Photo by BendBikes.org

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.

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News bites

by Joe Keenan on July 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment

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Oregon Cyclist

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.

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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.

August TBD

  • 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.

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Lost one

07.02.2014

With over 80 miles of paved bike lanes inside Bend’s urban growth boundary, some find it hard to believe that less than 5% (we’ve seen lower estimates) of us bicycle commute to work or school or errands. But when you hear stories like the one from Steve Scarich, you begin to understand the context for […]

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News bites

07.02.2014

Here are a few bite sized stories: In Afghan bicycles may set women free. Billie Fleming cycling accomplishments highlighted in her obituary. She passed away at 100 years of age. A great ride. In Chicago the “curbee” debuts. On Kickstarter, the Jyrobike helps kids learn to cycle using a gyroscopic technique. No training wheels. In […]

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Boosted whilst visiting paradise

07.01.2014

It’s never fun to hear about bikes being stolen. But when you hear about them being taken from those who come to visit and play in our little slice of heaven, it really bums you out. The story has all sorts of bad implications for our summer-time mountain bike tourism economy, because the bikes were […]

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Bend Bikes nabs a Big Chainring

06.26.2014

Though it wasn’t listed on the original press release, Bend Bikes, a bicycle advocacy group, was awarded a Big Chainring Award by the Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee for its outreach efforts in conjunction with the Franklin/Riverside Safety Improvement Project, as well its board members’ involvement in a number of infrastructure planning committees. […]

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Get onboard with transit

06.23.2014

Here’s an event for your calendar. Why should you care about transit in Bend? There are lots of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that many who don’t have a car rely on a bike to get themselves to and from a bus stop. ###

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Organization and ride schedule: Randonneuring

06.23.2014

You’ve completed a metric century, an imperial century and maybe even a double century. Or you want to. You enjoy cycling for long distances. You like to challenge yourself to do something different: This is a race against the clock. You can be self sufficient. Comraderie means a lot. Randonneuring may be for you. Previously […]

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