Arkansas Bicycle Club News Archives
October Bike League Classes from Tom Ezell, LCI Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2008 by Jim Britt
October 17-18 is the Road I cycling class; classroom session on Friday evening (6:00 p.m.), and the road phase is Saturday morning, starting from the Arkansas Arts Center and wandering all around the Quapaw quarter and downtown area.
October 24 is the Bike Commuting Workshop, also at Community Bicyclist, 6:00 p.m. There's a night ride as part of this class where we will go out and do some practical work with headlights and reflectors.
The League of American Bicyclists is holding a training seminar for League Cycling Instructors in Bentonville, AR, on December 5, 6, and 7. This is about 21 hours of intense instruction in teaching cycling both to adults and youth. Preston Tyree, the LAB's education director, and Andy Clarke, LAB executive director, will be the trainers for this course. Prerequisites: Candidates must be LAB members and have passed a Road I class with a score of at least 85% in both the written exam and road test. You must also sign up for the course in time to get the instruction packet in hand, complete, and turn in the pre-seminar exam. (Registration deadline is November 5, 2008.) Registration fee for the seminar is $200, plus your League membership dues if you're not already a member. Sign-up for the class is at http://www.bikeleague.org/cogs/programs/education/seminar_schedule .
More info on being an LCI is here: http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/education/instructors.php .
[If you are interested in signing up for this seminar but have not taken the Road I course, please get in touch with me (501-912-1047 cell, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). We've got a Road I scheduled in October, but if this doesn't fit your schedule we can work something else out. You simply need to have a passing grade for the course reported to Preston before the start of the seminar. But the earlier the better, because you're not only expected to have passed the Road course, but be ready to teach at least part of it as well. You should show up at the seminar ready to practice-teach all of the parking lot drills and traffic skills, as well as a pre-assigned module of the classroom part of the course.]
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September 2008 meeting minutes Posted Saturday, September 20, 2008 by Jim Britt
Our group of about 30 members met at American Pie pizza restaurant, Maumelle Blvd. President Jim Britt called the meeting to order with an announcement that we would be voting on incumbent board positions of two members. Pat Piazza and Jess Askew III were elected by acclimation with their terms to end in 2011. Congratulations were extended along with our members’ expression of gratitude.
Jim also thanked Tim Vahsholtz for organizing the fun ABC Night at the Travelers' baseball game and Ian Hope for helping with the event. We'll plan to do it again next year.
The Arky 100 is just around the corner with Sunday, October 12th as the date. Several members at this meeting were adding “goodies” to the ride bags to be distributed the day of the ride. Riders were urged to register online and at the club meetings to avoid the long lines on ride day. Volunteers are still welcome. Claibanne Williamson has graciously volunteered to help SAG the ride. To register online, simply go to our website and click on Arky 100 in the Links section.
Also check out other rides on our site. There are some good ones for all levels in the Fall.
Ian Hope announced that within the next 3-4 weeks, Orbea will move into their new headquarters at the intersection of Kavannaugh and Markham. He will manage the store which will offer a large inventory of discounted Orbea bikes. There will be no repair services, but discounted bicycling apparel which would appeal to all bicyclers.
Monty Cole told us about a fun ride that he is helping develop. The CASA ride (just Google CASA) will benefit at risk young adults who are represented by court appointed child advocates. This is a ride that will appeal to the serious bike rider. Routes are being considered around the Mt. Nebo/Magazine area. There will be route options up to 100 miles. The targeted date is sometime in the Fall of 2009.
The next meeting will be at the same location, 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Thursday, Oct. 10th, with the Arky registration bags ready for pickup
Jim adjourned our meeting.
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NLR Street Closures Announced For Motorcoach Rally Posted Thursday, September 11, 2008 by Sprokets
Wow.....thanks Tom for posting in the ABC Forums!
Street Closures Announced For Six-State Motorcoach Rally
(September 10, 2008 – North Little Rock, AR) The City of North Little Rock will be hosting the Family Motorcoach Association’s Six-State Rally September 19 through September 29, 2008 in downtown North Little Rock in the North Shore River District. To date, over 1,000 motorcoaches have registered to attend the rally. The motorcoaches will be located from Karrot Street to Washington Avenue on both sides of the seawall and from Second Street and Willow to Riverfront Drive.
For safety concerns of the large number of rally attendees, Riverfront Drive from Karrot Street to Washington Avenue will be closed at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 22 and will re-open at noon on Monday, September 29.
The Arkansas River Trail from the Broadway Bridge to I-30 is scheduled to be closed Monday, September 22 and re-open Monday, September 29.
There will be limited access to the North River Landing Boat Ramp September 19 through 29. Boaters are encouraged to launch from Burns Park in North Little Rock or Murray Park in Little Rock.
For detailed information regarding the Six-State Rally Association’s events open to the public contact the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce at (501) 372-5959.
If you were thinking about riding your bike on the River Trail or launching a boat or using Riverfront Drive in North Little Rock Sept. 22-29, forget about it.....
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Big Dam Bridge Ride needs volunteers Posted Wednesday, September 3, 2008 by Jim Britt
Fred Phillips reports that workers are needed to help at the registration tables at Wyndham Hotel, NLR, for the BDB Ride. This is a great way to help out and still ride. The Sat. AM shift is for 4 workers and the others need 18 workers and you can sign up more than once. Contact Brad Davison at email@example.com
The 4 shifts are below.
Thur. 9/25 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM (corrected time)
Fri. 9/26 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Fri. 9/26 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Sat. 9/27 5:00 AM to 7:30 AM
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