Bike Updates for March 15

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Join us on the 2014 Iowa Legislative Bike Ride

 

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition is hosting the Legislative Bike Ride and Bike Demo on April 1, 3 PM at the Iowa State Capitol.  Members of the Iowa General Assembly have been invited to ride through downtown Des Moines on streets, bike lanes, and trails on a casual 5 mile route with a stop at El Bait Shop for root beer. This ride will be casual, easy, and fun.

 

We hope you can join us.  More information at http://www.new.iowabicyclecoalition.org/legisbikeride

 

US Supreme Court Decides Against Trails

 

A newsworthy item has surfaced about the recent Supreme Court ruling against trails.  The case has specific ramifications for trails in Federal landgrants and easements.  Right now, we dont’ think it will effect Iowa trails much at all.  But, we are keep a close eye by monitoring http://www.railstotrails.org

 

Tell Congress to Support Bike Safety

 

Please ask your members of Congress to sign on to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act: HR 3494 / S 1708. The DOT just issued a proposed national traffic safety goal that doesn’t include a specific target or goal for reducing the number of bicyclists and pedestrians killed on our roadways. We know that without a specific target to focus the attention of state DOTs and USDOT on reducing bicyclist and pedestrian deaths within the overall number — we get lost in the shuffle.

 

If you weren’t at the National Bike Summit, it’s a great way to make your voice heard on this important issue. Contact congress at https://www.votervoice.net/BikeLeague/campaigns/33929/respond

 

IBC Sponsoring Confluence Bike Ride on May 24

 

Like riding bikes? Like drinking beer? So do we! That’s why we are excited to be hosting the first annual Confluence Brewery Bike Tour at Iowa’s finest microbrewery on May 24th, 2014. The ride will start and end at Confluence Brewery (1235 Thomas Beck Rd Des Moines, IA 50315) with a ride start window of 7AM to 9AM. This one of a kind event has route options of either 25 miles or 50 miles. The 25 mile route offers 1 rest stop, while the 50 mile route offers two.

 

Find more information at http://www.confluencebiketour.com

Bacoon Ride Adds Camping and Pint Glasses for first 2,000

 

So we have blasted past the first 1,000 riders registered for the Bacoon Ride.  Since it happened so early, we are adding another set of stainless steel pint glasses.  Now, the first 2,000 riders will get their very own stainless steel pint glass.

 

Camping will be available at Waukee’s Centennial Park (this was the main campground for RAGBRAI back in 2006) for all registered BACooN RIDE participants! There will be no cost for camping for registered participants. Campgrounds will open late Friday afternoon for camping for both Friday (6/27) and Saturday (6/28) nights. Camping includes tents, bus or RV camping.  There are no electric hook-ups for buses or RVs.  More details to come!  Look for updates and regsiter at http://www.bacoonride.com

 

Have you seen the Gran Gable Fondo Jersey?

 

Registration is open for this great event.  Check out the Jersey at http://grangable.com/gear.php

 

New Report on Bikes and Transportation Funding

 

A new report, “Lifting the Veil on Bicycle & Pedestrian Spending” benchmarks planned bicycling and walking project spending in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and breaks down how state Departments of Transportation can become more transparent and responsive to community needs. Don’t miss the 50 state Score Cards to see how your state plans to spend its transportation funding.

http://www.advocacyadvance.org/MAP21/LiftingTheVeil