The Fresno Cycling Club has formed a partnership with the California Classic Weekend to help bring you this year’s edition of the California Classic Freeway Ride. It is the only ride of it’s kind where bicyclists have the opportunity to ride 10 miles of freeway that is closed to motor vehicles as well as enjoy a great ride into the beautiful foothills and valleys of Fresno County. Your support of this ride will directly bene t FCC in many ways, not only monetarily but in notoriety. is ride is in it’s sixth year. Organizers Mike Herman and Nancy Tally are excited that we are able to partner to bring this ride to the bicyclists of the valley and beyond. I look forward to seeing everyone out on the ride. Register online.
THE PREZ SEZ
Greetings fellow bicycle drivers and club members.
Happy August everyone. I hope you have been doing a lot of riding and enjoying the summer season. Our ride leaders have been doing a great job of trying to provide a variety of fun rides on the monthly calendar, and August will be no exception. There will be some mountainous rides and some coastal rides on the calendar as well as spontaneous rides. What is a "spontaneous ride” or sometimes called a "spur of the moment" ride you ask? For those of you who utilize Facebook or Ride with GPS you may already be aware of the “SR” or “SOTM” rides. They are rides that occur when someone posts on the Facebook group that they are going riding. They give the specifics and see who responds. With the use of our cycling club Facebook accounts (Fresno Cycling Club Rides and Riders & Fresno Cycling Club Members) and the Ride with GPS account we can offer these types of rides that weren't able to get on the club ride calendar. Keep in mind that not all spontaneous rides or spur of the moments rides are club rides, since in order to be a Club ride they must have a qualified ride leader. Since many of our members aren't involved with Facebook or aren't computer savvy enough to utilize other systems like Ride with GPS, we will continue to maintain the current Ride Calendar format in addition to the newer formats.
Keeping Members Up-To-Date
As with any group or membership it is important to establish a means of communication within the group. At FCC we do this through the monthly Rough Draft newsletter, monthly Club meetings, Facebook and email. Since 99.9% of our members have an email address, it would seem logical to be the most efficient means of communicating, unfortunately only about 40% of those who receive FCC emails bother to open them up and even fewer actually read them and respond to them. Is it any wonder why so many members feel misinformed?
In an effort to increase the reliability and value of our communication with Club members we have recently started using the email service Constant Contact, a well-known email service, to send out emails pertaining to Club business and activities. The idea of constant contact is not to flood your in-box with a bunch of worthless emails but increase your confidence in knowing that the emails you receive from the Fresno Cycling Club are not junk or spam emails. The emails that you receive are intended for your benefit as a Club member to keep you informed. All we can do is send them out, it's up to you to decide what to do with them. Know that the FCC emails are to promote and inform you of upcoming events, rides, club activities or alert you to Advocacy Calls-to-Action. The service is also useful for sending reminder emails to current members to let them know when their membership expires and as a reminder to renew. It is also useful to contact former Club members in an effort to encourage them to renew their memberships. Please open your FCC emails! It lets us know that you value the information, and by all means lets us know your preferences regarding what information you wish to receive.
What’s a Bicycle Driver?
Have you heard the term “bicycle driver” before? It is a term used by many in the bicycling community of advocacy referencing the activity of bicyclists? When you consider the fact that bicyclists are operating a vehicle (yes, bicycles are vehicles) on the roadways, and that they are to abide by the same rules as applicable to drivers of motor vehicles, it makes sense. The unfortunate problem we have as bicyclists or bicycle drivers is one of extreme vulnerability. It takes a certain amount of courage and confidence to immerse yourself into the traffic as a bicycle driver. Bicycle drivers do not always depend on Bike Lanes or trails to safely get them where they want to go. They depend on following the rules of the road and taking their appropriate positions in the road when necessary. For example, when lanes are too narrow to share, they take the whole lane and position themselves either in the middle of the lane or to the left of the lane depending on the roadway condition. Unfortunately, many inexperienced bicyclists are intimidated by 2,000 to 4,000 pound or more vehicles and are reluctant to take their proper position in the roadway. They therefore create a dangerous situation for themselves by trying to ride at the extreme side of the road where it can be dangerous. Many recreational bicyclists do not learn how to ride in traffic as bicycle drivers. Riding a trail or riding on a country road is not the same as riding in traffic. When more cyclists are willing to ride in traffic and obey the traffic laws, the greater impact we will have in creating a safer riding environment.
As with any sport or outdoor activity, there are inherent dangers involved and bicycling is no exception. For bicyclists, it is important that we are constantly aware of our surroundings. Not only do we have to be aware of the other vehicles around us, but we have to be constantly vigilant in looking for road hazards that can cause us to crash. It is necessary that we point out hazards to our fellow riders, especially when riding in a pace line. It seems lately that there have been a lot of riders involved in crashes whether involving another vehicle or road hazards. It just illustrates my point that it is so important to always be alert, ride safe, ride legal and always wear the proper protective gear. Helmets are a must. Let’s all do our part to help make our streets safer for all. Obey the traffic laws, don’t run through stop signs and red lights when other vehicles have the right-of-way, don’t ride two or three abreast when there are vehicles attempting to pass you, and be courteous to other bicyclists as well as other motorists. Riding is our passion and we must be passionate about our safety.
See you on the road.
Fresno Cycling Club