Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Bristol, R. I.
    My Bikes
    Specialized Secteur, old Peugeot
    Posts
    1,479
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Cycling clubs and advocacy

    Recently there was a thread about bike clubs. I posted something there about cycling advocacy as a good reason in itself to be part of a club. I can't find that thread now which calls for my very own thread.

    The last issue of our club's news letter, Narraganset Bay Wheelmen, with members from Rhode Island, southern Massachusetts and Western Connecticut, listed cycling organizations the club supports. Part of that is duplicated below with some local organizations and some national in reach. Total amount of financial support is about $16,000.

    Adventure Cycling
    Bike Newport
    Bike Walk Connecticut
    East Coast Greenway
    League of American Bicyclists
    Mass Bike
    Rails to Trails
    RI Bike
    Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council

    It is my belief that such support and visibility by a bike club, and that support need not necessarily be direct financial aid, contributes beneficially to the overall tone of dialogue by civic planners and cyclists about our bikeways. A small example is providing a mere three feet of pavement outside the white line on busier roads. Many of the roads I ride are very quiet back roads with little traffic so that a bit of extra pavement makes no difference. Often though, I need to connect several areas by a busier road. On these busier roads that bit of extra pavement makes all the difference as to whether I'm comfortable or mildly terrified. Some areas I just avoid as too dangerous. I think a wide and sustained effort over a long period of time will lead to better riding conditions and improved awareness by motorists.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Garden State exit 135
    Posts
    365
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Good point Agreed!,Now I have to join a club!

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Eugene, Oregon
    Posts
    4,627
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by berner View Post
    ... A small example is providing a mere three feet of pavement outside the white line on busier roads. Many of the roads I ride are very quiet back roads with little traffic so that a bit of extra pavement makes no difference. Often though, I need to connect several areas by a busier road. On these busier roads that bit of extra pavement makes all the difference as to whether I'm comfortable or mildly terrified. Some areas I just avoid as too dangerous. I think a wide and sustained effort over a long period of time will lead to better riding conditions and improved awareness by motorists.
    Like most places, we have that situation here. There are scores of wonderful loop rides that all have one or two small (less than five mile) sections of high speed road with just enough traffic that a three foot shoulder would dramatically change the experience.

    One section may get fixed here, but the reason is not the foresight of our local and state traffic planners. A few years back a local faculty member at our community college fell while riding with a group on one of these roads. She was promptly run over by the log truck that was harassing/tailgating the riders. A foundation in her name has put up the money for the state to do the required study so that a shoulder can be added to this road.

    I guess she was the ultimate cycling advocate. I hope I can help get some things improved while paying a lesser price.

  4. #4
    Semper Fi, A way of life. qcpmsame's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Pensacola, Florida
    My Bikes
    CAAD 10 4
    Posts
    6,618
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My club membership here is in the West Florida Wheelmen, a great group of bicyclist. I am below the level of their rides right now I still join and volunteer for them because they advocate for our rights and for improved conditions in our area as well as their racing activities. They work with the City of Pensacola on developing a long term plan for cycling access and are heavy into my favorite group, The Wounded Warrior Foundation, with rides that benefit the group. They also conduct education/advocacy events in the community. Just being a member of the organization and lending my voice as well as hands to them benefits other cyclist in the area so it is just something I feel is the right thing to do. If you have a club in your area that is your kind of organization and you fit in with them, I'd say to join them and to help make a difference.

    Bill
    "I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me" Philippians 4:13

  5. #5
    A might bewildered... Dudelsack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Loovul
    My Bikes
    Bacchetta Giro ATT 26; Lemond Buenos Aires
    Posts
    6,251
    Mentioned
    15 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Cycling advocacy: good.

    Club membership: good.

  6. #6
    Senior Member BlazingPedals's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Middle of da Mitten
    My Bikes
    Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
    Posts
    7,096
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My club gives out something like $65-75000/year in grants. But the main reason I belong is because they have rides almost every day all summer long.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Bristol, R. I.
    My Bikes
    Specialized Secteur, old Peugeot
    Posts
    1,479
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yeah, I originally joined to learn routes in different parts of the state and I do get that benefit. Most of the members are middle aged, some younger and a few of us are 70 and older. All rides have 3 or four distances (say 20, 35 50 and 70 miles) for cyclists of every ability. Every ride is arrowed on the road surface so that, while maps are provided, are not actually necessary. Weeks in advance, some club member will go around with a paint can to do the arrowing.

  8. #8
    just keep riding BluesDawg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Milledgeville, Georgia
    My Bikes
    2014 Specialized Crave Pro 29, 2014 Specialized Crux EVO Carbon Disc, 2012 Black Mountain Cycles Monster Cross, 2011 Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert Compact, 2009 Salsa Casseroll, 2003 KHS Milano Tandem, 1986 Nishiki Cadence rigid MTB
    Posts
    12,724
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My club is much smaller with a much smaller budget than some mentioned in this thread, but since I started the club in 2005, we have steadily made inroads toward improving awareness and facilities for cycling in our town and area. We raise a few thousand each year to contribute toward advocacy efforts, trail building and maintenance and also to other non cycling related causes.

    Our latest progress has been to convince some on the City Council to consider adopting a Complete Streets ordinance. I was picked by the mayor to represent the club on a Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee which will iron out the language of the ordinance before submitting it to the council for a vote in a few weeks.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Bristol, R. I.
    My Bikes
    Specialized Secteur, old Peugeot
    Posts
    1,479
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Way to go Dawg. That's what I'm talking about.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •