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Welcome to the Alliance's Biking & Walking Roundup. Every week, we roam the blogs of our member organizations and bring you the most interesting tidbits.

New folks can join this list here. Invite all your friends -- everyone's welcome to saddle up.  


Consider signing up for “smile.amazon”.  That’s a special front-end with Amazon that takes a percentage of your purchases and donates it to a charity.  I picked the American Wheelmen (which is the League of American Bicyclists).  


Not many people have signed up for the bike charity so I’d encourage you to do so and pick these guys.  They are the folks behind the Bike Friendly City activities as well a a big lobbying group in DC.  Costs you nothing and helps out a good cause.  


Here’s the website to learn more - and register your existing account with Amazon:


https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_se_dshb_aas_saas


Bicycling Advocates,

 

Many of you are aware that we have received funding to launch a free bike share program in St. Joseph. The grant has afforded us the opportunity to purchase 40 bikes and 7 bike racks to be placed around the community in 2017, with an initial emphasis in the downtown area. The name of our bike share program will be Pony Express Bikes (PEB).

 

Many steps need to be taken before we are ready to launch the bike share program; unfortunately, our funding doesn’t cover the cost of bike share staffing.  That being said, we are reaching out to our advocates and volunteers in the community to help make this not only a reality, but a success! We are modeling our efforts after the Green Apple Bike program in Manhattan, KS, so we have a great blueprint to follow as to how they have mobilized their bike share efforts through the help of small commitments by many in the community.  

 

Below is a list of opportunities to help with the planning, implementation, and maintenance of the Pony Express Bike Share program. Please consider contributing to our efforts to make this a great amenity for residents and visitors of St. Joseph. If you are interested in any of the following opportunities or would like to learn more about the program, please email ntaylor@stjoemo.org or call 816-236-1491.


·         Planning/Implementation Team: Develop program rules and guidelines and help with the overall implementation of the program

·         Sponsorship: Identify and approach potential businesses and organizations to sponsor a bike rack at their location. Sponsorship will be the key to sustainability and future expansion of the program

·         Assembly: Bikes will arrive  in boxes and will need to be assembled. Experts in bike assembly and wheel adjustments are needed.

·         Artistry: The Allied Arts Council has expressed interest in having some/all of the bikes artistically painted (current color of the bikes is white). Artists and those experienced/interested in bike painting please consider helping put some flair into our bike share program!  

·         Promote: Promote Pony Express Bikes by working with community members to spread awareness of the program. A website and mobile phone app are included in the plans.

·         Events: Work with community members to support events to promote PEB

·         Maintenance: Perform routine maintenance on bicycles following guidelines outlined in the maintenance manual

·         Round-up and redistribution: Identify bicycles abandoned outside of PEB racks through social media or the texting application.  Retrieve bicycles and return to rack or remove from streets for maintenance

·         Research: Help identify usage patterns, social behaviors, and bicycle tracking


Please respond by February 10th if you are interested in any of the above opportunities. Whether you are able to help a few hours a month, a few hours a week, or on a one-time basis, any assistance is greatly appreciated.


Thank you for helping St. Joe become a better place to live, work, and play!

 

Nancy Taylor

Health Educator

City of St. Joseph Health Department

What is a Gran Fondo?


Gran Fondo is an Italian term which loosely translates to “Big Ride”.

Gran Fondo's are mass participation cycling events that have enjoyed incredible popularity in Europe for decades and have become popular in North America, Asia, Australia and increasingly, worldwide. 

March Bike Club Events


Monday  March 6, 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  SJBC Bowling Party. 

At Belt Bowl, 210  N Belt Hwy.  Cost will be determined by how many show up and will including shoes. Last time it was $35 for up to 6 people per lane for 1.5 hours of bowling.


Wednesday, March 8th, 7pm-8:30pm Bicycle Friendly Community Meeting!

City Hall, 1st Floor Conference room – 1100 Frederick Avenue.  Agenda Topics:  BFC Strategic Plan update, Pony Express Bike Share Committees, Downtown Bike Rack Project, Bike Month Activities in May


Tuesday March 22 - SJBC General Meeting.

Meet at Geneo's Pizza, 809 Francis St. at 6ish pm.  The meeting will start when the Club President arrives.  Have a bite to eat and discuss up coming events and stuff.


Saturday, March 25: Trash Pick Up and Ride at 9 am.

Meet at the Corby Parking lot near the statues on Corby Parkway.