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  • 15 Apr 2014 3:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Ride of Silence - May 21, 2014
    Penfield Town  Highway Dept. on Jackson Rd.

    Arrive at 6:15 pm, Ride leaves at 7:00 pm


    On Wednesday, May 21, area cyclists will join over 12,000 others in a worldwide event to honor those who have been injured or killed while riding their bikes. In doing so we will speak truth to the power that drivers feel when they are behind the wheel of the two ton weapons we call cars. The Ride of Silence is unlike any ride you've done before. Sharing the road with like minded cyclists as we roll along quietly. Only the sounds of our thoughts will be heard. Our safe passage is provided by the motorcycle escorts. Intersections are controlled, overtaking cars held up until the way is clear. Our parade pace insures all will return to the finish about one hour after the start.

    When- May 21, arrival by 6:15pm, roll out at 7pm after the pre-ride ceremony

    Where- Penfield Highway Dept. parking lot on Jackson Rd. Across from Veteran's Memorial Park just North of Atlantic Ave.

    What- A flat 10 mile route, ridden in silence at about a 10mph pace.

    Who- Any one that cares about the next victim being the last. All abilities and cyclists are welcome. Racers, tourists, commuters, families, spouses, neighbors will share the road.

    Since this is a slow ride dress for warmth. You will not sweat or push hard. You will follow the rider in front of you and keep pace with the one beside you.

    We will offer arm bands but please bring your own. www.openyard.com is one source for black arm bands.

    The national association web site is www.rideofsilence.org. Event history, locations, donation ability and apparel are all available.

    Please consider attending this ride. You will be glad you did. Thank you, Andy.

    Please contact Andy Stewart, onetenth@earthlink.net, if you have any questions or wish to help out.
  • 15 Apr 2014 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    May is National Bike Month! Hop on your bike, enjoy the smell of fresh air and lilacs, and experience the freedom of exploring our community on two wheels. The City of Rochester will help to launch the 2014 summer biking season with Rochester Bike Week, May 10-18. Highlights include:
    •         Bike to the Public Market – ride to the market on Sat May 10, get a raffle ticket for a prize!
    •          Join us for a safe, fun, youth-led Family Bike Ride along the Genesee River Trail – meet at the Charlotte Beach parking lot, Sun May 11 at 3pm
    •          Right Ride Adult Safety Program – build your road cycling comfort and confidence with this two-class series in Genesee Valley Park (Tues, Thurs May 13 & 15 6-8pm)
    •          Help dedicate a new mural and little library at the R Community Bikes’ Celebration and Community Bike Ride, Wed May 14 5:30pm
    •          Bike to Work Day, Fri May 16
    •          Radical Roots History Ride – a sociopolitical cyclo-tour with stops for discussion at local historic points, meet at Susan B Anthony Square Sat May 17 at 2pm
    •          Dress up in festive colors or decorate your bike and Ride in the Lilac Festival Parade – meet at Science Parkway at 10am on Sun May 18

    For further details and a complete listing of Rochester Bike Week events, see www.cityofrochester.gov/bikeweek.

  • 09 Feb 2014 9:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After a number of years with Bob cooper teaching the club's service clinics he has moved on and Andy Stewart is taking the mantle. For 2014 we have 5 clinics on the calendar and 1 bonus one.

    The "Flat Tire Clinic" returns with the goal to help members learn how to handle the number 1 reason to stop your ride, the dreaded flat tire. This will be a hands on session, attendees may bring in their own bikes, or just a wheel, and any tools/supplies they have. Wheel removal and reinstalling, tire and tube replacement, understanding the common causes of flats and how to avoid them in the future will all be covered. Offered 3/20, 5/27 and 7/29. On-line registration available.  Just go to the events tab, scroll down to find the clinic you want to attend and register.  No cost to you.

    New is a clinic called “All About Your Bike”. With the increasing complexity of modern bikes we see many riders who don't understand their steeds and how to get the most out of them. We'll try to describe the systems, components and accessories on the many road bikes we ride. This will likely be a free ranging session and could drift from the outline depending on the attendees' needs. There will be no need to bring a bike, just your questions. Offered 4/17 and 6/19. On-line registration available. 
    Just go to the events tab, scroll down to find the clinic you want to attend and register.  No cost to you.

    Both of these clinics will be held at the church, Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran, at 1000 N Winton Rd. On the scheduled days we start at 7PM and finish about 9pm. Andy encourages potential attendees to contact him prior to the clinics for more details.

    A onetime and never done before clinic, on the topic of frame alignment, is offered to a maximum of 4 attendees. This will be held in Andy's basement workshop, hence the attendee limit. We will take a frame built by Dick Burns, a former club member, and measure its alignment using the tools and methods that professional frame builders use. A discussion about the findings and possible corrective measures will be offered. Anyone who has an interest in how frames are made will find this clinic fascinating. Attendees must contact Andy to confirm their place around the surface plate. This clinic is not on the calendar but will be held Mar 27, Thursday, starting at 7PM.

    Andy's email is onetenth@earthlink.net. 

  • 07 Feb 2014 3:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To develop a plan to create parallel bicycle-friendly streets along key arterial corridors characterized by high automobile traffic volumes, high parking demand, and/or constrained rights of way which make standard on-street bicycle lanes difficult to achieve.

    The first of two public meetings will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:00PM at the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Rochester Central Library, 115 South Avenue, Downtown Rochester. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an overview of the project, share findings regarding existing conditions, and solicit suggestions from the public regarding desired routes, destinations, and other priorities.

    Link for more info

  • 09 Dec 2013 10:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rochester is now the 8th quickest growing bike commuting city in the US and is in the top ten! We need to keep it that way and grow it more. According to this report, Rochester is among the Top 10 urban areas with increasing bicycle mode share (2000-2011), behind only Boston, Sacramento, Minneapolis, Denver, San Francisco, Madison, and Portland.  

    The link provided below will help us keep up the momentum.  Congress cut ped and bike funding over 50% with the last transportation bill but left the option for states to fund these projects with state funding if state policy makers want to.  Please click the link below and it will automatically send a postcard to the governor encouraging him to use the funding for biking and walking projects.  

    Thanks for your help and keep riding - indoors and out! 

    Scott MacRae MD
    Rochester Cycling Alliance

    Begin forwarded message:

     Hi NY4AT,

     Thanks again for participating in this important effort to increase funding for bike/ped projects in NYS. We hope to deliver a tall stack of cards to the Capitol, so please encourage your contacts to let us send a postcard to Governor Cuomo on their behalf. All they have to do is provide their name, city and email on our online form and we will do the rest. A link to the form to capture their info is here:https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/dedicated-funds-for-bikepedestrian-infrastructure/[ptny.wufoo.com] and a link to the postcard that will be sent is here:http://ptny.org/pdfs/advocacy/NY4AT/Dedicated%20funds%20Postcard_12-6-13_1up.pdf[ptny.org]. They must provide their info by Dec 27. Please send it out via email, facebook, however! Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks! ~Drew

      Drew Pollak-Bruce

    Project Coordinator
    Parks & Trails New York
    29 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207
    518-
    434-1583 | www.ptny.org[ptny.org]

    To support New York’s parks and trails…donate now[ptny.org]!

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  • 07 Nov 2013 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    After a one year hiatus, the Winter Meeting date has been set for Saturday, Feb 22, starting at 6:30PM at MCC.

    Brian Managan will be presenting on his Great Divide Mountain Bike Route trip this past summer.
     
    Joe Voelkel will be presenting on his and Dana's Around Lake Champlain trip.
     
    This is a chance to get together with your riding friends after a long winter.
    Refreshments will be provided.

    Meeting will be held in Bldg 5, Rm 100.  Park in lot C.   MCC Campus Map

    For those who missed Brian's presentation or want to find out more you can visit Brian's Blog here.
  • 28 Oct 2013 6:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Proposed funding reduction for bike and pedestrian safety projects as reported by WHEC Channel 10.

    WHEC Channel 10 Report
  • 19 Oct 2013 10:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Submitted by Harvey Botzman

    This is a project of the Wayne County Tourism Office, the New York Bicycling Coalition, and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

    Goal: To create 8-10 on road and on road/trail bicycle touring loop maps for Wayne County residents and to attract tourists to bicycle in Wayne County.

    Date: October 30, 2013, Wednesday
    Time: 6-8 PM
    Location: Newark Village Office Boardroom, 100 E. Miller St., Newark NY
    (Location Map)

    RSVP: cworth@co.wayne.ny.us or mmastracy@co.wayne.ny.us; tel: 315.946.7510

    Additional Information: The New York Bicycling Coalition has received a grant from the Erie Canalway Corridor Heritage Fund to develop bicycle loop routes and publish those routes both as a hard copy (paper) and digital map. The grant specifies residents of the counties receiving funds to develop and publish these bicycle loop maps have residents of the county involved in mapping out and designing these routes. One requirement of the grant is for the routes to begin, end, or traverse the Erie Canalway Trail and or the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

    This latter qualification is very easy to fulfill in Wayne County. the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the New York State Canal System essentially goes through the middle of the County from Clyde to Macedon.

    Please tell any neighbors, friends, relatives, and folks you see or know who bicycle in Wayne County to come to this meeting and participate in beginning to make Wayne County a true Bicycling Friendly County.

    RBC member Harvey Botzman is the volunteer (unpaid) Program Manager for this grant. Harvey will be at the meeting to show participants a few techniques for developing these loop maps and examples of bicycling maps produced in other NYS counties and in the Provence of Ontario, Canada.
  • 08 Sep 2013 9:16 PM | Richard Desarra

    Channel 8 Coverage

    Public Meeting with Chief Sheppard 
    Rochester Police Department

    Bicyclists and the RPD

    September 26, 2013 
    5:30 – 7:00PM
    Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County
    115 South Avenue
    Kate Gleason Auditorium
    Rochester

     

  • 06 Sep 2013 4:53 PM | Richard Desarra
    Western New York Wellness, Inc. presents

    Tour de Rochester for LiveSTRONG

    RIDE TO SURVIVE 9.28.13

    The LiveSTRONG Foundation is not about one person, but for the lives of 28 million cancer survivors around the world! LiveSTRONG service and support is free to all survivors from the day of diagnosis. Western New York Wellness Program was initially funded by LiveSTRONG and we continue to support their efforts ! All the funds raised by our annual Tour de Rochester are sent to LiveSTRONG. We’ve been cycling throughout the spring and summer months and we will wrap up the season with this event to honor the 28 million cancer survivors around the world!

    The Tour de Rochester is a 30 mile ride beginning at the Ferry terminal parking lot in Charlotte. The ride will use all paved bike paths and some roads. The ride offers many opportunities to shorten from the 30 miles, so we welcome one and all to join us for some or all of it! Helmets are required. A map is available. We will ride at our own pace from Charlotte, along the Parkway Bike Trail to the 390 Bike Trail and go south to Ridge Rd. After a quick jaunt down Latona Rd and Long Pond Rd., we will pick up the Erie Canal Trail to Genesee Valley Park. After crossing the river, we will ride north along the river and re-cross the river on the Court St. Bridge and ride down State St. to High Falls. We’ll take the High Falls Bridge to St. Paul St. and go north for a mile, then down into the river gorge and cross over the power dam at Maplewood Park, through the park , under Rt. 104 and and continue down Lake Ave. Just past Riverside Cemetery, the bike path goes back down to the river and along the boardwalk at Turning Point Park. We continue along the river back to the ferry terminal.

    If you’ve never taken this route, bring your camera! The sights at the dam, Maplewood Falls and along the river can only be accessed on foot or by bike. And with the autumn colors, it is a sight to behold!
    Bring water and some fruit or an energy bar. Bring some lunch money because anyone who is interested can gather following the ride at a restaurant near the river.

    We are asking every rider to make a contribution to the Live STRONG Foundation, so please bring yours with you and we will collect and submit it as a testimonial of our WNYWP support.

    This will be our last group ride of the year – help us make it the BEST! Come on out and bring a friend or two and your checkbook. We look forward to seeing you there – SATURDAY, Sept. 28, 2013, 10 AM, Ferry Terminal Parking Lot, Charlotte, Rochester, NY. (rain date Oct. 5)

    www.wnywp.org
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