Chico Velo Cycling & Chico Velo Foundation
Eat, breathe, drink, pedal
August 2013
Dear Janine,
It seems we are already into the Dog Days of summer. And that means it's time for the Annie B's
Community Drive (throughout the months of August and September, your donations to the Chick Velo
Foundation go further with NVCF matching funds). We SO appreciate your giving to the Chico Velo
Foundation and look forward to continuing to support and fund cycling-related events and programs in
our community thanks to your generosity. THANK YOU Chico supporters!
And since this is Chico, summer also means HEAT! I hope you've found some time to get out in the
mornings and evenings and feel the cool breeze in your hair. It's the best time of the day! During
working hours, the Velo office has been ramping up. With two big events in September, and next year's
Wildflower on the horizon, our 'To Do' list isn't getting any shorter!
Enthusiasm for our FREE Thursday Night Market free BIke Valet Parking continues to build, with 50+ bikes most nights!
We're located on 3rd St between Broadway and Salem. Avoid the hassles of parking your car. We'll keep your bike safe and
secure, while you shop/visit/hang out at the market, for FREE, from 6-8:45pm. Hope to see you out there!
ROAD NOTES: CalTrans continues construction on Hwy 32 east of Hwy 99, and work is expected to advance out past Bruce
Road in September. So that'll be a good segment to continue to avoid in the next few months. We'll keep you posted 'up to
the minute' on Facebook so make sure you LIKE our page, if you haven't already!
There's lots more on local rides and advocacy below. Hope you'll enjoy the articles. Ride on!!
Janine Rood
Executive Director, Chico Velo
Challenge Fondo - September 22
Learn More, Register or Volunteer!
Now in our second year, the 2013
Challenge Fondo is bigger and
better, with 3 routes to choose from:
100 mile Gran Fondo 65 mile Medio Fondo
40 mile Piccolo
All rides start and finish in Durham CA, just south of Chico. Both the 100
mile and 65 mile routes are mass-start, timed events on hilly courses. The
Piccolo is a flat, untimed ride with a relaxed 'start window'. All riders will
receive full support including rest/lunch stops, delicious and filling dinner,
Technical T shirt and lots more. Proceeds of this ride go to the Chico Velo
Foundation and other cycling-related charities (more on that soon!).
Registration is limited so learn more or sign up today!
In This Issue
Challenge Fondo and Unknown
Coast Ride
Bikes and Amsterdam
Annie B's Sept and Oct
Wildflower Photos and Lost and
August Adventure Ride
Volunteer Corner
Pavement Quality Survey
Local Rides
Every Saturday and Sunday at
9am, riders meet at One Mile in
Bidwell Park for a Decide-andRide. More of a casual rider?
Try riding your bike over to the
Farmer's Market on Saturday,
or the library, or maybe an easy
spin through the park. You can
always check out the Velo Ride
Calendar to see what rides are
coming up! Like us? LIKE us!
Unknown Coast Weekend - September 14/15
Learn More, Register or Volunteer!
Yes, it's back, by popular demand! Our twoday version of the Tour of the Unknown
Coast starts and finishes in Ferndale. Unlike
the one-day event, however, we carry your
gear, put you up at the Mattole Camp and
Retreat Center (cabins or camping) on Saturday after the first 70 miles,
and wrap up with breakfast and 30 more miles including 'ham hill' and the
infamous Wall on Sunday. Registration is limited so learn more or sign up
International Advocacy Update: Why Amsterdam is great for Bikes
Check out this great "Bike Advocacy 101' article from the BBC News,
about why cycling is SO popular in the Netherlands. It summarizes the
evolution of Dutch 'Bike Love' from pre-World War 2 through challenges in
the '50s and '60s to the huge responses to both the oil crisis and large
number of vehicle-related deaths in the '70s, to groundbreaking projects
and transformation of both city infrastructure and people's attitudes and
habits in the last several decades. Here's one of my favorite photos. Fully
70% of trips are made by bike (compared to well under 10% here in
Chico) in Amsterdam and this photo of a Bike Garage (imagine it!)
captures just how strong the 'go by bike' culture is there!
We "Share the Love" on
facebook with regular updates
on events, initiatives, calls for
action, and important cycling
news. Find us, like us, and
follow us on facebook!
Thank You!
We wouldn't be Chico Velo
without Sierra Nevada's
support. Thank you!!
2013 Sponsors &
Sierra Nevada Brewery
Waste Management
Mt Shasta Spring Water
The Printed Image
Lundberg Family Farms
Clean-Rite Build-Rite
Chico News & Review
Dragon Graphics
Duffy's Tavern
Uhaul of Chico
R.W. Knudsen/Recharge
Pullins Cyclery
Greenline Cycles
The Bicycle Wheel
North Rim Adventure Sports
Campus Bicycles
Sports Ltd
Hammer Nutrition Products
Butte Bicycle Coalition
Chico Chamber of Commerce
RiskPro Insurance Services
Chico Bike Music Festival
Ridge Runner Square Dancers
Boy Scout Troops #3 and 707
Girl Scout Troop 16
Chico Masters Cycling Team
Chioc Triathlon Club
Our thanks to all of you!
Quick Links
Annie B's and the Chico Velo
The Chico Velo Foundation helps us broaden our
reach by supporting individuals and organizations
implementing cycling-related programs and projects in our community.
When you donate to the Foundation during the Annie B's Community
(during the months of August and September), your gift goes even further
with matching funds from North Valley Community Foundation (usually
around 10%). Learn more about the Chico Velo Foundation or give
today! We so appreciate your support!
Final Wildflower 2013 Recap
Check out our new Wildflower photo
galleries implemented by Paul Wellin, our
new Webmaster! You may have noticed that
our website is looking a bit spiffier lately in
general. All the credit goes to Paul, and this is just a taste of things to
come!! Big Kudos to Paul for taking on this challenge!
And it's time for 'Last Call'... if you lost anything at the Wildflower this year
and never got around to inquiring, email us NOW! We'll be donating the
remaining contents of the lost and found box in early September, clearing
the decks for our fall rides!
August Adventure Ride
Sunday, August 18: Butte Meadows/Inskip all paved!
established a direct e-mail
address to report issues such
as potholes, debris, signage or
other roadway/bike path
rightofwaymaintenance@ OTHER RESOURCES: Air Quality:
(530) 891-2882 Butte County Animal Control:
(530) 891-2907
City of Chico Bike Licenses:
(530) 879-7320 CHP:
(530) 879-1900 Chico Police:
(530) 897-4900 Bidwell Park Trail Closures
(530) 896-7800 Butte County Sheriff's Dept.:
(530) 538-7321
Streets & Roads City of Chico:
(530) 894-4200
Town of Paradise:
(530) 872-6288
Butte County:
(530) 538-7681
(530) 741-4211
Lassen Rural Bus:
(530) 252-7433
Bureau of Land Management:
(530) 257-0456
Lassen Nat'l Forest:
(530) 257-4188 or 257-2151
The road from Inskip to Butte Meadows is now fully paved, and though it
is not yet fully 'striped', the project manager says that vehicles are using it
so use caution but we are welcome to tackle it. We rode up to see the
progress of paving from the Butte Meadows side back in July and it
looked great! If the prior phases of the project are any indicator, this final
segment is going to be amazing. We've been anxiously awaiting this
milestone! You KNOW this is going to make a sweet ride so come on out and try the
'big loop'. We'll ride from One Mile at 8am, up to Paradise, Magalia,
Stirling City and Inskip and then test out the 'new' pavement all the way
from Inskip to Butte Meadows. Then it's 'all downhill' (not - but mostly!)
from Butte Meadows back to Chico via Hwy 32. Approximately 80 miles,
and 7000 ft climbing. Details here.
As a reminder, Adventure Rides are free, open to all and minimally
supported rides for the self-sufficient cyclist! We'll provide the map and
highlight the services available on and near the route... and recommend a
post-ride restaurant! Have a favorite 'Adventure Ride' you'd like to see on
the schedule? Email us and let us know!
Volunteer Corner
Volunteers are central to the success of our rides!! We're particularly in
need of individuals and groups to volunteer for our upcoming Challenge
Fondo on Sept 22. Come out and spend some time in the sun and support
our Fondo riders. Volunteers get an Event Technical T, lunch or dinner,
the warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing you're supporting our local bike
advocacy efforts, and our everlasting appreciation! If you'd like to
volunteer, fill out our Volunteer Application and get it back to us ASAP for
the best choice in 'jobs'! We'll also be needing volunteers at the Chico CarFree Day hosted by the
Butte Environmental Council on October 6. More
details to come on that front! And we always have on-going volunteer
opportunities like working our Thursday night Bike
Valet Parking, or becoming a BikeCommuterBuddy
(mentoring new bike commuters). If you have some
free time and want to contribute to the cycling
community, please email us today!
How Cool is That? Take a Road Test! Saturday, September 21
Hate bumpy roads? here's your chance to
tell someone about it. We've been
approached by Professor John Harvey the
Director of the UC Pavement Research
Center, to participate in a Road Quality
Survey funded by CalTrans. We need riders to come out for about an hour
on Sunday morning, to sample various types of pavement and provide
your feedback on the ride quality. Look at the September newsletter or on
our Velo Calendar for more info as the date gets closer!
Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendar!
Aug 18 - Inskip/Butte Meadows PAVED Adventure Ride - Details here
Sept 8 - Taste of Chico - Bike Valet available!
Sept 14/15 - Unknown Coast weekend - Details here
Sept 21 - Road Quality Survey - Riders needed - Details to come
Sept 22 - Challenge Fondo - Details here
Sept 29 - Forest Ranch TT - RACEChico Event - Details here
Oct 6 - Chico Car-Free Day - Bike Valet and more, downtown!
Drop by the Velo office!
Visiting Hours Mon-Thurs, 10am to 3pm
We love visitors! But because we have a small staff, we're
not always in the office. So we've set up regular hours when
we'll pretty much always be there, just in case you want to
stop by. Where are we located, you ask? Why, we're still at
125 W 3rd St, above Made in Chico and Powell's Candy.
Suite 210, up the stairs and to the left, we're at the end of the hall. Our
official Office Visiting Hours are Mon-Thurs, 10am to 3pm. Come on by!
Thank you!
Thank you members, sponsors, volunteers, and community partners for your
continued support of Chico Velo!
Contact Us
Chico Velo Cycling Club & Chico Velo Foundation
PO Box 2285, Chico, CA 95927
Tel: 530.343.8356 Fax: 530.342.4646
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