Biking Shorts - October 4, 2012
By Barbara Schmid
Five cycling advocates were voted onto GGRBC's Board of Directors, yesterday. We had a wonderful slate of candidates and are excited to get new energy and talent onto our Board. The new Directors are:
- Josh Leffingwell
- Jodey Leser
- Ted Lott
- Donna Messina
- Scott Steiner
Kevin Allen, our West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance representative and who replaced Aaron Smith in that role, was also officially voted onto the Board.
We will introduce our full Board of Directors and new officers for 2013 at our Annual Meeting, October 24. Details about the meeting are on our Annual Meeting Facebook event page and the website's Calendar of Events. More details will follow in another Biking Shorts.
Congratulations, as well, to our 2013 officers, who will begin their term January 1:
- Chair - Josh Duggan
- Vice Chair - Lindsey DesArmo
- Secretary/Treasurer - Jay Fowler
Twitter and GGRBC
Thanks to go Michelle Carpenter for a presentation at yesterday's Board meeting. She discussed the benefits of using Twitter to advance the Coalition's efforts. Michelle works for Herman Miller and is a valued member of GGRBC's marketing/communications committee.
Can you believe there are 289,000,000 Twitter accounts?
Please follow us on Twitter: @bikegrandrapids
Gathering Cycling Data
GGRBC last week concluded its third Bike Count & Survey Study. We added a new loation to the count, a non-motorized trailhead location, to bump our count locations up to four.
Thanks go to Pete Clemo, a GGRBC intern, for aiding GGRBC in organizing this year's count. And to the two GVSU professors -- Donijo Robbins and Joel Stillerman -- who are using the study as course work for their classes. We had 10 GGRBC volunteers and 20 GVSU students helping with the count. The data and analysis from the three combined counts will be available in December.
We appreciated all the cyclists who stopped to take our survey. We conducted about 400 surveys during the three days of the count!
Interestingly, MDOT will be conducting a bike/pedestrian count this month as well. The City of Grand Rapids was chosen as one of four cities for data collection sites in the state. Our bike count stats, combined with MDOT's data, will deepen our knowledge of the cycling needs of GR. MDOT will not be taking surveys, but will be conducting counts at 20-25 locations in the city. Representatives from the City, GGRBC and Grand Valley Metro Council met yesterday to discuss our recommendations for count locations.