Commuter Connection
Commuter Connection #35
8/07/17

50 Corridor Commuter Club Prize Winners for August

These 50 Corridor commuters won prizes for completing a Commute Diary in www.sacregioncommuterclub.com during the month of August.  For each day the diary is completed, commuters earn points that are then used to bid on prizes.

Karen Bos - $25 Target Gift Card

Henry Wong - $25 Ticketmaster Gift Card

Hua Wei - $20 Amazon Gift Card

Ramona Buehrie - $15 Amazon Gift Card

Heidi Pequinot - $10 Starbucks Gift Card

Daniel Wisheropp - $5 Starbucks Gift Card

Lisa Lakin - $5 Starbucks Gift Card

Sukanya Madhala - $10 Chipotle Gift Card

Oui Bush - $30 REI Gift Card

 

Smart Routes To School Orientation

Parents of students at Sunrise Elementary and McGarvey Elementary in the Anatolia Community are invited to a Smart Routes to School Orientation, Tuesday, August 15, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Anatolia Club House.  The orientation will focus on strategies for active transportation for students and will feature a presentation by Tim Starback, founder of the Active4Me app used by the two schools to track students who walk, bike and scooter to school.  To register, contact rebecca@50corridortma.org.

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Bike Friendly 50
Bike Month News #5
6/20/17

FAQs (and answers) about Bike Month

Why weren't bike helmets required for the Great Scott! Bike and Walk Event?  

Don't get us wrong - we are a big fan of helmets!  But for adults over the age of 18, helmets are not required.  And, since the Great Scott event is really just an open roads event (no registration, no fees, just a guarantee of no cars), we can't impose requirements above what is provided for in the Motor Vehicle Code.  Our enforcement team had their hands full just making sure everyone stayed on the right side of the road and kept to safe speeds.

What aren't t-shirts available to more people, at more activities?

It's a matter of budget and logistics.  We simply can't afford to provide a t-shirt to everyone who participates, nor can we visit all Bike Month activities and provide t-shirts.  This year's special T-shirt Give-Away events worked well, and we will likely continue them next year.  This way, every one who really wants a shirt can make an effort to get one.  We were open on week days, week ends, during the days and on evenings in two separate locations.

Why can't I log miles on my stationary bike?

Sorry!  But you do get points for being fit and loyal to your exercise program!  Bike Month is about showing people how they can substitute some of their automobile trips with bicycle trips. Even those recreational trips are many times "gateway" experiences that lead to an awareness that cycling is a do-able transportation mode.

Why aren't more Bike Month Events planned for evenings?  weekends?  weekdays?  Saturdays? Worksites? Neighborhoods?

We agree and are trying to move in that direction!  This year's activities included noon-time bike rides focusing on work sites and evening bike rides focused on neighborhoods and communities.  Our Pedal Stop Series was held on Sundays, as was the Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues Bike Ride.  Saturdays were reserved for bike valet parking in the Folsom's Historic District. BUT, we promise to plan at least one Saturday ride for 2018.

Can't we have Great Scott more than one time a year?

We wish that, too!  But, realistically, once a year is about all we can handle - and preparing for that one day takes about 8 months of planning (yes, we've already started planning for next year.)  The people who use Scott Road and White Rock Road on a daily basis don't share our enthusiasm for more road closures.  And, most of the people who staff the day's event are volunteers.  Our jurisdictions admirably carve out a little funding from their already tight budgets to provide things like port-potties, signage and law enforcement.  Sponsorships help with the website/publicity,  insurance, food truck guarantees, etc.  Above all, we want to keep this a free event that welcomes people of all ages, all skills and all abilities!  For now, once a year is the best we can do!  However, as development occurs and an extensive network of bicycle infrastructure is put in place, the opportunity for cycling South of 50 will increase.

For a recap of Bike Month on the 50 Corridor, visit our VIDEO Web page.

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