June/July 2016
Volume 9 Issue 3

Editors’ Comments

Sharon Boyd & Dale Campbell: Editors



WOW!  It’s really starting to feel like Spring (now that we have about three weeks “officially” remaining of Spring).  This realization that we may actually be getting into the typical cycling season is reflected by the number of bicycles we’re seeing out on the road these days.  And, as an even better check of cycling activity, check out the information Charlie Czar has provided in his National Bike Challenge article included in this edition of The Bent Fork.
 
Continuing our celebration of 30 years of cycling for the Club, we have included a couple of articles with recollections of the first decade of CSCC.  And if you’re interested in learning even more about the time from 1987 through 1996, sample some of the older newsletters of the Club (Those were the days when the newsletters were actually printed  - on paper – and snail mailed out to the Club members.  My how times have changed!).  These newsletter archives can be found at http://www.bikesprings.org/newsletter.php   Take a look at the November 1994 edition and you’ll see that your newsletter editors rode quite a few miles that year.
 
This edition also has a multitude of articles on other topics, including Bike Tech, Colorado Bike month and related events, planned and potential upcoming rides, news about upcoming Club meetings and Ride leader training sessions, Ride Leader recognition, cyclists versus motorists and many others.
 
Thanks for taking a look at what we have provided for you.  We hope you enjoy the news updates and variety of topics that are being covered in our bi-monthly publication.  As always, if you have any suggested topics or articles you’d like to submit, please send them to us!
 

Learn About the City Bike Planner at the Next Club Meeting

Rich Hostak: Vice President

Kate Brady, Senior Bike Planner for the city will be the speaker for the Tuesday, 7June meeting, talking about her background,  her vision to make  Colorado Springs a more bike friendly city, and her ideas to move forward.  The meeting will be held at the El Paso County Citizens Center on Garden of the Gods Road.  Social time will begin at 6pm, with the meeting starting at 6:30pm.
 
Note that there will not be a meeting in July.  Instead of the regular monthly meeting, the Club will be focusing on the Annual Summer Picnic.  Stay tuned to the Club website and Meetup for more details on this fun summer happening.

Ride Leader Training Scheduled

Jean Zeh: Ride Committee


The CSCC Ride Committee has created a Ride Leader Course to provide formal information and practice to create greater confidence and consistency throughout our rides and ride program for both current ride leaders and those members interested in becoming a ride leader. The course is based on the League of American Bicyclists Safe Cycling 123 educational program, which has been adapted to specifically address the needs of ride leaders.  It also includes Ride Leader guidelines specific to CSCC ride leadership found in a ride leader manual developed by CSCC’s own Dale Campbell.
 
This course has two modules.  First, a class room session lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes, which we are offering on 2 weekday evenings (see schedule below).  Second is an experiential on-road and parking lot skills practice session (see schedule below).  This session will happen on the weekend and will last 2 hours.
 
We encourage and expect CSCC Ride Leaders and Club members who are interested in becoming Ride Leaders to take one each of the class room module and skills practice session. The sessions can be taken in either order.  After completion of the two module series you will receive a certificate.  If you can take only one of the series this summer go ahead and take it now as we anticipate offering the 2 modules periodically throughout the year.  Our goal is to have all CSCC Ride Leaders take both modules, completing the course, resulting in more capability for the Club for leading CSCC rides.
 
Current Ride Leaders, besides taking the course yourself, can identify appropriate and interested members riding your rides and personally suggest that they take the course and call their attention to this information.
 
Register on Meetup. You must RSVP for your modules on Meetup to attend! http://www.meetup.com/Colorado-Springs-Cycling-Club/

Here's the Schedule for the Training

The CSCC Logo Is Changing

Dale Campbell: Co-Editor



If you’ve been following the Club news that Janine has been sending to the members, you may remember a recent contest to develop a new logo for the Club.  With the deadline for submissions now passed (it was 15 May), the Board recently reviewed the multiple submissions and narrowed the selection to four designs.  In the near future, a survey will be set up on the Club website, enabling you to vote for your favorite design.  Stay tuned for an update from the Club President.
 
By the way, the new logo will be used on a new Club jersey that is presently being designed.  This Club Jersey (the fourth in the history of the Club) will commemorate 30 years of cycling with the Club.

BVBF is STILL Happening!

Janine Hegeman: President

YES, on 4 June!   Want to have a great time cycling and know that you are helping out CSCC while doing so? Then register for the Buena Vista Bike Fest. As most of you know BVBF was put on by our club for the past 17 years. However this year it is being put on by the Buena Vista Rotary Club. As part of our agreement in transferring rights to this event, CSCC gets a small kickback for every registered rider.  Please go to www.bvbf.org to register.

Come Join Us in Estes Park!

Dave VanDerWege: Event Organizer

Are you interested in cycling another area of Colorado with friends from CSCC?  Then come join us as we explore Estes Park during the weekend of 11-12 June.  This ride event is two days of riding, Saturday and Sunday, from Estes Park Colorado. The YMCA of the Rockies will be the host accommodations facility and rides start at that location at 9:30 AM each day.  The routes have been selected so they are moderate in distance and with as little climbing as possible for the Colorado Mountains. 
 
Saturday’s ride will be a loop around Estes Park, finishing with a trip into Rocky Mountain National Park, of 30 miles with 2900 Ft of climbing. 

 

Click for More Details about the Weekend

Starlight Spectacular is Almost Here

Vince Cloward: Trails & Open Space Coalition


Join the Trails and Open Space Coalition for the 22nd Annual Starlight Spectacular on 18 June 2016.  This fun night-time bicycle ride is suitable for most ages and abilities.  Ride routes include 14-, 17-, and 21-mile courses.  All riders must wear helmets, and have front and rear lights on their bikes.
 
Starting and ending at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, the routes travel through the City of Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City and the Garden of the Gods.  Riding is on streets, with lots of lighted directional signs and volunteers pointing the way.  Two rest stops with music and refreshments enliven the route. (Editor’s Note:  the Bancroft Park Rest Stop in Old Colorado City has been supported by the Colorado Springs Cycling Club for many years.  Would you like to join the party by volunteering to help at this rest stop?  Check the event listing on the CSCC Meetup calendar to get more details.
 
Before the ride, enjoy music, food and drink, costumes and contests! Prizes will be awarded for best illuminated bike and best costume. New Prize category for Best Group Costume! Buy vintage Starlight shirts from prior years and other once-a-year goodies at our retail booth.  Hot breakfast and more great prizes after the ride!

Here's More Information about Starlight

A Bikecentennial 40th Anniversary Ride?

Charlie Czarniecki: Immediate Past President

1976 was the Nation’s Bicentennial.  Adventure Cycling Association prepared a bike route across the Country as part of the national celebration.  It was known as the Bikecentennial.  The route still exists and is marked across the country with the “76” road sign (this one at Fairplay, CO).   On Sept 30th 2006 Ronaele F, Paul B (SAG), Dan S, and Czar rode the route from Hartsel (8,864 ft)  104 miles to the Pueblo Zoo (about 4,700 ft) as a CSCC 30th anniversary observance of the ride.  It was our own century (100 miles in a day with lots of downhill).  This year is the 40th anniversary; look for another Club ride opportunity later this year.

Elevenmile Canyon – A Ride Explored

Charlie Czarniecki: Immediate Past President

Looking for something a bit off the beaten path, on 20 May I explored Elevenmile Canyon by riding up the dirt road to the dam.  The excursion was an 18 mile round trip via the gently sloped, packed dirt access road.  The area is off US24 at the town of Lake George west of Colorado Springs.  Thankfully, there is a free dirt parking lot just before entering the State Park, meaning that there is no fee for bikes in the canyon. 

Read More about this Upcoming Ride!

What Did You Think of the Velodrome?

Sharon Boyd: Co-Editor

If you were able to attend the 5 April Club meeting, you definitely had an experience that many cyclists would love to enjoy.  Gathering in the conference room in the top floor of the support building, we met the track manager, who provided an overview of the covering, relating some of the construction challenges and the interesting aspects of using such an enclosure in the winter weather, such as “what do you do with all the snow that slides off the dome?”  That specifically has been an interesting challenge for the Velodrome this past winter.
 
After a brief time in the conference room, we worked our way down to the airlock entrance into the facility.  While not unexpected, passing through the airlock was a bit like a sequence our of a science fiction movie.  Think of Matt Damon’s character in “The Martian.”  Once inside the dome itself, it was fascinating to just experience the volume of space that the dome encompasses, and also to see the racers pace themselves around the track for the various events that were held that evening.  We were especially grateful to Bill Gast, who arranged the food and drinks that evening.  Sitting at trackside, munching on some food and hearing the racers whooshing by is unlike just watching a road race in the open air.

See the Photos

Antelope Trails Bike Safety Rodeo

Sharon Boyd: Co-Editor

Held on 20 May, Sharon and Dale had a great time working with the elementary school kids at the helmet fitting station, bicycle mechanics station and the bike safety checks station.  The event included a tricycle course, a rock dodge course, a start and stop course, Figure 8 and Slalom runs, as well as a bicycle parade.  Certificates were awarded to the participants.
 
The event provided an excellent opportunity to emphasize rider safety to the kids.  As he was checking over the bikes, Dale took many opportunities to ask participants what the number 1 responsibility of a cyclist is.  Many of the kids were on the right track when they answered “Wear a helmet.”  But, as Dale noted, the number 1 responsibility is Safety, which includes wearing a helmet and much more!
 
The whole experience was invigorating, especially seeing the kids and their parents beginning to understand that bike riding is more than just pedaling a bike.  If you ever have the chance to volunteer at or otherwise support a bike rodeo, do it!  Your rewards will be much more than the time and effort you invest.

More about the Bike Rodeo

Membership Update

Sara Hill: Membership Coordinator

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
Joe Awe & Family, Brian & Hope Bain, Shelley Barrett, Louise Becker, Sean Duncan & Family, Patrick Flowers, Craig Highsmith, Paula Makara, Robyn Martinez, Marge Milne, Vicky Morris, Maureen Okeefe & Family, Anne Parker, Ed Quesada, Stephen Reaves, Pamela, Schaaf, Kyra Swick, and Carin Vadala.
RENEWING MEMBERS – THANK YOU!
Loren Anderson, Beth Balser & Family, Renee Barall, Ginny Barber, Sharon Boyd & Dale Campbell, Keith Brown, Roger Bruggeman, Mike Burgie & Family, Gary Dean, Bruce & Jasmin Elliot, Hubert & Becky Hauser, Pam Hazlett, Janine Hegeman, Ronald & Carolyn Henrikson, Sara Hill, Trent Hovenga & Family, John Jannett, Kenneth Janiec, Ginger Kelly, Brian Landis & Family, Jayson & Esther Lee, Connie Lorig, Brian Love, Cheryl Mahon, Phil McDonald & Family, Connie Miller, Dave Moe, Mark Noble, John O'Donnell & Family, Roger Patrizio, John & Anita Rasper, Mary Rebb & Family, Jerry Remmert & Family, Ron Robinson & Family, Sidney Rubinow, Alan & Pat Severn, Sam & Ruth Sharp, Connie Slater & Family, George Thornton, Caroline Tran, Bob Vandepas, Dianne Walter, Barry & Marcia Wick, and Jean Zeh.

Membership Reminders

Special Activities & Rides of Interest!

Jean Zeh: Ride Committee

The Ride Committee has been very active this Spring.  As you can tell from the number of rides noted in this edition of the Bent Fork, a number of events have been introduced to the Ride Calendar (Check Meetup for the latest).  And more are to come.  A list is included in the continuation of this article.  Be sure to recheck the Meetup Calendar from time to time to get the latest information.  Not on Meetup yet?  Take a few minutes to join.  See Rick’s article in this newsletter.
 
And, be sure to let the Newsletter Editors know if you enjoyed a particular ride.  They appreciate your input as potential articles for upcoming newsletters!

2016 CSCC Special & Activities

A Quote to Ponder

Peter Golkin



“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.”


Editor's note:  Try it sometime.  You'll enjoy it just like we do!

Bike Tech – USA Cycling Unveils High-Tech Pursuit Bike

Ted Burns: Cycling News


Photo courtesy of Chron.com Sports website

On 20 May, USA Cycling unveiled a high tech pursuit bike, three years in the making, aimed at helping the women's Olympic Games team pursuit squad win gold in Rio. Developed in partnership with Felt and nine other technology providers the new machine is designed with two purposes, go fast and turn left.
 
The bike design takes into consideration the specific aerodynamics of a velodrome for the first time, resulting in a number of unique attributes: the entire bike is asymmetrical to account for yaw, the drive train is moved to the left side, and every tube of the frame is shaped to produce maximum speed.
 

Read More about the New Design

Prez Says:

Janine Hegeman

The month of May brings changes. The season is changing, the landscape greens up and blooms and we’re changing to a more active outdoor lifestyle. Colorado Springs Cycling Club is seeing some changes too. It’s our 30th year, and we are reshaping into a club well-suited for the 21st century. New rides, new looks, new people – right alongside old favorites and friends.
 
Many of you know we’re now on Meetup. This has been met with enthusiastic support by the majority of CSCC’s membership. Communication is a snap, and you can see all of the upcoming rides in a click, and probably most importantly, CSCC is reaching out to cyclists in the Colorado Springs community. You likely have already seen many new faces out on rides; they are there because they saw the Club on Meetup. We are doing a great job at providing cycling opportunities to members and others, upholding our by-laws in the process. If you haven’t already, please register for the Meetup site. http://www.meetup.com/Colorado-Springs-Cycling-Club/  It’s free, and only takes a minute or two – just click “Join Us!”. But we can’t do it for you. Your paid membership in the Colorado Springs Cycling Club doesn’t include Meetup. We will be converting the current website ride calendar to the Meetup calendar in the near future, so please join so that you can continue to see all of our rides and events.
 
Our logo is changing. The logo contest is over, and it will be a tough job to select the new one out of over a dozen entries. We’ll also have a 30th anniversary jersey unveiled later this year with the new logo.
 
Personally, I have seen a big change. After 12 years as a contractor at Fort Carson, I’ve taken a job with the City of Colorado Springs. I am deliriously happy with this decision, and I think I will flourish there. I’ll hopefully be able to make a difference here in the city that I’ve loved and lived in for 36 years.
 
So, what are you doing differently in this season of change? Want to try the dinner ride this year and meet some new riding buddies? How about checking out the Hill Climb Ride, to get a better handle on the hills around here? Sign up for the National Bike Challenge, and contribute to CSCC’s amazing mileage statistics? Help staff a CSCC information table at an expo? Maybe encourage someone who’s been thinking about riding more to join us for the Sunday Social Ride?
 
My first five months as President of the Colorado Springs Cycling Club have been a rockin’ rollercoaster ride of changes, but we’re staying on track toward the goal of making CSCC the best it can be. There have been long nights and hard decisions, but all in all, the changes the Board of Directors are making are positive, and will carry us into the next 30 years. I look forward to participating in the renovation of CSCC during the next 19 months of my term; then, more change – a new president will be elected. One thing you can be sure of, however, is that CSCC will always stay true to its goal of helping people “come along for the ride”.

Colorado Springs Bike Summit

Provided by: Colorado Springs Bicycle Summit


When:  Fri. June 03rd, 2016 - 11:00am to 07:00pm
Where:  UCCS Berger Hall, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
 
The Colorado Springs Bike Summit is designed to get information to people who care about biking, create bike advocates, and shape a vision of what’s possible in Colorado Springs.  If you are interested in bicycles and live in Colorado Springs, consider attending the first ever Colorado Springs Bike Summit.  If you attend, you can expect to share information with people who care about biking, learn about bike advocacy, and help shape a vision of what’s possible in Colorado Springs.  Partners include UCCS, CS Indy, SRAM, Bike Colorado Springs and the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
 
Registration is required for this free event. Includes lunch and after-Summit Happy Hour and networking.  Register at Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colorado-springs-bike-summit-2016-registration-24756019922
 
Goals of the first Colorado Springs Bike Summit :
  1. To expand education on what is currently happening and what is coming in the Springs and Southern Colorado around bikes.
  2. To broaden our base of bicycling advocates.
  3. To sow the seeds of future summits in coming years.
  4. To demonstrate to the powers that be the broad base of support.
  5. To create, contribute and capture a vision of cycling by seeing the possibilities that already exist outside of our City.

Summit Schedule and More

June is Bike Month in Colorado Springs: Mayor Suthers Invites Public to Participate in Bike to Work Day

Kim Melchor: Lead Communications Specialist, Colorado Spring

City Council unanimously passed a Resolution on 24 May 2016 declaring June as Bike Month in Colorado Springs. June is Bike Month for Colorado and there are many great events and activities recognizing the importance of bicycling in our community. Mayor John Suthers invites the Colorado Springs community to participate in Bike to Work Day June 22 and will be hosting a Mayor’s Ride with City Council and community members departing Goose Gossage Park at 6 a.m. The public is invited to participate.
 
According to the Resolution, “Declaring June ‘Bike Month in Colorado Springs’ will raise awareness of cycling’s positive impact on the economy, health, wellness and the creation of viable transportation options in the City, and will celebrate the contributions bicycle-related businesses, non-profit organizations and volunteers make to support cycling in Colorado Springs.”
 
Colorado Springs is home to an active and vibrant bicycling community. With more than 110 miles of on-street bicycle routes, nearly 120 miles of urban bike trails and more than 60 miles of unpaved mountain bike trails, our city is committed to ensuring that biking is a convenience, safe and connected form of transportation and recreation. Colorado Springs is rated #45 in the Top 50 Bicycle Friendly Cities in America by the League of American Bicyclists.  Colorado Springs was recently recognized in the American Community Survey (ACS) as #38 for the nation’s fastest growing cities for bicycle commuting and is funded in part by a self-imposed bicycle excise tax to fund bikeway improvement within the City of Colorado Springs. For more information about bicycling programs, mobile-friendly bike racks, safety information and a map of bike lanes around the city visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/bike.


Bike Month Activities

Meetup Features Are a Boon for Riders and Ride Leaders

Rick Rodriguez: CSCC Ride Committee



The Ride Committee has been receiving some very positive feedback from Club members that have started utilizing our new Meetup Ride Calendar.  Some of our ride leaders have even requested to change the legacy calendar entry for their rides to just point to Meetup. The fact that Meetup combines, a ride calendar, message board and a place to post photos and comments after the ride is proving to be very handy for both the riders and the ride leaders.

As a frequent ride leader myself there are some very nice and easy to use features in Meetup.  One of these is the ability to select a starting location for the ride and have Meetup automatically create a map link to that location.   Another feature that is proving to be extremely handy is the ability to send messages to riders or field questions from riders in real time.  When a rider RSVPs yes to a ride, they are automatically signed up for a message board specific to that event. I have had riders send me a message just minutes before the ride to change their status or just let me know they would be late.  These late breaking  popped right up as a notification on my smart phone.

I think the folks that are using it would agree.  Moving the Club’s calendar to Meetup was a good idea, enabling us to have the most modern communication tools available to the Club.

Ride Leader Recognition Event a Success!

Dale Campbell: Co-Editor

The Colorado Springs Cycling Club’s purpose is to promote bicycling. Without people who have stepped up to be ride leaders, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to carry out this purpose.   To honor those who continue to volunteer as Ride Leaders, supporting an integral part function for the Club, the Ride Committee scheduled the 1st Annual Ride Leader Recognition Dinner on 22 May.  Held at the Red Leg Brewing Company, the honorees, guests, Ride Committee volunteers and Board members enjoyed an evening together, savoring the food provided by La Casita and enjoying the variety of beers available from Red Leg.   Attendees also learned that the Manager for the facility doesn’t own a car.  She bikes to work every day, regardless of the weather.  Stop by the Brewery and you’ll see her green bike in front of the entrance area.
 
Ride Leaders received a certificate of appreciation, as well as a gift from Ted’s Bicycles, presented by Tony Hoewisch.  Ted’s Bicycles is the oldest independently owned bike shop in Colorado Springs and has been a big supporter of the Club for many years.  (By the way, I think that pairs nicely with the oldest and largest organized cycling group in Colorado Springs – CSCC.)  If you haven’t done so yet, stop by and talk to Tony and his staff.  They will be glad to help with whatever cycling need you have.  And, TED'S Bicycles is now a SPONSOR of CSCC.   CSCC members will receive a 10% discount at the shop, located at 3016 N. Hancock, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.
 
During the latter part of the evening, many of the attendees shared personal stories experienced from leading rides.  Others shared events from the rich history of the Club and expressed gratitude for the Cycling Family that the Club is for many of its members.  The event was truly appreciated and enjoyed by all!
 
If you’re interested in becoming a Ride Leader, be sure to check out the Ride Leader training that has been scheduled for June and July.  Details can be found on Meetup.

List of Honorees

CSCC’s Early Years: One Member Recalls

Alan Severn

Editor’s Note:  Many thanks to Alan for documenting some of the memories from the first ten years of the Club’s existence.
 
When I moved to Colorado Springs in 1992, I picked up an information packet for newcomers that stated the cycling club was Strada.  Never mind that Strada had disbanded seven years earlier!  CSCC was a small cycling club with fewer than 300 members.  This size was a good middle ground in contrast to my membership in other bicycle clubs. For example, one club had 4,000 members and another only had a one-page directory.  CSCC was a great introduction to riding in Colorado Springs and throughout Colorado. 
 
Here are some random memories from my early years with CSCC…
  •  My first ride was an olfactory introduction to Colorado Springs: Tour de Sewer, just before Thanksgiving.  Then, winter arrived and provided me opportunity to acclimate to the high altitude. My first major CSCC club event of the year was TOARV (Tour of the Arkansas River Valley) which started in Canon City and ended in Buena Vista. After dinner and an overnight in Buena Vista, we rode back over Trout Creek Pass and finished the event back in Canon City. 
 
  •  Summer brought an opportunity to participate in the Elephant Rock with Mike Remington, a new CSCC member.  At the end of the event, I decided that the late Yogi Berra was right: “Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded.”  July brought the Courage Classic (the poor man’s Ride the Rockies).  In August, Angie Adams created a map and led the Whine Ride, to the winery located on Janitell.  A small group from CSCC enjoyed a bicycle event, which included the Cumbres and Toltec scenic railroad.  The end of bike riding season for me was marked by our second major club event, Hardscrabble. This one-day club fundraiser was held on September 14.  This club event fundraiser was later eliminated, when increased Highway Patrol costs and fees prevented CSCC from making a profit.

More about the Early Years

The Early Days (1993 - 1995) with the Colorado Springs Cycling Club!

Sharon Boyd: Co-Editor


Sharon and Dale in Rocky Mountain National Park, August 1992

Editor's Note:  The above photo was our introduction to Colorado in the Summer.  We loved the time here during that summer vacation of 1992.  Looking back, we can safely say that this introduction was the reason we moved west the following year and subsequently became members of CSCC.

Colorado Springs Cycling Club (CSCC) became my family in 1993. MCI relocated me to Colorado Springs from Jacksonville, Florida.  I arrived July 4th, 1993 with my 38 pound Nishiki mountain bike with an east coast cassette and rack on the back.  I joined the bike Club!  Gary Papasian adopted me on the Club’s Fox Run picnic ride on Roller Coaster Road and encouraged me to purchase a “road” bicycle so that I could keep up on the Club rides. My Focus road bike became the first of many bicycles in my stable over the years.   The picnic was fun.  BTW, what is bicycle polo?!
 
I flash back to many fun club events and the special friends that guided me through the phases to learn how to bicycle in Colorado:
  • The many CSCC bicycle rides around Colorado Springs enabled me to learn my way around the city and provided me information to pick out an area to build a home.
  • Grant to Georgetown - A Bob & Anne Smith ride over Guanella Pass at 11,700 feet), an overnight in Georgetown and back to Grant the next morning!  Uncle Milt chuckled when continuous squeezing of my brakes sounded like ducks quacking.  He taught me how to correctly ride my mountain bike on this adventure.
  • Old Colorado City to Victor via Gold Camp Road – Another Bob & Anne Smith ride on dirt roads, through tunnels and for me a 7-hour ride to Victor.  We stayed at a Victorian B&B overnight and rode back to Colorado Springs the next day.  Amazing that it only took me 2 ½ hours on the return trip.  A side note, Rob Miskowitch installed clipless pedals on my bicycle the night before the ride and had me practice riding around my friend’s unfinished basement until I could clip and unclip easily.

Moab, Tarryall, Raton and More!

America! The Cyclist Is Not Your Enemy

Jason Gay, Wall Street Journal


Illustration:  Kyle T. Webster

Editor’s Note:  The following are excerpts from an article that was published on 12 May 2016.  Mr. Gay touches on a lot of points that we have all experienced or considered during our cycling experiences.  I hope you enjoy what’s provided here.  Click here to read the full article (http://www.wsj.com/articles/america-the-cyclist-is-not-your-enemy-1463073268)
 
“Of all our wacky and agitated 21st century culture wars, the most ridiculous and unnecessary, to me, is Bike Haters vs. Bike Lovers.
 
Look: I get that not everyone rides a bicycle, owns a bicycle, or showers with a bicycle (what, you don’t shower with a bicycle? It’s cleansing and delightful!), but the frothing and vitriol directed at cycling seems so disproportionate to the activity…
 
To be fair, what irritates the public is not bicycles, but bicyclists. Here, many people have anecdotes, sometimes years old, which can be vividly recalled at town meetings, bike lane hearings and in the comments sections of articles like this one. Stories like the nefarious cyclist who rode the wrong way on a one-way street. The bike doofus on the sidewalk who nearly rode over Pinky, the neighbor’s adorable French bulldog. The Spandex lunatic who pulled up to your car at a stoplight, condemned your driving, used some colorful language and gave you the finger…
 
I will not deny for a second that cyclists can behave badly. I’ve seen it. I’ve done it. (Booo!) But it’s exasperating to see how Bad Cyclist anecdotes receive equal treatment to voluminous statistical evidence that cycling makes communities better...  The transportation data is incontrovertible: Streets that accommodate for cycling get safer. Fewer people get hurt. Fewer people get killed.  People on bikes and people walking on the street.  Everybody.  Even people in automobiles…
 
And all any cyclist wants—and here you can feel free to generalize—is to get where he or she is going, safely. Even after significant improvements in some American cities, cycling remains too dangerous in too many places, a low priority in transportation planning, effectively discouraged…

Conclusion: Cyclist Is Not the Enemy

CDOT Updates Bicycle and Pedestrian Policy

Bicycle Colorado- 25 May Newsletter

On 19 May , the Colorado Transportation Commission approved "Elevating Bicycle and Pedestrian Opportunities in Colorado," (http://bicyclecolorado.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Elevating-Bicycle-and-Pedestrian-Opportunities-in-Colorado.pdf) a revised complete streets policy for the network of roads and facilities managed by the state.
 
 "Policy 1602 was originally adopted in 2009, and this updated version brings exemption criteria into the policy and re-commits CDOT's support and efforts regarding active transportation," says Betsy Jacobson, CDOT's Bicycle/Pedestrian/Scenic Byways Section Manager.
 
 A detailed Procedural Directive is being developed to provide clear direction on how to implement the policy and verify compliance. The policy will go in effect upon signature by CDOT's Transportation Secretary and will apply to future projects and current projects that are in the early scoping phase.

Who Keeps Those Trails Clean, Anyhow?

Dale Campbell: Co-Editor



Greenway Rides Made Safer, Thanks to the Efforts of One Local Organization
Resources Working Behind the Scenes to Improve Our Cycling Infrastructure




Riding with the Tour de Latte group on Saturday, 2 April, Sara Hill, the Ride Leader, brought us to Urban Steam, a coffee shop on the southern side of the downtown area.  While there, I overhears folks in a group sitting outside comment about having a cup of coffee was a nice way to starting a morning of trail cleanup.  Being inquisitive, I asked several folks in the group what they had been up to.
 
Tim Gore, the Community Relations Director for Springs Rescue Mission, and Ashton Encarnacion, the Community Relations Intern for the Mission were kind to take the time and fill me in on what they had been doing.  Below is the input I received from Tim and Ashton.  I appreciate their time, as well as their team’s efforts.  It’s the volunteer work that their team accomplishes on a regular basis that helps make rides and walking the trail safer.
 
Obviously, the Colorado Springs community benefits from the time these volunteers donate and dedicate to our City.  How many other unsung community contributors are out there helping cyclists, joggers and walkers safely enjoy the benefits that are available to all in Colorado Springs?  I would suggest that the next time any of us sees such efforts, we take a minute and thank folks for what they are doing!  Better yet, join a group that helps keep trails clean.
 

Read the Interview and See More Photos

National Bike Challenge 2016 – CSCC’s Efforts Noted

Charlie Czarniecki: Immediate Past President



Editor's Note: As we publish this edition, the CSCC Team is in 8th place nationally at the completion of May.  Our team has ridden a total of 27,025 miles in those 31 days.  That's more than once around planet Earth!

I wanted to update everyone as we end the first month of the Challenge (it ends on Sept 30th).  The news is very encouraging.  Over 10 people (the total keeps increasing) riding with Southern Colorado Velo Racing have joined our team.  I know that their riding dedication and miles are going to “super charge” our team.  Their intention was to pump up the Colorado Springs area miles and they felt supporting our team (already in the National top 20) was going to keep National attention on the Springs area.  As they signed on our team grew to over 150 riders.
 
As we approach the end of the NBC’s 1st month, the team already has 19 people at the Gold (750 point) level, 42 Silver (250-749), and 23 Bronze (100-249).  I started posting a daily update for the team, CO, and COS on the CSCC webpage.  The direct access to the report is  http://www.bikesprings.org/docs/NBC_Daily_Rankings.pdf 

See the 30 May Report and Other Statistics

eBikes and Bike Paths – Do They Mix?

The Gazette – 21 May 2016


Photo courtesy of Townsend Bessent, Vail Daily

Editor’s Note:  Following up on previous articles over the past five years, this is a specific Colorado aspect that readers may find interesting.
 
At this time, only if the local authorities say so.  The Colorado Department of Transportation limits the use of electric bikes (eBikes) to public roads, but local authorities can draft their own rules.
 
The Vail Town Council has asked staff to write regulations for a trial of electric bikes on paved recreation paths.  At a council meeting during the week of 21 May, officials and community members discussed pros such as making it easier for older people to navigate steep hills on bikes, the Vail Daily reported.  They also discussed whether it would be safe for pedestrians and fast-moving electric bikes to share paths.
 
Gregg Barrie, who is Vail’s planner in charge of trails, told council members that Aspen and Pitkin County don’t allow electric bikes on paved trails but are considering trials.
 
Further details can be found at http://www.vaildaily.com/news/22074022-113/vail-may-allow-e-bikes-on-rec-paths
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