoadX Bicycle and Pedestrian Challenge is a partnership with the Colorado Innovation Network (COINS)'s Imagine Colorado in an endeavor to utilize innovative technology to improve the state's transportation system. This Challenge is asking entrepreneurs, idea makers, communities and others to develop inventive technological solutions to protect bicyclists and pedestrians in Colorado. A total of $500,000 will be awarded to winners of the Challenge.

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let'em know you love it - buffered bike lanes on research parkway

As you probably know, the City has a buffered bike lane demonstration project in place on Research Parkway. The stretch between Chapel Hills Drive and Austin Bluffs Parkway has been converted from a 6-lane road to a 4-lane road with buffered bike lanes. It is glorious to ride.

The vocal opposition minority is really shouting their displeasure however, flooding the media and our city leaders' inboxes with emotional, negative letters and emails complaining about this change. The cycling community's view needs to be heard, or the City may choose to abandon this project and revert Research back to a 6-lane freeway when the road is resurfaced next year. And - the City will not be likely to attempt projects of this nature in the future as well.

If you want to see better cycling infrastructure in Colorado Springs, please take a moment to send an email to our City leaders, the Gazette, and "like" and comment on the Facebook pages of the groups that are supporting this project. I have also included some "talking points," facts released by the City of Colorado Springs on the subject.
Your letters and notes need not be long, just let our leaders and the media know you support them in this decision to move forward with the changes to our roadways.
Thank you!
Click More>>> for contact info and talking points.


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11/19/2016

I just got home from the “Ride on Research” in support of the buffered bike lanes demonstration project on research parkway. About 40 riders braved the cold (and warmed up on the hills) to show support of the City of Colorado Springs’ effort to slow traffic speeds on Research and provide alternative transportation opportunities. It was quite nice to have the separation between the bike lane and traffic, and many of us enjoyed a pizza at Pizza Time afterward. I’m very thankful to all of the folks who supported and organized this. We just might do a day of riding like this again…

CSCC will have a table at the last Outdoor Sports & Rec Expo of the year on November 30 at the Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave.  Other vendors may include e-bikes, USA Cycling, standup paddleboarding, skiing, and many more.  Please stop by and say "Hi"! If you have time to help at the table, please contact Sara Hill.

Turkey Day is coming, and the “Tour de Turkey” Sunday Social ride is November 20. We will be collecting non-perishable food items for local food banks. Who knows-maybe we will stop at a grocery store along the route? A can of soup fits nicely in a jersey pocket. Also Manitou Springs is holding a Christmas Parade on November 26. Torie from the Buffalo Lodge has an entry – decorate your bike and join her! Details on Meetup https://www.meetup.com/Colorado-Springs-Cycling-Club/events/ .

Tickets are on sale for the 2016 CSCC Holiday Party, held this year at the Satellite Hotel on December 10, starting at 5 p.m. If you haven’t received the email invite, contact myself, Bill Gast, or Sara Hill. It will be fully catered by Aspen Pointe, and you may bring your own adult beverages.  We will have a silent auction, and some awards to give out. The first order of jerseys is expected to ship in time for distribution at the Holiday Party (or you can pick yours up at a different location to be announced). We will have some extras, if you need to switch sizes, or would like to purchase an additional jersey. If you like to decorate for the holidays, please contact me about joining us earlier on December 10 to help us add a festive touch to the party room.

Bundle up, charge the batteries on your bike lights, and head out for the Christmas Lights Ride, an evening ride to view the lights downtown on December 15. Afterwards there will be hot chocolate and chili at Chris Conboy’s “Garage Mahal”... CSCC has a slot in the Downtown Parade of Lights on December 3. Decorate your bike with lights and ride with us! If you'd like to ride during the day, check out the 1st Annual Cycling Santa 15K Bike Ride. You'll ride from America the Beautiful Park to the Buffalo Lodge Bike Resort, support the Empty Stocking Fund with your entry fee, AND instead of a t-shirt, you get a Santa suit! And a BEARD! Use the promo code “Torie” to get a 20% discount, and note “CSCC” on your registration to have 10% of your registration go to CSCC. Check the Meetup calendar.

Changes are afoot for next year. The El Paso County Citizen’s Service Center will NOT be the location for our monthly meetings any longer. The meeting location for the January 3 meeting is still TBD. And, we will be changing the start location for the Sunday Social and Sunday Social-Lite rides to the parking lot on the north side of the Clarion Hotel downtown after the first of the year. Stay tuned!

We have much to be thankful for –lots of newly paved roads and trail connections, the first bicycle resort in Colorado (go Buffalo Lodge!), new friends to ride with thanks to Meetup, and of course, all of our friends and family. Have a joyous Thanksgiving, be safe, and “come along for the ride!”
Janine Hegeman
President
CSCC