THE FARMER’S MARKET IS COMING

To All Muscle Powered members looking for a way to volunteer and have a FUN experience:

IT’S TIME TO JOIN THE 2014 FARMER’S MARKET BIKE VALET TEAM!

The very popular 3rd and Curry Farmer’s Market starts Saturday June 7 and so does the Muscle Powered Bike Valet. Our bike valet has grown in popularity year after year with more and more folks riding their bikes to the event. The bike valet raises our profile in the community, increases our memberships and provides monies for our trail building effort.

Staffing the bike valet is a highlight for those who volunteer. If you would like to join the volunteers please let us know. The normal
commitment is for 5 hours, but if you can only give a few hours, you’re still welcome to sign up.

To sign up for one or more of the days listed below – please contact Candice Chartraw at cchartraw@gmail.com or 775-885-0980.

Here are the available volunteer Saturday dates:
Hours are 8:30a-1:00p
June 7,14,21,28
July 5,12,19,26
August 2,9,16,23,30
September 6,13,20

Check out the Farmers Market website at http://www.carsonfarmersmarket.com/

Jenny Scanland with State Parks recognized for her work on multiple large bicycle trips last year

Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Leaders Awarded

    CARSON CITY, Nev. –   Nevada bicycling and pedestrian resources were recently recognized by the Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board’s annual awards program.

     The awards, presented at the Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Summit in Las Vegas, single out individuals, agencies and groups for improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities, safety and advocacy. 

    “Bicycling and walking offer many benefits. They make us as individuals and families healthier and they connect and enhance communities and reduce congestion and vehicle emissions,” board chairman Dennis Stark said. “Whether you have personally walked or bicycled a Nevada roadway or trail, or simply reaped the societal benefits, you’ve got these winners’ dedication and hard work to thank. From cities that have extensively incorporated bicycling into their community plans to individuals who promote safe biking, the winners have helped give our state more means of transportation. Our communities and commutes are better for it.”

     Bicyclists and pedestrians currently make up to 12 percent of all trips in the U.S. With proven environmental, economic and health benefits, the public demand for bicycling and walking opportunities is growing. Bicycling and pedestrian planning across the state have shown a surge in public interest in bicycling and walking, with more than half of vehicle users surveyed saying they would drive less if other forms of commuting were available.

     The Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board was created by the Nevada Legislature to advise state agencies on policies, programs and facilities, as well as promote programs and facilities for the safe use of bicycles and pedestrians in the state. The board consists of 14 members appointed by the Governor. More information is available at (775) 888-7433 (RIDE).       

                                                                                   

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Award Winners

 

 

 

Lifetime Service:      Ellen and Roger Jacobson  Reno Sparks Kiwanis Bike Safety Program

                                  Mel Maalouf   Junior Team Mentor, Alta Alpina Cycling Club

                                  Tim Rowe   Bicycle Advocate, Alta Alpina Cycling Club, Lake Tahoe 

                                  Bicycle Coalition, Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board

 

Advocacy/ActivistMichael Bayer   Alta Alpina Challenge

                                  Kevin Joell   Lake Tahoe Mountain Bike Patrol

                                  Jenny Scanland  Muscle Powered

                                  Jeff White   Elko Velo Cycling Club

 

Individual Employee-Agency:  Bill Champion   Nevada Division of State Parks

                                                   Thor Dyson   Nevada Department of Transportation

                                                   Rebecca Kapular   Nevada Department of Transportation

                                                   David Swallow   Regional Trans. Commission of Southern NV

 

Agency:                                     Nevada Division of State Parks

 

Community Bike/Ped Plan:     Carson Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

                                                   Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County

 

Organization:                           Safe Kids Washoe County

 

Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board Member of the Year: Noah Jennings (Member representing youth in Nevada)

 

            Safe Routes to School Special Recognition:  Janet Carthen   Washoe County School District

                                                                                         MJ Cloud   Washoe County School District

                                                                                         Cheryl Wagner   Clark County School District

Free Mt. Bike Endurance Clinic for those who might be interested

Free 2 hour on-trail Mt. Bike ‘endurance clinic’ Saturday, 4/14/12, at 11:30am.

Focus on pre-season conditioning, safety measures in the wilderness, emergency communications, gear recommendations, map reading and route finding for crossing Nevada on the ADT Bike Route.

Meet in Carson at Goni Road where the pavement ends. Beginner, intermediate and advanced riders welcome. Climb toward McClellan Peak at an easy pace as far as comfortable.

One-day ride routes on the ADT (to and from State Parks across Nevada) will be explained and promoted.

Multi-day tours will also be recommended: Mt. Bike Nevada Ride (west-to-east), and Jason Suslin’s Livestrong Ride (east-to-west), both scheduled for September.

Details: Ted at 530.305.9835

Word on the Street

Here is the current status of the 4th/Prater project.  

rtc1. In accordance with the Bike/Ped Master Plan, RTC is currently exploring options to revamp 4th street from Keystone Ave. to the east end of Prater at Vista Street. This would make the only safe, on street east/west passage between Reno and Sparks.  
2. This proposal does not include enhancements for bicycles between Lake St. and Ralston St. Their plan is to re-route bike traffic to 6th street in that area.  
3. This is not an acceptable option for cyclists or pedestrians and it is imperative that we tell RTC and the City Council so.
4. Please feel free to copy the letters below and send them to RTC and your City Council Members, and attend the Open House Workshop on April 19, from 4-7pm, at the RTC Bus Transit Station on the corner of 4th and Lake Street. 
 
Dear ________
 
I am writing to inform you that I support traffic enhancements for bicycles and pedestrians along the entire 4th/Prater Corridor, including the area between Ralston and Lake streets. These enhancements are a vital step in creating a safe and efficient corridor for all modes of transportation that nurtures growth in our community. Please support these enhancements when possible.  
 
Thank you for your time
 
Sincerely,
(your name here) 
 
 
Below is the Contact info for the RTC staff and City Council Members Involved:
 
RTC Project Manager: Christina Leach, AICP – RTC   
RTC Consultant: Andy Durling, AICP – Wood Rodgers  
 
Ron Smith, Chairman, City of Sparks,  rsmith@cityofsparks.us
Bob Larkin, Vice-Chair, Washoe County, rlarkin@washoecounty.us
Bonnie Webber, Washoe County,  bweber@washoecounty.us
Dan Gustin, City of Reno, gustind@reno.gov
Dave Aiazzi, City of Reno,  aiazzi@reno.gov

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Well, it’s another year, where do they go?

Muscle Powered has started the year with a BANG!

On January 12, 2012 we had our first Board Meeting of the year at Sassafras and we elected the following officers:

President: Donna Inversin Treasurer: Marcus Marchegger
Secretary: Anne Macquarie
Board members:
John Aragon – Insurance Cortney Bloomer – Summer Bike Rides
Kelly Clark Denis Coyne
Chas Macquarie – Technical Advisor Jeff Moser IT and Bike to Work Week
Jeff Potter – Trails Mark Johnson
Todd Erickson Candace Chartraw

We followed the election of officers with the annual planning meeting, and do we have some plans for 2012:

Anne Macquarie has offered to lead a 6-week “Reentry Ride” series of easy bike rides in May-June for beginning or “reentry” riders looking to get back on their bikes, including a flat tire seminar. This is something that I’m definitely planning of taking advantage of.

Cortney Bloomer will lead more strenuous summer bike rides, so you intrepid adventurers watch the calendar.

I will continue to lead the Tuesday evening walks. I have even found a couple of new ones, getting really close to that 52 different walks goal. Families are welcome on most walks, call me if you’re not sure about children participating.

Of course, don’t forget Bike to Work Week which will be May 14-18 this year. Watch for lots of fun events during the month of May.

Muscle Powered will again ‘man’ the bike valet at the 3rd Street Farmer’s Market this summer. If you’ve never done this give it a try, it’s a blast.

Tim Rowe has offered to lead a League of American Bicyclists Traffic skills course. I bet we could all use this.

And, let’s not forget the Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon Trail. Jeff Potter along with Chas Macquarie and others have done a lot work to get us to where we are today. On Monday February 13, 2012 there was an information meeting for public comment on the trail. We are near the last hurdle and should start cutting trail this spring.

Anne Macquarie hopes to have the new and improved bike map ready in time for Bike to Work Week. So if yours is getting old and tattered, there is hope.

So keep an eye on the calendar so that you won’t miss a thing.

Feel like your missing out on all the fun? Well we’d love to have you. If you’re interested in working on any of these projects please contact any of us, you’ll find the Board Member’s email address’ under CONTACT.

If you haven’t yet paid you 2012 membership dues, now is the time. Just click on BECOME A MEMBER.

And if you didn’t make the board meeting last month, how about the next one. Board meetings are open to all members. The next one with be April 5 at 6 p.m. at Sassafras.

Looking forward to an exciting and productive 2012

Donna N. Inversin
President