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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. 

May Bike Club Events



May 6:  First Saturday Ride:  9am, meet at the YMCA on 6th St.  For a fun ride through downtown and the Riverfront.   This will be a slow paced ride for beginners to intermediate riders,  but all riders are welcome.


May 7:  Picnic/Trail Ride:  1 pm at Corby Pond.  Ride the trails then have a late picnic lunch at 2:30.  the club will provide hambergers and hotdogs, buns, condiments, beverages and plates.   All members are asked to bring a side dish or desert.   If you are interested in coming to the picnic, please let me know by Thursday May 2, so I have an idea of how much food to get.


May 8:  Monday Meander at 6 pm. The Monday Meander Ride for new riders or rider who are just getting their wheels back after a long break.   This will be a slow paced ride around 10 to 15 miles depending on who shows up and how far they want to go.  The goal is to get everyone used to riding in a group and to discuss group riding and trail riding etiquette.  Ride will  meet at the REC at 28th & Parkway.


Just in time for the Eclipse,  August 21st.   We have eclipse viewing glasses!

Members can get them for a minimum donation of $1 each. 

For Non-members the minimum donation is $5 each.

Or come out to our ride on Sunday August 20th, 1 pm meet up at Bartlett Park.  For a leasuly ride to Mount Mora Cemetery.   Where we will take part in "Mount Mora's Connection to Space" event.  After which we will return to Bartlett Park for an Ice Cream Social.

Tickets for the Mount Mora event are $15 at the gate or $10 advance.  All riders are responsible for getting their own tickets.  Ticket are available at the Saint Joseph museums office at 3406 Frederick,  Monday thru Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm to 5pm.

The bike club requests a minimum donation to the club of $5 to cover the cost of the ride, for which each rider will receive a pair of eclipse viewing glasses.


Joyce Reynolds

SJBC Events Coord.