New York’s vulnerable user law

Vulnerable Users

In a post from Streetsblog New York, the new vulnerable user law in New York is announced. New York is the third state, following Oregon and Delaware, to have a vulnerable user law. The new law adds a violation called careless driving. A group of Muscle Powered members and others is working to ensure that Nevada joins the list in the next legislative session in 2011.

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Muscle Powered Quarterly Board Meeting

Dear Muscle Powered members,

It’s time for our Muscle Powered Quarterly Board Meeting!

Muscle Powered will be having a quarterly board meeting on Wednesday, July 21st, at 6:30 PM, at the Straw Hat Pizza on Highway 50 East. Members are encouraged to attend! We’ve picked up a lot of new members recently, and we would like to hear your ideas. What would you like to see be done to make Carson City a better place for bicycling and walking? Help us coordinate more Muscle Powered activities. Learn more about what we do and how you can get involved!

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Muscle Powered Bike Rack at Straw Hat Pizza

Ride your bike down if you can. Straw Hat has a new Muscle Powered bike rack out in front of the restaurant.

What: Muscle Powered Quarterly Board Meeting
Where: Straw Hat Pizza, 2010 Highway 50 East, Carson City, NV 89701 (next to the old Scolari’s / Sak ‘n Save)
When: Wednesday, July 21st @ 6:30 PM.

Hope to see you there,

Jeff Moser
Muscle Powered

Weekend Happenings

Here’s a look at what’s going on this weekend:

Friday, 6/18

  • Bike Habitat and Marin Bikes Present a Marin Bikes Demo!

This Friday, June 18 5:00 – 8:00
Bike Habitat and Marin Bikes will be in Ash Canyon for an evening of bike riding and fun.

The highlight of the evening will be Marin offering Demo rides on their 29’rs, and 5″ & 6″ travel full suspension bikes.
If you have ever wanted to ride a 29’er or Full Suspension mountain bike this is a great opportunity to take one out for a ride.

The Demo Van will be set up in the parking area above the water tanks.

Directions: West on Ash Canyon Rd. to the end. Turn right on Wellington West. Travel 400 yards turn left on dirt road between the houses. Go up the dirt road past the water tanks and park.

This event is free and open to the public. There will be several pedal types available to match up with your shoes, so just bring your favorite riding shoes.

Saturday, 6/19

  • Muscle Powered Road Ride (Easier Pace) Meet at Bowers Mansion at 9:00 AM.  1-2 laps around Franktown.  9-18 miles.  Avg 13 mph.  Contact Vickie 841-7825.  Muscle Powered Membership required.
  • Muscle Powered Road Ride (moderate pace) – 9:30 AM – Ride Leader Paul Zatarain

We will be starting at Bike Habitat at 9:30 and going around Carson via Edwards, Deer Run Rd, Arrowhead, Ash Canyon and Curry street. This is the same route that was planned for the Bike Habitat sponsored ride around Carson a few months ago. Hope to see you there! Approximately 27 miles. Contact pzatarain9th@yahoo.com for more details.

Sunday, 6/20

  • Muscle Powered Cruiser Ride – 9:30 AM at Telegraph Square (corner of Telegraph and Curry Street).

Join us for a meander around the west side of our fair city on Sunday morning. Ride about 5 miles in about 45 minutes. Wear helmets. Meet at Telegraph Square at 9:30 Sunday morning. Forecast that day so far is clear and high 78 deg F. Muscle Powered Membership required.

Genoa-Markleeville ride on Saturday

Muscle Powered is sponsoring a moderate ride on Saturday, June 12, from Genoa to Markleeville.

Meet 9:30AM at Mormon Station State Park in Genoa. Ride will go from Genoa to Markleeville, a moderate 40-mile ride. We will be taking lunch at Woodfords and if anyone is interested bring cash. Helmet required, must be Muscle-Powered member, can sign up at the ride.  For more information contact Paul Zatarain at pzatarain9th at yahoo.com.

Cruiser Rides to Start

During Bike to Work Week, we had a good turnout for the West Carson Cruiser Ride, and everyone had a lot of fun. In years past, we had talked about doing these cruiser rides throughout the summer, but never followed through. This year we have the volunteers to make it happen though, and the first ride begins tonight!

West Carson Cruiser Ride
West Carson Cruiser Ride

  • What: Easy paced Cruiser Ride
  • When: June 2nd @ 6:00 PM
  • Where: The ride will begin and end at the Brewery Arts Center on King Street
  • What to Bring: A helmet and possibly a wind breaker if it gets chilly this evening.
  • Additional Info: These rides are for Muscle Powered members. Help support bicycle advocacy in Carson City by becoming a member. Sign up before the ride or online by visiting the Become a Member page here on Muscle Powered.

The weather has finally warmed up now, so Muscle Powered has decided that tonight, Wednesday June 2nd @ 6:00 PM, will be the kick-off for the Summer Cruiser Rides. Tonight’s ride will start and finish at the Brewery Arts Center on King Street, and will be an easy paced 4-5 mile cruise.

For additional information, contact details, and other upcoming events please click on the Calendar tab at the top of the page.

Benton Ride

Muscle-Powered is holding an organized ride from Lee Vining to Benton Junction on Sunday May 16.

The carpool shuttle will leave the south end of Carson City at 6:30 a.m. enroute to Lee Vining. We will shuttle will cars to the end point at Benton Junction.

Riders will start the 46 mile ride at about 10 a.m. just south of  Lee Vining, traveling along State Route 120 to Benton Junction.

We plan to eat at the  Whoa Nellie Deli at Tioga Gas Mart Mobil station in Lee Vining afterward.

This will be an all day trip. The High Sierra Club has a website with elevations of the route if you are interested. It is supposed to be rolling hills, with a climb into Benton at the end, some rough pavement. The web site for the Sierra Fall Century has mileages and an elevation profile for hwy 120  from 395 to Benton Junction (and more): http://www.fallcentury.org/, click on 100-mile course. Also see http://eastsidevelo.org/?q=book for other rides in the area.

If you are interested in participating please call Kelly Clark at 315-2719 as we will need to coordinate the number of cars, bikes on cars, and shuttle.

Rack ’em up

Muscle Powered rack at Curry & Telegraph

The eleventh Muscle Powered yellow bike rack has just been installed, at the northwest corner of Curry St and Telegraph St, downtown.

This rack was donated to the city by Muscle Powered and Anne and Chas Macquarie, and was installed by Carson City Public Works on a public sidewalk area (it is out of the flow of traffic, though, as it should be). We hope to see it getting used, so head on down town, park your bike, and visit the local businesses.

We’ll have news of two more racks within two weeks, as well as a possible renewal of Muscle Powered’s yellow bike rack program with new racks.

There is a database of bike racks in Carson City, complemented by a Google Map of the locations. With this rack, the number of known bike rack locations is 106, though some locations have more than one rack.