Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
. . FHWA will also hold two webinars – Wednesday and Thursday – to provide an overview of the MAP-21 guidance documents. All interested members of the public are invited to participate. MAP-21 Implementation Webinars
- 1:30 - 3:30p.m. EST, Wednesday, September 26. Register online at: http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/webconference/web_conf_learner_reg.aspx?webconfid=25047
- 1:30 – 3:30p.m. EST, Thursday, September 27. Register online at: http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/webconference/web_conf_learner_reg.aspx?webconfid=25066
Thursday, September 20, 2012
- A fully timed course with a King of the Mountain section.
- A new major roadway legally closed for cyclist only!
- Rest stops stocked by Whole Foods Market.
- 840 Fondo gift bag & t-shirt
- Post-ride meal & social with music in Historic Leipers Fork.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
The Knoxville Regional Bicycle Program has a free 1-hr class on safely riding one's bicycle on city streets. The class consists of a 5 min talk followed by a slow ride around town. An upcoming session is on Thursday September 27, at 6:30 PM starting at Market Square downtown. A bike and helmet are required. Signups are at the following link.
For beginning riders, taking a class such as this one can go quite a ways toward building riding confidence, as well as avoiding common beginner mistakes. The League of American Bicyclists has their own training courses. What other similar courses exist around the state?
Friday, September 14, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
. . Most of the time when we ask you to take action, it has to do with a national bicycling issue. That’s the main reason we created PeopleForBikes.org—to allow individuals to speak with one powerful, united voice in support of better bicycling in America.
. . Today, however, we need your action for another reason. Our parent foundation Bikes Belong is up for a $250,000 Chase Community Giving Grant. If we win the grant, $125,000 will go to help PeopleForBikes.org reach its goal of one million people (we are at 600,000 supporters now) and the other half will go toward our Green Lane Project, a new campaign to fast-track the installation of protected bike lanes in U.S. cities.
This is an excellent document for your review.
Friday, September 7, 2012
The Knoxville Track Club is sponsoring a fitness walking program starting September 8. They are looking for people to commit to one walk a week for seven weeks, culminating in an entry into the October 28 Crossknox 4 mile walk. Further information is available here.
This and other (hiking) events are listed at the Knoxville News Sentinel's Off the couch: Active options, Sept. 7 and beyond page.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
The National Women's Bicycling Summit will be held in Long Beach, CA on September 13 and registration is now open. I've heard it said that there are many more men who ride than women. What are the reasons for such? Speaking of which, there are the claims that drivers tend to give more passing distance if they believe the rider is female; having a ponytail sticking out the back of one's helmet does the trick.
There is an inspiring story at the link that also points to the value bikes bring to people. A Zambian girl was attending school seven miles away from home. Walking took about two hours each way; having a bike enabled her to drastically reduce her commute time, and she would no longer be too tired to attend some Fridays. This difference in speed is applicable to transportation planning everywhere.