Here’s a little show Cortney put together about what we did in 2014. Thanks, Cortney, and here’s to 2015!
We had a fantastic turnout on National Trails Day!
Muscle Powered, Graceworks, Great Basin Institute and Starbucks volunteers (Thank you for the morning coffee!) showed up at the Waterfall Trailhead early Saturday morning to work on the Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon Trail. At the sign-in table volunteers were issued hard hats and were able to grab a bit of swag provided by Clif Bar through IMBA’s Clif Bars for Trail Work Days, and Adventure Medical Kits from the American Hiking Society. After sign-in and a bit of mingling, volunteers loaded up in vans provided by Carson City and Capitol Automotive and shuttled up to the worksite.
At the worksite Muscle Powered Senior Crew Leader Oliver Lieder conducted a safety talk and tool demonstration before sending crews off to work.
Crews lead by Ward Knous and Toby Welborn took the most difficult terrain, a steep cross slope with plenty of rock , which kept the crew busy the whole day, while crews lead by Mark Kimbrough, Oliver Lieder and Jeff Potter worked on slightly easier terrain. Keith Conrad lead our rock crew whose task was to pull rocks off the side slope, placed there during previous construction, and haul them to Church Bells Ravine to be used as rip rap.
This was the first time we’ve partnered with Graceworks, and I believe this was the first time they’ve worked on trail as an organization. It was wonderful to work with a dedicated group of hard working individuals, from ages 6 to 80, all in an effort of enhancing the community we live in.
Great Basin Institute started working on Ash to Kings back in late 2012. In 2013 they worked a full season and built 2 miles of trail in the middle section of the alignment. In 2014 GBI conducted crew orientation, along with a couple of hitches, and together with Muscle Powered has built 4,000ft of trail since May 1st of this year. To have GBI with us on NTD was extra special. It gave everyone a chance to talk with the crews who are helping to build our trail, plus they’re a great bunch of people to hang around with.
We broke for lunch at 11:45 which was made by Comma Coffee provided by a generous donation from longtime trail supporters Galena Fest and Eagle Vision. Thank you!!!!!!
After lunch we worked for a couple more hours. By 1:45 Mark and Oliver’s crew had finished their sections and moved up the trail to help the other crew leaders. At the end of the day crews had built 1,075ft of new trail!
We regrouped one more time, counted tools and took one last group photo before heading home. On the way out it was impressive to see the work Keith’s crew did with the rip rap.
As May comes to a close, it’s time to look back on all the fun events we had during Bike Month and thank our volunteers and sponsors who made it all possible!
Tour of Carson City
On May 4th the Bike Habitat hosted the Tour of Carson City, a nearly 30 mile ride around the perimeter of the city. The warm and pleasant morning help set the tone for the ride, as organizer Denis Coyne gave his pre-ride talk. After instructions, dozens of riders headed out to enjoy the ride. A rest stop was included this year over by the hospital on the north side of town. Before making the final ride south to the Bike Habitat, riders refilled their bottles with cold water, and treated themselves to ice cream, popsicles, and licorice. I worked the rest stop this year, and had just as much fun talking to all the riders as I would have doing the ride itself! The ride wrapped up at the Bike Habitat where owners Denis and Viola provided a delicious lunch.
More photos from the Tour of Carson City HERE.
The annual Celebrity Ride was on the morning of May 5th. This event has really grown since its inception when only one city supervisor was involved. This year we had the Mayor, the brand new City Manager, members of the Board of Supervisors, the Sheriff, leaders of Parks and Recreation and Open Space, the City Transportation Manager, the Superintendent of the Carson City School District, members of the press, and more! It was a great opportunity to get all the city leaders out together to talk about bikes and enjoy the warm Spring morning with a leisurely bike ride.
More photos from the Celebrity Ride HERE.
Ride for Reading
A new event this year was the week-long Ride for Reading starting on May 5th. The ride began over at Carson City Health and Human Services, where we loaded bikes, bags, and baskets full of donated books. From there we pedaled over to Bordewich Elementary school, where a few hundred kids were awaiting our arrival. We entered the playground and made a parade lap as the kids cheered loudly for bikes and books. After a short safety talk by event organizer Cortney Bloomer, the kids were able to go pick out their own book. The Ride for Reading was definitely one of the highlights of the month for me. This event continued the rest of the week, with deliveries being made to other area schools.
More photos from the Ride for Reading HERE.
Bike to Work Week
May 12th was the start of Bike to Work Week. Businesses all over town competed in the annual Corporate Bicycle Commuter Challenge throughout the week. Good weather encouraged participation this year, and cyclists in the challenge collectively logged 4,398 miles, and made 680 trips by bicycle! Good job everyone. The final results for this competition and other statistics can be found HERE. Local coffee shops Capital Coffee and Comma Coffee treated bicycle commuters to free coffee on Bike to Work Day as a reward for their efforts.
Westside Cruiser Ride
If one had to pick the most fun event of Bike Month, the Westside Cruiser Ride would be it. Well over a hundred people gathered at the Brewery Arts Center, the staging area for the ride. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged for this fun parade style ride, and the riders did not disappoint! There were helmet antennae, tutus, capes, wigs, and even one crocodile costume. We encountered very little traffic along the route, and it was fantastic to see all the smiles and waves from the neighborhood residents. It was also great to see even more participation by the kids this year. After the ride, many of us went over to the Firkin and Fox for refreshments and live music. After dark, we lit up the lights for another fun ride home.
More photos from the Westside Cruiser Ride HERE.
Bike to Work Week Party
On May 16th we had our Bike to Work Week Party. Riders began rolling in after work on Friday to the Firkin and Fox ready to celebrate the week. People lined up to get their raffle tickets for all the wonderful prizes we had collected from our local businesses. Notch 8 played music between events and giving away raffle prizes. There was a helmet decorating table for the kids, and we had a couple bike games this year. The Slow Drag was funny to watch, with the last rider to cross the finish line declared the winner. We also had a few games of Bike Polo. Originally the adults were going to do a polo exhibition, but it ended up being the kids that dominated the games. Bike Polo continued throughout the evening until we had to reopen the street at 9:00 PM. The Corporate Challenge results were announced, and all the raffle prizes were given out including the two highly sought after cruiser bikes. Not only was it a fun party, it was a very successful fund raiser for Muscle Powered.
More photos from the Bike to Work Week Party HERE.
Bicycle Movie Night
On May 20th we had our Bicycle Movie night at Sassafras. The weather really changed this week, and it had rained most of the day. Most of us opted to drive to the movie that night. Mike Wiencek hosted movie night, where we showed the cycling classic, Breaking Away. Moviegoers enjoyed a night of movie trivia, great food and drinks, raffle prizes, and a fun film.
What a great month it was! Thank you to everyone who attended the events and made them so fun, all the Muscle Powered volunteers that gave their time at the events, the bike shops for keeping our bikes running, and a very special thank you to all our Bike Month Sponsors who make the events possible and help raise money for all the great bicycle and pedestrian projects happening around town. What a great community!
A very special thank you to (and I hope I have them all!):
- Bella Fiore Wines
- Bike Habitat
- Cafe at Adele’s
- Capital Coffee
- Capitol Automotive
- Carson City Orthodontics
- Carson City Visitors Bureau
- Comma Coffee
- The Cracker Box
- The Firkin and Fox
- High Sierra Brewing Company
- The Horseshoe Club
- The LED Light, Inc.
- Lumos & Associates
- Nevada Bicycle Advisory Board
- Nevada National Guard
- Notch 8
- “Out West” Storekeeper
- The Tap Shack
- Vitamin Research Products
- Webster Wealth Management LLC
For the final scheduled event of Bike Month, Muscle Powered and Sassafras will be presenting Bicycle Movie Night on the evening of May 20th. Ride your bike down and enjoy a classic bicycle movie with free popcorn, food and drink specials while you watch the movie, fun movie trivia, swag bags, and a lot of great raffle prizes including gift certificates and bicycle accessories! It’ll be fun for the whole family.
What: Bicycle Movie Night
Where: Inside Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint, 318 N Carson St, Carson City
When: Tuesday, May 20th @ 6:00 PM
Activities: Bicycle themed movie, movie trivia, raffle prizes, bike swag, free popcorn, food and drink specials, and more!
Admission: Free, but donations to Muscle Powered are always appreciated.
Another great competition! Thank you to all who participated. We hope you enjoyed the Challenge and that you continue riding your bike to work.
Total Miles: 4,397.5
Total Trips: 680
Calories Consumed at the Bike to Work Week Party: 300,000 I guess we have to continue riding to work this week, too.
Total Calories Burned: 175,910
CO2 offset by cycling vs. Driving (pounds): 2326,89
NV Guard 1006.9
NV Magazine 95
“Riding the cruiser up the hills to WNC to pick up the kiddo was an unexpected workout.” USGS
NV Guard 74
NV Magazine 15
“Jeez they like to tally in Fridays!! One more guys!” DETR
NV Magazine 19
NV Guard 16.78
“This is way harder than delivering mail.” USPS
Sierra Controls, LLC 430
Allison MacKenzie 231.54
Lumos & Assoc 225.1
Resource Concepts,Inc 85
Diablo Industries 79
Redrock Dental 28.07
“Thank you for the updates on the teams to include the reduced footprint. Love that feature.” Allison MacKenzie
Sierra Controls, LLC 68
Allison MacKenzie 48
Resource Concepts,Inc 34
Lumos & Assoc 32
Redrock Dental 9
Diablo Industries 8
“Thank you! What a wonderful week for riding!
This morning I took the long way to work because with all the flowers blooming I just could not get enough. Even talked Zoey into riding to school today!! Thank you so much for putting on this event.” Resource Concepts, Inc
Diablo Industries 15.80
Lumos & Assoc 9
Sierra Controls, LLC 8.6
Resource Concepts,Inc 8.5
Allison MacKenzie 4.63
Redrock Dental 1.87
“Fun fun fun!” Nevada Magazine
Total calories burned: 122,230.4
Pounds of CO2 offset: 1,616.83
Quote of the week: “I’ve learned not to put chapstick on before heading into Washoe Valley. The gnats are hatching and it’s like turning your lips into fly paper.” – Carol (Allison MacKenzie)
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 691.3
DETR – Cyclepaths 130.3
DHRM – Team Riding Once a Year 108.12
Nevada Magazine 85
NV Secretary of State 75.54
NV Bureau of Water Quality Planning 66
Western Nevada College 52.99
USPS Newmans 44
Sierra Controls, LLC 332.5
Allison MacKenzie 197.34
Lumos & Assoc 191.5
Resource Concepts, Inc 70
Diablo Industries 57
Redrock Dental 20.57
CV Sports 0
DETR – Cyclepaths 56
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 50
NV Secretary of State 30
USPS Newmans 24
DHRM – Team Riding Once a Year 18
NV Bureau of Water Quality Planning 13
Nevada Magazine 12
Western Nevada College 5
Sierra Controls, LLC 56
Allison MacKenzie 39
Resource Concepts, Inc 28
Lumos & Assoc 27
Diablo Industries 6
Redrock Dental 5
CV Sports 0
Public Average Mileage per Rider
Nevada Magazine 85.00
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 57.61
DHRM – Team Riding Once a Year 36.04
NV Bureau of Water Quality Planning 33.00
DETR – Cyclepaths 18.61
NV Secretary of State 15.11
Western Nevada College 13.25
USPS Newmans 11.00
Private Average Mileage per Rider
Diablo Industries 57.00
Lumos & Assoc 38.30
Resource Concepts, Inc 35.00
Sierra Controls, LLC 33.25
Allison MacKenzie 19.73
Redrock Dental 6.86
CV Sports 0.00
Friday, May 16th is national Bike to Work Day! Many of you have been commuting by bike all week for Bike to Work Week, but if you’ve been on the fence about giving it a shot, Friday is your day to go for it. Need more incentive, or a shot of energy? Two Carson City coffee shops will be giving out FREE coffee to bicycle commuters between 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM! Show them your helmet, and tell them you rode your bike to work.
Comma Coffee has been supporting Bike to Work Week for the 8 years I’ve been involved with the event, both as a commuter and an organizer. They have a fun atmosphere, and a nice outdoor courtyard with a Muscle Powered bike rack. Comma Coffee is located at 312 South Carson Street across from the Legislature Building. Comma Coffee on Facebook HERE.
Relatively new in town is Capital Coffee. Friendly service, great coffee, pastries, and outdoor seating is available. Capital Coffee is located at 504 E Musser Street. Capital Coffee on Facebook HERE.
Happy riding everyone, and don’t forget the party at the Firkin and Fox Friday evening! Ride on.