Short Track Series

August 27, 2009

Bike Commute Challenge and So Much More Coming Up!

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Local bike information guru Eric Lundgren has once again deployed his wisdom and knowledge upon us with everything going on you would ever want to know about in the bike and cycling world. Enough of my rambling….I’ll let Eric take over:

Happily the sun has driven away the misty rains! I’m not ready for fall!

This weekend offers a crazy amount of bikey goodness! Don’t forget
the Bike Commute Challenge Kick-off Party tomorrow night and Breakfast
on Bikes.

BCC Kick-Off Party – Thursday, August 27th
Breakfast on Bikes – Friday, August 28th
State Fair Bike Parade – Friday, August 28th
Bike Racing at the Fair – Saturday, August 29th
Ginger Ninjas – Monday, August 31st
City Council – Monday, September 14th
Breakfast on Bikes – Friday, September 25th
Peach of a Century – Sunday, September 27th
Thursdays, ongoing – Keizer Family Rides
Sundays, ongoing – High Wheeler Rides

Bike Commute Challenge Kick-Off Party – Thursday, August 27th
Come on out to Indigo Wellness and meet some of your fellow commuters
over Widmer and Straight from New York pizza. We’ll have
opportunities to sign up for commute workshops and exchange tips and
hints. Folks will also be available to help with route planning. The
evening’s informal – so drop on in between 5pm and 7pm, 3276
Commercial Street SE. No bike, no beer! Thanks to Indigo Wellness,
Widmer Bros., and Straight from New York Pizza!
For more information see:
http://breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com/2009/08/bike-commute-challenge-kick-off-next.html
http://bikecommutechallenge.com/

Breakfast on Bikes – Friday, August 28th
We’ll be at 12th and Chemeketa between 7 and 9am. Thanks to Cascade
Baking, Coffee House Cafe, LifeSource Natural Foods, Willamette
University, and Salem Bicycle Club. For map and additional details
see:
http://breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com/2009/08/breakfast-on-bikes-august-28th.html

State Fair Bike Parade – Friday, August 28th
Kick-off the Sesquicentennial edition of the Oregon State Fair!
Parade meets at 5:30pm at Pavilion off Sunnyview. For complete
details see:
http://pacificpedaling.com/2009/08/20/oregon-state-fair-bike-parade-friday-august-28/

Short Track Bike Racing at Fair – Saturday, August 29th
The LifeSource Natural Foods Salem Mountain Bike Short Track Series
completes its final night of racing during the fair! Come out to the
races! There will also be BMX, Black Rock Mountain Biking Association
demonstrations, and other bike events. For information on the races
see:
http://www.buylocalcycling.com/2009/07/salem-mountain-bike-short-track-series-.html
For other bike events at the fair see:
http://www.oregonstatefair.org/things-to-do/sports-health-and-rec

Ginger Ninjas – Monday, August 31st
Look for the Ginger Ninjas Pedaling Revolution Bicycle Music Tour on
Monday evening. We’re talking xtracycle-powered music! They’ll start
at the State Fair about 6pm and then move downtown for some
semi-secret shows. (Hints: Venti’s, Coffee House Cafe, The Space, the
f-stop, and possibly Riverfront Park.) They played Sunday Parkways in
Portland a couple of weeks ago.
http://gingerninjas.com/tour/bicycle-music-festivals/

City Council considers Commercial Street Striping – Monday, Sept 14th, 28th
Be sure to put September City Council meetings on your calendar!
Public Works will be introducing the plan to restripe Commercial
street downtown to accommodate bicycles, and there will be debate.
It’s important for bicyclists to attend Council and show that bikes
matter! More details will be forthcoming.

Breakfast on Bikes – Friday, September 25th
B on B will be on Winter street in front of the North Mall Office Building.

Peach of a Century – Sunday, September 27th
The final event ride of the Summer for the Salem Bicycle Club! It
offers 62, 75, and 100 mile routes in the rolling hills and farmland
around Salem. Registration’s open now! For complete details see:
http://salembicycleclub.org/content.plx?page=majrides

Thursdays ongoing – SBC Keizer Family Rides
September’s the last month for the Salem Bicycle Club Keizer Family
rides on Thursday evenings. Meet at Cummings Elementary School at
6:30pm.
For calendar and details see:
http://salembicycleclub.org/calendar.plx?id=1

Sundays ongoing – SBC Introductory High Wheeler Rides
Every Sunday at 1:30pm meet at the red lot for a short introductory
club ride of 25 to 30 miles. No rider left behind.
For details see:
http://salembicycleclub.org/calendar.plx?id=1

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August 25, 2009

LifeSource Natural Foods State Fair Race Parking Info

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I know you’re waiting for a race report, but Jeff over at BuyLocalCycling.com posted some information about parking for the 4th and final race of the series, and I’m still keeping an eye out for results. When I get them, I’ll post the report. Suffice for now to say that Monday was a crazy day personally leading into the race, and I wasn’t even sure if I’d make it in one piece by the time of the race, but it turned out great, and felt really good to ride!

If you haven’t already, mark your calendars for the 4th and final race in the LifeSource Natural Foods MTB Salem Short Track Series at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Here’s what you need to know if you’re coming as a racer or spectator:

“Ideally, racers should attempt to park in the lot South of the Monster Truck area outlined below.  If this parking lot is full try the lot to the West of the Monster Truck area or to the South of Sunnyview Rd.  Please check in at the gate/tent outlined in the picture below.  You’ll receive a free one day pass to the Oregon State Fair at this time.  Sorry, spectators will need to purchase a ticket for themselves.”

So, if you’re coming to race, you don’t have any a fair entrance fee, but if you’re coming to watch, you need to be prepared to pay for fair entrance which according to the State Fair website is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for kids, and free for kids $5 and under. You can shave a couple bucks off if you pay in advance too.

I heard that this sports arena drew hundreds of people last year, so there could be a decent crowd. Also remember that race times are slightly different for this last event, and 10 minutes longer for each category. From the Buy Local site:

Race # 4 Start Times & Race Durations
5:30pm – Course open for pre-riding
6:00pm – Kiddie race – racing for 5′ (this race is FREE, but registration is required)
6:15pm – Cat 3 Men, Cat 3 Women, Junior Men & Women: racing for 30′
6:50pm – Cat 2 Women, Cat 2 Men, & Singlespeed: racing for 40′
7:40pm – Pro Men, Cat 1 Men & Pro/Cat 1 Women: racing for 50’

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July 29, 2009

July Breakfast on Bikes and Much More In and Around Salem

It is HOT out this week. Could be 109 today, make sure you're drinking plenty of water if you are out and about!

It is HOT out this week. Could be 109 today, make sure you're drinking plenty of water if you are out and about!

I love getting my monthly update from the Man Who Know Everything About Bikes in Salem, Eric Lundgren. Not only does it inform and remind me of what’s going on, but it allows me to pass along his nuggets of knowledge to everyone out there visiting PacificPedaling.com From Eric’s latest email:

The big story in July is the Commercial Street Restriping Plan. The
plan offers the prospect of substantial progress on making downtown
more bike-friendly.   It’s scheduled to go to City Council in August.
Make sure August 10th is on your calendar!

(It’s hot, too – so stay hydrated & cool!)

Breakfast on Bikes – Friday, July 31
Commercial Street Striping – Monday, August 10th
Short Track Racing at Fairgrounds – Mondays
Bike Commute Challenge Kick-off – Thursday, August 27th
Kick-off Bike Parade for State Fair – Friday, August 28th
Road Work
Bike Counts
Free Bike Parking at Salem Saturday Market
Salem Bicycle Club introductory Rides

Breakfast on Bikes – Friday, July 31
We’ll be at Mission & Winter, just north of Bush Park, between 7am and
9am.  Thanks to Cascade Baking, Coffee House Cafe, and LifeSource
Natural Foods!
For map and full details, see –
http://breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com/2009/07/breakfast-on-bikes-this-friday-mission.html

City Council considers Commercial Street Striping – Monday, August 10th
At 6:30 City Council will meet and consider endorsing the staff plan
to restripe Commercial Street downtown.  Part of the plan is a bike
lane and sharrows to accomodate bicycle traffic.  See a summary of
progress, road blocks, and debate here –
http://breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com/2009/07/council-discussion-of-commercial-street.html

Short Track Racing at Fairgrounds – Mondays, August 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
Buy Local Racing is organizing the Salem Short Track Series at the
Fairgrounds.  Check out the note at Pacific Pedaling –
http://pacificpedaling.com/2009/07/14/salem-short-track-racing-in-august/

Bike Commute Challenge Kick-off – Thursday, August 27th
Save the Date!  Don’t have all the details confirmed yet, but we plan
on having beer and pizza for bicyclists.  Get the BCC posters, other
workplace materials, and meet your fellow commuters!  Look for
information on the Breakfast blog and for a special email later in
August.

Kick-off Bike Parade for State Fair – Friday, August 28th
Free parade!  Costumes and decoration encouraged.  Meet at the State
Fairgrounds in front of the Pavilion off of Sunnyview Rd. at 5:30,
parade starts at 6.  The bike drill team will be participating.
Additional practices to be announced.  Here’s a brief bit about their
first outing, the Monmouth-Independence Fourth of July Parade –
http://breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com/2009/07/fourth-of-july-parade.html

Road Work – on-going
Between the ARRA/Stimulus package, the “Keep Salem Moving” road bond,
and other improvement projects, there’s lots of construction that
impacts bikes.  Here’s some of the stories.
Windsor Island Road –
http://pacificpedaling.com/2009/07/27/seriously-what-happened-to-windsor-island-road/
Keizer Rapids Park –
http://pacificpedaling.com/2009/07/21/oh-no-they-paved-paraside-and-put-up-a-parking-lot/
Commercial bike lanes –
http://breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com/2009/07/amputated-bike-lanes-cuts-big-and-small.html
In August, look for bike lane delays on Lancaster.

The summer bike counts are going strong, and some counts are already
in.
If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know!  There
are still some sites available, and in doing counts we’ve identified
some needs for additional counts.  Here’s a story on one count at
Liberty S and Commercial SE, where we learned the intersection was
even more difficult than we thought.  If you have a work-around you
particularly like, drop it in the comments!
http://breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com/2009/07/liberty-s-and-commercial-se-dysfunction.html

Free Bike Parking at Salem Saturday Market – Every Saturday
Don’t forget about biking to the market!  Friends of Salem Saturday
Market offer free, secure, and monitored bike parking.  Consider
biking instead of driving!
http://friendsofsalemsaturdaymarket.wordpress.com/2009/07/23/bike-valet-service-boys-and-girls-club/

Salem Bicycle Club introductory Rides – Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons
The Keizer Family Ride leaves Cummings Elementary School at 6:30 pm on
Thursday evenings, and the Sunday afternoon High Wheeler ride leaves
the red lot at 1:30pm on Sunday afternoons.  For more information see
http://salembicycleclub.org/calendar.plx?id=1

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