Kings to Ash Canyon Trail Update

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On August 2nd Open Space Manager Juan Guzman presented the Cooperative Agreement between Muscle Powered and Carson City to the Carson City Board of Supervisors for approval. Included in the Agreement is that Carson City will provide workers compensation for volunteers working on City land. The Agreement passed with a unanimous vote, with Mayor Bob, Shelly Aldean and Karen Abowd praising Muscle Powered’s efforts.

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Muscle Powered signed a Volunteer Service Agreement with the U.S.F.S in June and Muscle Powered crews have been building trail on U.S.F.S land since June 29th. Our crews have been working on a difficult section of trail preparing a safe route for volunteers to get to the work site. We should have this section finished by next week.

The Great Basin Institute (NCC Trail Crew) will start building trail on August 6th. Construction will begin at the top of Waterfall Rd and work north towards Ash Cyn. They’re available for two weeks, with the possibility of working an additional week at the end of August. This will give NCC crew leaders an idea of what to expect for next year’s build season.

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If you would like to sign up for upcoming trail work days please contact me at jeffpotter@musclepowered.org

Thanks

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“Road Diet” for Carson Street?

The notion of putting downtown Carson Street on a “Road Diet” has emerged again, this time championed by local business owner Doreen Mack. According to Dan Burden, a consultant who coined the term and now  travels the country helping cities figure out how to put their roads on a diet, “A road diet is anytime you take any lane out of a road.”

According to Streetfilms (www.streetfilms.org) “Road diets are good for pedestrians: They reduce speeding and make vehicle movements more predictable while shortening crossing distances. They’re good for cyclists: Many road diets shift space from car lanes to create bike lanes. They’re good for drivers: Less speeding improves safety for motorists and passengers, and providing left-turn pockets allows through traffic to proceed without shifting lanes or waiting behind turning vehicles.”

You might remember that NDOT gave Carson Street back to Carson City a couple of years ago. We – that is, broadly, the people of Carson City – own and maintain it now. The City planned to redesign Carson Street to make it more friendly to pedestrians  – and to downtown businesses – when the City undertook ownership. Unfortunately, that idea, like many others, was shelved during the  great recession that has had such a continuing impact on our state.

Meanwhile, downtown businesses suffer. Who wants to walk downtown except on Nevada Day or  during Taste of Downtown? Yet downtown businesses need pedestrian traffic to stay alive. As Doreen says, “Downtown parking and fence removal is essential for retail shop owners and customers. It creates synergy. When people see activity, they want to stop and see what is going on. In essence (a road diet) would create more foot traffic and bring in more business for the shops in surrounding areas, not to mention more jobs.

There will be a informational meeting about the Carson Street road diet on August 21 at 5 pm in the Sierra Room of the Carson City Community Center.

Rush to Washoe Walk and Bike Ride

$400 Million Dollars have been spent, and soon you will have a nice new bridge to walk or ride your bicycle across. But only for a few hours, so listen up!

Rush to Washoe! Run, Walk, or Bike the New I-580 Freeway. The public is invited to join the Nevada Department of Transportation in celebrating the soon to open I-580 Freeway, Saturday, July 28, 2012. Activities start at 7 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. with the opportunity to bike, walk, or run along the freeway, including the Galena Creek Bridge – the longest concrete cathedral arch bridge in the nation.

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The event will include informational displays at various locations along the freeway describing many design features as well as an opportunity for an up close look at some of the heavy equipment used during construction.

Bicyclists riding from Carson City and the Washoe Valley will have access to the freeway in the area of the new Bowers Mansion Interchange – signs will be posted and volunteers available to assist in directing bicycle traffic entering from the south end of the new freeway. Pedestrians will not be allowed onto the alignment from the south end – pedestrians must access via the Mt. Rose Highway.

Schedule of events:

  • 7:00 AM: Start of bicycle ride from the Mt. Rose Interchange to the Bowers Mansion Interchange (roundtrip)
  • 7:30 AM: 5K/10K “Fun Run”
  • 8:00 AM: Booths open and freeway open to general event traffic
  • 1:00 PM: Vehicle and pedestrian access areas at the north end of the freeway will be closed to incoming traffic.  Event areas close and remaining vehicle traffic will be directed to exit the freeway via the Bowers Mansion Interchange.

The $400 million project involves constructing nine bridges and an eight-and-a-half-mile freeway from the Mount Rose Highway in Reno to the north end of Washoe Valley.

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The freeway will officially open to traffic in late July or early August. I don’t believe bikes will be allowed on this stretch of freeway, but the good news is that when much of the auto traffic is diverted to the new freeway, riding your bike through Pleasant Valley on the old road will be…well, pleasant!

More details (including entering by bike on the Reno side), rules, and safety tips for this event can be found here: http://www.freewayextension.com/I-580_2012JulyEvent_Details.pdf

2012 Corporate Challenge Final Results

Muscle Powered
Bike to Work Week
Corporate Challenge Results
Total Miles – 6132.32
Total Trips – 1646

With 6,132.32 miles biked or walked to work, and 1646 trips on foot or by bike, this was our most successful Bike to Work Week Corporate Challenge ever. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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Looks like CC Supervisor Karen Abowd is havng a great time during the Celebrity Bike Ride.

We hope you enjoyed the Bike Month events that were partnered with or organized by Muscle Powered:
Bike Habitat’s Tour of Carson
Celebrity Bike Ride
Wednesday Cruiser Ride
Corporate Challenge
Bike to Work Day Party at the Firkin & Fox
Family Bike Ride w/CHHS & CC Parks & Rec

Upcoming Muscle Powered activities and projects:
Carson City Bicycle & Pedestrian Map Revision
Tuesday Evening Walks
Farmers Market Bike Valet
Kings Canyon to Ash Canyon Trail Construction

If you like what we do please consider becoming a member.

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These three riders from the WNC team rode all the way from Douglas County during the Corporate Challenge. Bravo!

Solo

Miles
Troy Orosco    119.04
Danny Miller      84.46
Tammy Steele   68.25

Private Business

% of Participation
Redrock Dental Molar Cyclers 73.30%
Capitol Automotive                      50%
Alison – MacKenzie                     23.70%
Hair Studio & Spear Me              23.3%
RCI Flyers                                   11%
Tahoe Fracture                            4.60%

Miles
Lumos & Assoc.                      393
Tahoe Fracture                          160
RCI Flyers                                 150
CV Sports                                  126
Alison – MacKenzie                    102.6
Capitol Automotive                     92.7
Redrock Dental Molar Cyclers   77
Hair Studio & Spear Me             29.5

Trips
Alison – MacKenzie                  73
Lumos & Assoc.                         60
Redrock Dental Molar Cyclers   59
RCI Flyers                                  54
Tahoe Fracture                           39
Capitol Automotive                     20
CV Sports                                  16
Hair Studio & Spear Me             10

Public Agency

Trips
NV Guard Rough Riders   161
NDEP We’re No Fuels         133
DETR Cyclepaths                126
NDOT – M&T Lab Rats         113
NDOT – ROW                       110
NDOT -Team IT                    98
NDOT-Planning Division      96
DHHS- Central                     75
EITS                                     74
WNC – 1                               66
DMV – OBL                           52
USPS                                   45
WNC – 2                               45
WNC – 3                               44
USGS                                   41
CCSD School Bus Drivers   20
NLCB                                   12

Miles
NV Guard Rough Riders   880
NDOT – Team IT                  624.93
DHHS Central Office           436.45
NDOT – ROW                      371.7
NDOT – M&T Lab Rats        340.5
NDEP We’re No Fuels         308.7
USGS                                  307.7
NDOT-Planning Division      246.62
DETR Cyclepaths                208.91
NLCB                                   200.65
EITS                                    186.5
WNC – 1                               161.65
WNC – 3                               149
WNC – 2                               93.56
USPS                                   73.4
CCSD School Bus Drivers   64
DMV – OBL                           64

% of Participation
DMV – OBL                         75%
NDOT-Planning Division     41%
NDOT – Team IT                 16.90%
NDOT – ROW                     15.50%
NDOT – M&T Lab Rats       11.40%
DETR Cyclepaths               10.80%
USGS                                  9.80%
USPS                                  7.30%
NLCB                                  7.20%
DHHS Central Office           7%
EITS                                    5.60%
NV Guard Rough Riders     5.30%
CCSD School Bus Drivers  5%
NDEP We’re No Fuels         3.40%

We  look forward to seeing you next year!

Bike to Work Week – Thursday

Nevada Vulnerable Highway Users bill

Muscle Powered Fact: Muscle Powered, a grassroots citizens organization advocating for better bicycling and walking conditions in Nevada’s capital city, decided last year to make the passage of a Vulnerable Users Law a priority for the Nevada 2011 legislative session. – Anne Macquarie.

Read the entire article HERE.

Commuter Tip:  When commuting to work with a friend it’s necessary to point out road hazards such as potholes and road debris by announcing,  pointing to,  and safely navigating around, the hazard. Failure to do so could result in an injury to your riding partner and damage their bicycle.

A couple of mountain bike friends of ours (Cagney & Lacy*) decided a number of years ago they would like to try road riding and purchased two road bikes. But because of their work schedules and office location (Cagney worked in Reno and Lacy in Carson City) they didn’t ride together right away.  Lacy liked road riding.  We rode with her often, teaching her the skills and etiquette required of a “roadie”.
We taught her how to draft, ride in a paceline, and to point out road hazards.

When Lacy was able to finally go out for a ride with Cagney they rode from their home in south Reno to Washoe Valley and back.  Everything was great during the first half of the ride. Cagney being the stronger of the two rode in front. Lacey, happy to sit in the draft on the fun descent through Pleasant Valley, rode in the back. It was on the return trip that things went awry. Cagney, not having been taught proper road etiquette, employed his mountain bike skills and expertly dodged the fast approaching 2×4 laying across the road.  Lacey wasn’t so lucky. She plowed into the 2×4 and flew over the handlebars. Fortunately for Lacey she wasn’t hurt too bad, just a little banged up, bruised and jittery. But the trust was gone.  Unfortunately for Cagney, Lacey never let him forget this incident. Point out road hazards!

*Not their real names.

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Lee Harter successfully negotiates Jeff Potter’s release from the hands of justice. photo by Ashley Dale

Bike to Work Week Corporate Challenge results so far…
Solo
Tom Tittle      85.98
Danny Miller  84.46
Troy Orosco   80.91
Tammy Steele 28.84

Private Business
Trips
Alison – MacKenzie                42
RCI Flyers                              34
Redrock Dental Molar Cycles 34
Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic 23
CV Sports                                8
Hair Studio & Spear Me           8
Capitol Automotive                   4

Miles
Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic 110
Redrock Dental Molar Cycles 90
CV Sports                               87
Alison – MacKenzie                49.8
RCI Flyers                               49
Hair Studio & Spear Me          22
Capitol Automotive                 18.4

% of Participation
Redrock Dental Molar Cycles 83.30%
CV Sports                               28.50%
Alison – MacKenzie                 22.20%
Hair Studio & Spear Me         22.20%
RCI Flyers                              11.60%
Tahoe Fracture                        5%

Public agency
% of Participation
DMV – OBL                      87.50%
NDOT – M&T Lab Rats    25%
NDOT-Planning Division 17.30%
USGS                              14.10%
NDOT – Team IT              11.60%
DETR Cyclepaths            10.90%
NV Guard Rough Riders  9.30%
DHHS Central Office        7.30%
USPS                                7.20%
CCSD School Bus Drivers 7.10%
EITS                                   5.60%
NDEP We’re No Fuels       3.20%

Trips
DETR Cyclepaths        80
NDEP We’re No Fuels 75
NDOT – M&T Lab Rats 71
NDOT – ROW               68
NV Guard Rough Riders 65
NDOT – Team IT           60
EITS 44
WNC – 1                        42
NDOT-Planning Division 30
DHHS Central Office      29
USPS                              27
WNC – 2                           27
WNC – 3                           26
USGS                               25
DMV – OBL                       22
CCSD School Bus Drivers 18
NLCB                                  9

Miles
NDOT – Team IT           394.61
NV Guard Rough Riders 350
NDOT – ROW                242.7
NDOT – M&T Lab Rats 184.5
NDEP We’re No Fuels  172.1
DHHS Central Office    166.1
USGS                           159.4
NLCB                            149.4
DETR Cyclepaths           138.51
WNC – 1                          107.99
EITS 105.3
NDOT-Planning Division 78.16
CCSD School Bus Drivers 59
WNC – 3                           53
WNC – 2                           50.26
USPS                               38
DMV – OBL                       32

Nice job everyone!

Bike to Work Week Party at the Firkin and Fox

It’s great to see the bicycle miles and trips rack up from our Corporate Challengers! If you haven’t been keeping track, go check out the previous posts to see the daily totals. We’re going to have a big party at the Firkin and Fox on Friday night the 18th to celebrate everyone’s hard work this week. In addition to announcing the winners of the Corporate Challenge, we’re going to have live music from Notch 8, and a raffle with prizes you don’t want to miss out on. Money collected from the raffle goes to benefit Muscle Powered, Citizens for a Walkable and Bikeable Carson City.

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Last year’s winners of the woman’s cruiser

The Bicycle Authority helped us with the grand prizes again this year, two Custom Beach Cruisers from Phat Cycles! These two bikes are the nicest we’ve given away yet, a little more custom than last year’s. We traditionally give the bikes away before it gets too dark, giving people without lights the opportunity to ride home safely.

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Women’s Cruiser

Raffle Bikes
Men’s Cruiser

In addition to the bikes from Bicycle Authority, there are plenty of other fantastic prizes to give away, all donated by our other Bike to Work Week Sponsors! And yes, you MUST be present to win. This year’s sponsors are:

  • Adele’s
  • Bicycle Authority
  • Bike Carson/Tahoe
  • Bike Habitat
  • Bike Smith
  • Capitol Automotive
  • Comma Coffee (Free morning coffee for bicycle commuters)
  • Cracker Box
  • Firkin and Fox
  • High Sierra Brewery
  • Muscle Powered
  • Red Bike Cycling
  • Sassafras
  • The Tap Shack

Notch 8 will entertain the crowd between the raffle items, and there will be drinks available outside during the party. Food will be available inside at the restaurant.

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Notch 8 to perform at the party

Details:

What: Bike to Work Week Party 2012
Where: Firkin and Fox, 310 S. Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701
When: Friday, May 18th @ 5:30 PM.
Other: The party is outside in the back of the restaurant. Plenty of bike parking in view of the party.
Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/378436315525125/

And the winners are..

The winners of the Muscle Powered Trail Construction Scholarships are: Todd Erickson, Cortney Bloomer and Eric Ziegler. The scholarships were made possible by Muscle Powered and a generous donation from the Bike Habitat.

Including the three individuals mentioned above we will have six TRTA trained crew leaders at the end of May. I believe this will be enough to get us well on our way when we start construction on the Kings Canyon to Ash Canyon Trail in late spring.

Thank you Bike Habitat!