Photo from a previous Bend Bikes Community Ride | Photo © BendBikes.org
There are no shortage of worthy causes in our community. Opportunities to volunteer abound: from putting in a shift at the Bethlehem Inn, to being a course flagger for a local road or mountain bike race, to sitting on one of the myriad transportation committees. All of them beg for your time with little in the way of monetary rewards, though there are those intangibles such as how they make you feel.
Here’s slightly different thought though. How about you “volunteer” to help build Bend’s bicycle commuting culture? Why not meet-up with others who commute by bike? It’s not a workout that’ll ever show up on Strava, mostly because it’s not a workout at all.
Bend Bikes hosts family-friendly rides around Bend. The varied, conversational-paced routes are under 10 miles, and are often on neighborhood streets or pathways so its easy to chat as you pedal along.
They’re held the last Sunday of the month through October. Meetup at 3:30pm at Bend Velo Bike Shop. Everyone from beginners to experts are welcome. You just need to have a basic understanding of the rules of the road and a willingness to follow them. The next ride is July 27th. Come join the fun and plant the seeds of a growing community of riders.
Here are a few bite sized stories:
from Oregon Cyclist | Twin Bridges Loop Scenic Bikeway
Hank Therien, of Visit Bend, and a group known as the Friends of the Three Sisters Scenic Bikeway want to ensure that the Oregon Scenic Bikeways in our region get their fair share.
They’ll be conducting some bicycle counts this month with the idea of gathering data.
According to Therien,
“…the state wants to know how much use the various Oregon Scenic Bikeways are seeing to better be able to judge the success of the program.”
He fully expects to see a large number of riders along the Twin Bridges route, averaging around 15 per hour.
What the Friends of the Three Sisters Scenic Bikeway really want isn’t just data though, but what it can bring: more dollars for road and shoulder improvements. Many of the roads on Central Oregon’s Scenic Bikeways are classified as low-use, meaning they carry less than 100 cars per day. As such, they are low on the priority-list when it comes to funding. The group wants to be able to demonstrate that the total use of a route’s roads (bicycle and car) makes it significantly more important.
If you’d like to volunteer to conduct a bike count on the Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway, contact Therien by email for details. He’d like three more volunteers to count for 4 hour periods on July 24th and July 26th at the top of the hill on Twin Bridges Road, as well as at the top of Bailey Road.
image credit: Ed Felker | originally published on The Daily Randonneur blog
There will be three randonneuring events in the Bend area in the upcoming months. Here’s a run down:
July 19th: Introduction to Randonneuring
- Where: Start at the Alfalfa Country Market, 26161 Willard Rd, Bend, OR 97701
- Parking: Park at the open area near the power plant or at the Alfalfa public building. DO NOT park at the Country Store.
- Distance: A 100km “populaire” or “permanent”
- Meet-up: 7:40am for an introduction explaining the cue sheet, timed controls, unmanned controls, and other randonneuring tidbits.
- Start: 8:00am
- What To Bring: Bike, nutrition, hydration, basic tools, etc. There will be places to refuel in Prineville.
- Another “Introduction to Randonneuring” 100km ride. Also starting at the Alfalfa Country Market. Same route as July 19th.
September 6th: ACP and RUSA Sanctioned 200km Brevet
- Where: Sunriver Market Place, Sunriver Oregon
- Parking: At the far end of the parking lot near the Sunriver Market Place. GPS coordinates
- Distance: 200km
- Meet-up: 7:30am pre ride meeting and bike inspection
- Start: 8:00am
- What To Bring: clothing layers, nutrition, hydration, basic tools, etc. There will be places along the route for basic supplies.
Other articles about randonneuring
No pre-registration for the above events is necessary but sending an email to BendRando@gmail.com indicating your interest is appreciated.