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  • 21 Oct 2012 11:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will be Friday Oct 26 at 6:30pm at Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1000 N Winton Rd.

    The feedback from last year’s dinner was positive so the menu will again be from Sticky Lips but this time with fewer rolls and more cornbread! Anyone who led a ride, worked on an adopt a highway cleanup, submitted articles and/or pics to the newsletter, submitted maps or any of a number of other tasks is eligible for a free dinner. Club members who did not volunteer and would like to attend or anyone who would like to bring a guest may do so for $12.

    Hopefully we didn’t miss anyone but if over the past year you volunteered to help us out and did not receive an invitation yet, please let us know.

  • 20 Oct 2012 7:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    City of Rochester Receives ‘Bicycle Friendly Community Award’ From League of American Bicyclists

    Complete-Street(Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012) undefined Mayor Thomas S. Richards today accepted a national recognition for the City of Rochester from the League of American Bicyclists. Rochester undefined one of only two cities in New York State to be so honored undefined was named the recipient of a “Bicycle Friendly Community” Award during a Navigating MAP-21 Bicycle/Pedestrian Advocacy Conference held in Rochester. New York City is also a New York State recipient and one of the 242 award designees nationally.

    The City received a Bronze level award for its commitment to improving cycling conditions through investments in cycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

    “The City of Rochester is honored to be recognized by such a prestigious organization for our commitment to creating a community that is more accessible and friendly to cyclists and pedestrians,” said Mayor Thomas S. Richards. “The Bronze Award is recognition that our hard work to integrate bicycling and walking into our community is paying off.”

    The League of American Bicyclists advocates for improved cycling conditions in communities nationwide, representing the interests of 57 million bicyclists nationwide in addition to its 300,000 members and affiliates.

    “The popularity of this program is clear evidence that simple steps to make bicycling safe and comfortable pay huge dividends in civic, community and economic development,” said League President Andy Clarke.

    The City completed its Rochester Bicycle Master Plan in 2011, and is now including Bike Lane and Shared Use Lane (Sharrow) markings on many of its street design projects, as well as other amenities such as bike racks, bike shelters, bike lockers and bicycle service repair stations. The Master Plan, as well as the Complete Streets Policy, also approved in 2011, have improved access for cyclists, pedestrians and persons with disabilities along Rochester’s streets and within neighborhoods.

    Since completing these documents, the City has installed more than 11 miles of on-street bike lanes or shared-use lanes and another 46 lane miles are programmed or proposed. Multi-use trails, such as the Genesee Riverway Trail and the newly-opened El Camino Trail, continue to be enhanced and extended. The City has installed 30 miles of multi-use trails and another four miles are planned.

    In addition, over 100 bike racks have been installed, as well as other bicycle infrastructure such as bike shelters and bike repair stands. The City’s “ROC the Bike!” initiative and its Bike Week celebrations, promoting cycling in Rochester, have also boosted the number of bicycling enthusiasts. Additional information on bicycling in Rochester is located at

    More information about the Bicycle Friendly Communities program and the League of American Bicyclists can be found at:

  • 19 Oct 2012 11:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The last clean up of the season is Saturday Oct 20th

    Meet at the corner of Plank Rd and Rt 250 in Webster. Bring a safety vest and bike helmet if you have them, otherwise the DOT provides both. (one size fits all)

    Wear boots and work gloves as it may be wet out there. This is the last clean up of the season but counts towards a volunteer point for next year, so come on out and get an early start on your volunteer points for next year!

    Contact Hank  217-9450 with any questions or concerns.

  • 23 Sep 2012 3:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Several years ago, members of the Rochester Bicycling Club (RBC) helped to rate selected roads in the City of Rochester, surrounding Monroe County, and nearby towns in Wayne, Ontario, and Livingston Counties. These road ratings were used by the Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) to develop the 2009 Edition of the Greater Rochester Area Bicycling Map. 20,000 copies of the map were printed by the GTC and distributed throughout the bicycling community by members of the RBC and others.

    It is time to update the map and we need the help of experienced road cyclists.

    You must be willing to ride the selected roads in the Town of Monroe County you select during non-commute times. You must be over 18 years old.

    If you would like to help with rating the roads for this map update, please send me an email with the following information:

    1.Your name, address, home or cell phone number
    2.Your cycling experience in 100 words or less
    3.If you want a copy of the current map let me know

    I will email to you additional details with a list of the Towns open for rating.

    The ratings must be completed by October 31, 2012 in order to meet the goal of publishing a new edition of the map during the winter of 2012/2013.

    RBC Board Member

  • 21 Sep 2012 3:33 PM | Deleted user

    On August 4 there will be a fundraiser to benefit Kevin Royston, the cyclist who was assaulted by a hit and run driver on Tuesday June 5, and left for dead.  This assault took place in Rushville, NY, an area where we all ride.

    The fundraiser will be held out of Bristol MT and feature a 75 and 25 mile ride.  The event is titled the R4R (Ride for Royston).

    In addition to the rides (registration is $60 and includes Ride, Dinner, and a raffle ticket) there will be a silent auction and the R4R Raffle (tickets $10 ea or 7 for $50).  Participants can sign up using their Paypal account or on the day of the event.  Additional donations can be made to help the Royston family defray the costs of this horrific injury.

    All information about this event can be obtained by going to


  • 16 Aug 2012 11:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We need your help for the next round of Bicycle and Pedestrian Traffic Count

    On September 11, September 12, and September 13, 2012, members of the Rochester Cycling Alliance, the Active Transportation Working Group, and other interested parties are invited to participate in the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project counts for the Rochester Area. This will be the second series of counts for the region (the first was completed in May of this year).

    These counts are part of a national effort intended to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and to better inform decisions on where improvements to our roads, sidewalks, and trails will help to best serve all users. Typically, the counts are taken in two-hour increments from 7-9 a.m. and/or from 4-6 p.m. (although the time can vary to match the “peak” traffic at any given location).

    There are two types of counts which include “screenline” counts of users passing by the counter’s location and (more difficult) intersection counts. The counts are recorded on paper forms in fifteen minute increments using a nationally-consistent method.
    This is an important project that depends on the help of volunteers for its success.

    A project website has been developed, at where individuals that want to help can easily sign-up as well as view the count locations on Google Maps and download further information about the project.

    If you’re interested in assisting with the counts, please visit the website listed above or contact me at your convenience for further details.

    Richard DeSarra,

  • 07 Jul 2012 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Andrew Spiller Memorial Picnic and Challenge Ride

    Saturday July 14th
    Farmington Town Park
    7am -7am the following day

    Open to everyone, the only entrance fee is a dish to pass! This is a great chance to push yourself to ride further than ever before.

    So if you are up to it, this is your chance to ride mega miles, or just spend the day socializing. How you spend the day is entirely up to you. Some opt for riding 24 hours, others just part of it, still others just come for the party (no alcohol). This is the club’s annual picnic/ride held at Farmington Town Park in where else?… Farmington. The park sits in the middle of a figure eight loop, with each loop being 25 miles. This way you are never more than 12.5 miles from the start (or finish depending on how tired you are). What better way to challenge yourself to ride farther than you ever have before without getting too far out and wondering how you are going to make it back? After each loop there will always be food, beverages and encouragement waiting.

    Gary Butterfield will lead a night ride again this year for as many loops as riders want to ride. For night time riding, lights are a must and reflective gear is recommended as well. For safety reasons, everyone must ride the night loop after dark which is only 12.5 miles. This not only makes it easier to keep track of where everyone is, but the route is set up entirely with right hand turns and only crosses one major intersection. This loop is often used during the day as well for families not wanting to ride the longer loops. All the loops except the night loop can be ridden in either direction.

    Riding starts as early as 7am and continues for 24 hours rain or shine if there are willing bodies. We ask that everyone bring a dish to pass (fruit, salads and pasta are nice, and cookies and……you get the idea). Beverages and tableware provided. Although there is food of some sort available all day, the actual “picnic” begins around 11am and lasts until the food is gone.

    The ride is not supported, other than with encouragement, except at night when a “chase” car drives the route to make sure everyone is accounted for.

    There are no pavement markings on the route unless they are left from prior years but cue sheets for all the loops are on your CD, please bring map #148 with you to the ride.

    With special permission from the town of Farmington, the event has always been offered as a 24 hour event, except for the year one of our members was killed by a drunk driver while riding north of Albany in an ultra marathon event. In memory of him and his love of ultra marathoning, the event was renamed and is officially known as the Andrew Spiller Memorial Challenge ride.

    This event is sponsored by the club every year for its members to enjoy as they please, make it your event by challenging yourself to ride a little more. Andrew would want it that way.

    Directions:  take Rt 96 east to  Rt 332 (north of Canandaigua) take a left at the light and go to Collett Rd.  Another right at Collett Rd, through the next intersection, over the RR and just past the highway dept garage puts you almost at the driveway to the park or take Rt 96 eastbound, past the Rt 332 intersection.  After turning left at CR #8, a few miles up the road just after crossing the railroad tracks, the park is on the left (corner of Collett and CR# 8)

    For more information contact ……….Karen

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