Biking Shorts - April 5, 2012
By Barbara Schmid
Notes from our Wednesday board meeting....
Jay Niewiek is now on the GGRBC Board of Directors! The Grand Valley State University graduate is co-founder of Spoke Folks, a community-run bicycle co-op that was launched in November 2011. He is also a project assistant for LINC Community Revitalization, Inc. We are excited to have him join our effort to make Grand Rapids a community where people can bicycle safely for transportation and recreation.
Josh Duggan, our new advocacy committee chair, gave a progress report about our advocacy campaign -- for Greater Grand Rapids to have 100 miles of streets with bicycle lanes, shared use markings and bicycle boulevards by 2014.
The committee is honing our specific campaign goals with proposed outcomes and a timeline for this year’s effort. We will bring you the full picture when it’s more clearly defined.
GGRBC will be contributing comments for the Michigan Street Corridor study through task force members Duggan and Bob Zylstra. We want to ensure that cyclists are considered and embraced as part of this revitilization process!
Lindsey DesArmo is leading the effort for our inaugural Active Commute Week, May 14-18, held in celebration with national Bike to Work Week. Sponsors include Steelcase, Metro Health, GVSU, GRCC, Meijer, West Michigan Bike and Fitness, Amway, The Rapid, Alger Cycle and Priority Health.
The weeklong event will feature a friendly competition called the Active Commute Week Challenge. It’s a fun reason to try using something other than a car to commute with.
Participants will track the number of trips they make during that week using alternative modes of transportation, such as bicycle, walking, running, skateboarding and also using the bus system. Corporations and organizations will vie for one trophy and individuals will compete for a plaque and gift certificate.
A celebration at the end of the week will include live bands, food and an awards presentation at The Rapids central station platform. The ACT Live! event will take place on Friday. May 18, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
For more detailed information, check out our weekly updates about Active Commute Week here. To join in the fun of the ACW Challenge, email email@example.com.
The Communications Committee has also been hard at work to better define our media policy and campaigns. We’re working to tweak this website, improve our social media presence, hold GGRBC member events, develop a member newsletter and explore ways to better promote the GGRBC mission.
The Fundraising Committee has brought two more Founding Sponsors on board with three-year pledges: Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation and Miller Johnson law firm.
We encourage you to contact us if you would like to help on any of our committees. We would be happy to put you to work in whatever arena you’d have the most fun, be it organizing Bikestock, working on the Spring Bike Count/Study, or using your skills to help design our e-newsletter. Call me at 581-1211 and I’ll help plug you in!