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posted Nov 18, 2016, 10:14 AM by WalkBike Frankfort

Please put Tuesday December 13, 2016 on your calendar for our Annual Membership meeting.   5:45  PM.  Paul Sawyier Library community room.

 

Agenda will include at least the following:   Election of officers and board members, Proposed by-laws amendments,   Updates on KSU ---Downtown trail, update to our Master plan,  and reports on our other 2016 activities.  

 

Officers and directors.   The nominating committee chaired by Bill Scott will be presenting a slate of officers and directors for 2017.    The nominating process is open and others may be presented from the membership at the meeting  

 

Proposed by laws amendments.     Your board has approved for you consideration, two proposed amendments.    One amendment proposes to add two at large board members to the WalkBike board of directors.    Rationale for this change is to broaden the diversity of our board and give us more people power to work on the great variety of issues which come to our attention.


The second amendment realigns our permanent committee structure to conform to recent changes in the FolkBike program.    The membership and public relations committee duties will be separated into two committees.    This change will made committee chair duties less burdensome for our volunteer. 


Folkbike .   Stuart Harrod has decided to retire from his almost full time duties as director of folkbike.  The program has been handed off to Frankfort High School as a training and mentorship program.    Stuart will volunteer there to help get the program off the ground.  Other Walkbike volunteers may mentor the students.   We will explain this transition in detail at the meeting.  


Kentucky Bikeways Commission.     The Commission is meeting this weekend  November 17-19 at Natural Bridge State park.  Meeting is open.  If you would like more information,  contact me or Troy Hearn.

 

A painless way to help.     If you buy groceries at Kroger, there is a painless way for you to help Walkbike prosper.    Simply go to the Community Rewards page of the Kroger website and choose us as your charity of choice.    While you eat,  we get a per cent of your dinner and it does not cost you a dime or a dollar.   Here is the link: https://www.kroger.com/topic/kroger-community-rewards-3.


See you on December 13.


Don Stosberg,  President of WalkBike Frankfort.


Kroger Community Rewards

posted Aug 14, 2016, 1:54 PM by WalkBike Frankfort

WalkBike Frankfort has teamed up with Kroger's Community Rewards program.  Customers can register their Kroger card so every time they make a purchase, Kroger donates  a small portion to our organization.   It's easy.  Just click on the link below to sign up.  

Please note:  Even if you have previously enrolled in support of WalkBike, Kroger requires that you to re-register.  Supporters that do not re-enroll in August will drop from the program on September 1st until they do re-enroll. Please take a few minutes to do so before the end of August.

Enroll/Re-enroll at www.Kroger.com/communityrewards

WalkBike News

posted May 13, 2016, 11:24 AM by Nathan Rome

Dear WalkBike Frankfort Members,

This is your President bringing you up-to-date on our efforts to make Frankfort more livable and accessible:

1. May 15 Louisville Road Bike Lane Dedication and Ride.

This Sunday at 2 pm we will gather outside Small Batch Cyclery to celebrate and enjoy the recently completed bike lanes on Louisville road. After refreshments and a few comments by local officials, I will lead a ride on the lanes and slightly beyond. It will be
about a 5-6 mile route at a very easy/moderate pace that will end back at the bike shop.

Our purpose is to thanks the agencies responsible and also to make drivers and bikers aware that the lanes are there. We will do a single file line so that motorists that happen to be passing will note the bike lane's existence. We want to build awareness of the lanes as well as to enjoy a gentle Sunday ride. Those who would normally prefer a much longer ride might come to show solidarity with our biking community.

2. June 1 Membership meeting and Master plan update.

On Wednesday, June 1 at 5:30 pm we will have a general membership meeting at the Paul Sawyier Library conference room. We will bring you up to date on WalkBike activities with quick reports and answer any questions you have. We will zip through reports so that by 6 pm, we can focus on the meat of the meeting , ie. to give members an opportunity to comment on the update to the Master plan. Brent Sweger will present the plan that incorporates comments from our previous public surveys. There will be plenty of opportunity for suggestions.

We have achieved a substantial number of projects in the prior Master plan and now it is time to set new targets. We sometimes set goals that seem very challenging at the time we set them and then, often to our surprise, a door opens and we find a way to get to the goal.  So don't be afraid to dream big!

3. “Thorobred Trail".

The trail (now in the design phase) has not been officially named, but we are using the title "Thorobred Trail" because that is the name that emerged as the people's favorite in our public survey. Hundreds of people participated in our survey and a similar one conducted by the State Journal. The names under consideration were Cliffhanger Trail, KSU—Downtown Trail, Thorobred Express Trail, University Trail, and Thorobred Trail. WalkBike will submit the results of our survey to the City Commission who will make the final decision on a name for the trail.

The first report from the engineering consultant is expected in June.

4. WalkBike incorporation.

On May 3rd our secretary, Bill Scott, officially filed our incorporation papers so that we are now WalkBike Frankfort, Inc. This move will give us some legal protections as well as make eligible for certain type grants. We are also 501(c) 3, under the IRS, Your donations are tax deductible.

5. Bike to School Day May 4.

About 50 children used a method other than auto vehicle to travel to Second street school on Wednesday, May 4th . Prizes and refreshments were incentives. Thanks to Donna, Stuart, and Lynn, Natalie, and Amy for their efforts in organizing this successful annual event.

6. Future projects.

As many of you know, a giant State office building that will house about 1500 workers is nearing completion in the Sower complex off the East West Connector. The board has not taken any action yet, but we are beginning deliberations on possible strategies for getting the city and state to look at pedestrian and cycling friendly ways to access the complex. If you have thoughts on this subject, bring them to the June1 strategy meeting.

Another exploratory brainstorm we are working on is the possibility of moving an obsolete bridge in Western Kentucky to replace a structurally deficient bridge on West Broadway.

This is a bold project, but if we can pull it off, it would provide pedestrian access across the river at Riverview Park. For example, residents in Buttimer Hill could walk across the river to shop at the farmer's market.

7. Thanks again!

We appreciate your support and encouragement. It is because so many people support us that city and county officials listen to us when we make recommendations.

We no longer charge basic membership fees, but we always accept donations and we have many projects that can use our money. We also leverage your money by using it to match other sources of funds for project. Hope to see you on May 15 at Small Batch and June 1 at the library.

Don Stosberg, President

WalkBike to School and State Journal Editorial

posted May 4, 2016, 12:03 PM by WalkBike Frankfort

Happy National Bike to School Day!

We had a great turnout at Second Street School this morning for our WalkBike to School event.  There were lots of happy kids on bikes and foot.  And rollerblades and a scooter or two! We figure we gave away about 20 helmets and lots of blinky lights, water bottles, safety tips and more!  



In other news, be sure to check out the editorial in today's edition of The State Journal entitled, "A Safer Second Street".  WalkBike Frankfort is especially appreciative of the kudos expressed for the efforts of our organization and others who work to promote pedestrian and bike friendly routes, here in the Capital City.  


Louisville Rd Bike Land and Sidewalk Dedication: POSTPONED

posted Apr 25, 2016, 7:09 AM by WalkBike Frankfort   [ updated Apr 29, 2016, 11:57 AM by Nathan Rome ]

Update:  With thunderstorms in the forecast for Sunday, we're rescheduling the dedication to 5/15!
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Time to populate those new bike lanes on Louisville Road with people and bikes!  Join us at 2:00 PM, this Sunday, May 1, at Small Batch Cyclery for a festive dedication of the new Louisville Rd. bike lanes and sidewalks.  We'll enjoy light refreshments before hopping on our bikes for a leisurely spin out to the Salato Center and back, led by WB president Don Stosberg.  All ages are welcome but children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.  We also ask that all riders wear a helmet and practice safe traffic habits.  In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled to May 15, same time and place.  Happy Trails! 


Your WB board of directors-

Don Stosberg, president
Sellus Wilder, vice-president
Nathan Rome, treasurer
Bill Scott, secretary
Brent Sweger, planning and implementation
Donna Hecker, pr, membership and outreach
Stuart Harrod, Folkbike ReCyclery

Envision Awards and Louisville Road Bike Lanes

posted Apr 13, 2016, 7:58 AM by Nathan Rome

EnvisionFranklinCounty will host the 5th annual Envision Awards ceremony on Thursday, April 21.  One of the awards being presented is for the design and construction of the sidewalk improvements and new bicycle lanes on Louisville Road project.  EnvisionFranklinCounty welcomes members of WalkBike Frankfort to attend. 

On a related note, WalkBike is planning a dedication event, for the bike lanes, including a ride, at 2 PM, on Sunday May 1.  More details to follow!

Frankfort BCC Rides Are Back for 2016

posted Apr 3, 2016, 4:15 PM by Nathan Rome

Attention, Frankfort Cyclists! The "Frankfort Crew" Monday Night BCC Ride is BACK for 2016!

We are using an East End start location for our April rides, so the rides will be fun and not too hilly! We will depart from the Rebecca Ruth Candies/Prodigy Winery lot on Versailles Road. We will again be riding to fun and exotic locales

We will depart from the Rebecca Ruth Candies/Prodigy Winery lot on Versailles Road. We will again be riding to fun and exotic locales such as Millville, Versailles, Midway, Forks of Elkhorn, Switzer, Peaks Mill, and Stamping Ground.

We have a new ride leader, so we are adding a new pace group -- C Pace (10-12 mph)! As before, we will also have B Pace (14-16 mph), A/B Pace (16-18 mph), and A Pace (18-20 mph). Your ride leaders are Glenn Mitchell, Troy Hearn, Tom Hellmann and our new face, Don Stosberg. Announcements at 5:55 and wheels roll at 6 p.m. Come out and join us!

Here are the routes:
A, A/B & B Groups: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12615533 
C Group: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12615595

Name That Trail Survey

posted Apr 3, 2016, 2:17 PM by Nathan Rome

The list has been narrowed down for naming ideas for the trail that will connect downtown to KSU. It's time to pick your favorite. We'll announce the top vote-getter to the City Commission in May. Please share!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G7GD2NM


WalkBike Frankfort (WBF) News, February 2016

posted Feb 17, 2016, 5:50 AM by WalkBike Frankfort

  

WBF News , February, 2016.
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1.  Note from your President.  Your board has been working hard as we start 2016 and we want to give you an update on some of our actions and progress towards making our community more activity friendly.   Let me remind you who we are in case you would like to make suggestions or comments to one of us:    Don Stosberg (president), Sellus Wilder, (vice president),  Nathan Rome (treasurer), Bill Scott (secretary), Brent Sweger (Planning and Implementation chair) , Donna Hecker (Public Relations chair) , and Stuart Harrod, (Folk Bike Recyclery).

 

2.  KSU—Downtown trail.   We are happy to report that one of the last legal obstacles to a project that we have been working on for over seven years has been removed.   The City of Frankfort now has legal title to all the land needed to complete the project.  The city has a contract with Strand Engineering to do some engineering and design work on the project.   As soon as that report comes back we expect to begin seeing visible progress on the trail.

We also understand that KY state University has signed an agreement for the trail to proceed from the old rail bed up to East Main through the campus.

 

This project has been going by various names including the Pinsly trail and the KSU—Downtown trail.   Your board believes that it is important to suitably name this trail so expect to hear more from us soon on this topic. For now we will refer to it as the KSU-Downtown trail.

 

3.  Bike Safety legislation.   Two bills have been introduced in the Kentucky legislature relating to bike safety. SB 80 introduced by Senator Robin Webb and HB 121 introduced by Representative Susan Westrom both require allowing 3-foot leeway when passing a bike on a roadway. SB 90 is slightly more complex than HB 121 but both work toward the same general intent.   SB 80 has passed out of the Transportation committee and is awaiting action on the Senate floor.  The WB board has reviewed SB 80 and endorses the intent of the legislation.   We enclose a link to the bills below and encourage our members to review the bills and comment to their own legislators and write to the sponsors lauding them for their efforts to promote bike safety.

 

    You can follow the status of either bill by following the legislative record on line.  Below is the general link to track either bill:  http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/16RS/record.htm.

 

Breaking news:  As I write this on Feb 10, I see from the legislative record that SB 80 passed the Senate yesterday with only four no votes. Before its passage ,the bill was amended to simplify it and the main requirement left in the bill requires motorists to give cyclists 3-foot leeway when passing.    I think the fact that there was little opposition in the Senate and that it has come out fairly early in the session indicates good prospects for its passage in the House. 

 

4.   Master Plan update.  Brent Sweger is leading our effort with the assistance of some members to update our master plan.   Currently he is compiling and mapping the suggestions of our members regarding the most needed projects.    We expect to have a plan ready for review by our members in a month or so.   We received numerous comments and suggestions so we have many great projects to advance.

 

 

5    Horsey volunteers. The Horsey Hundred is a group bike ride produced every year on Memorial Day weekend in Central Kentucky by theBluegrass Cycling Club.  This annual event has grown to about 2500 riders from all over the country.    Part of the route comes through Franklin County.  The club is in need of volunteers to staff rest stops in at the two locations in the county:  one at River View Park and another at the Switzer covered bridge.  WalkBike will be assisting in recruiting volunteers for both locations.  If you are interested in volunteering,  contact don at donstos@gmail.com.  One perk of volunteering is that if you volunteer on Saturday, you can ride the Horseyroutes free on Sunday.


 

 Don Stosberg,  President.

Fall WalkBike News

posted Oct 31, 2015, 2:33 PM by Nathan Rome

Dear WalkBike Family and Friends,

Happy Halloween from all of us at WalkBike Frankfort and the Folkbike ReCyclery!  With the temperature dropping, many of us may be spending less time walking or biking in the coming months, but that doesn’t mean that the work of making the Capital City a more accessible place to live is slowing down. On the contrary!


Survey Update

As most of you are already aware, we solicited feedback via a community survey, which will be used to update the WalkBike Master plan.  The survey is now closed.  We had total of 201 respondents, which is great!  Preliminary results will be presented at the annual membership meeting. 

Membership

If you are receiving this email for the first time, it’s because you expressed an interest in joining WalkBike Frankfort, when you completed the survey.  Welcome!  We’re glad to have you and warmly invite you to get involved.

Speaking of memberships, the basic WalkBike Membership is free.  We also offer a number of supporting membership levels.  The current supporting memberships expire at the end of 2015.  If you are interested in either renewing your membership or becoming a supporting member for the first time, we welcome your support! 

Annual Membership Meeting

Save the date!  Our annual membership meeting will take place on Monday, December 7, at 6pm at the Frankfort Police/Public Safety Building, on Second Street, across from Pic Pac. 

TweedPunk Ride

Calling all ladies and gents!  You are cordially invited to join WalkBike Frankfort and the Folkbike ReCyclery for the wacky festivities of our 2015 Tweedpunk Ride.  As was the case last year, as an added enticement, this year’s ride will feature a Steampunk element, hence the ‘TweePunk’ moniker.

Cycling enthusiasts will congregate at half past two on the afternoon of Sunday, November 8, on the grounds of the Old State Capitol for a leisurely spin around our beauteous downtown.  There will be ample opportunities for socializing, seeing and being seen.

The ride will be preceded by costume judging and followed by an awards presentation.  Afterwards, all riders are invited to share a spot of tea or other libation at the Coffeetree Café. 

KSU/Downtown Trail

 We are excited to report that the City and CSX have signed an agreement for the land needed to begin work on the KSU/Downtown trail, priority #2 on the current version of the Master Plan.   Our understanding is that the agreement contains two conditions:  1) the City has to boundary survey of the land and 2) the City has to complete and environmental survey, which is currently underway.  Once both of these items have been completed, the transfer should take place.  With any luck, we’ll be doing trail work when warmer weather prevails again, this spring.

Small Batch Cyclery

In case you weren’t aware, Small Batch Cyclery has recently taken up residence in the circular building right across from the entrance to Juniper hills (the old Farmers Bank building).  They are just getting settled in, but you’ll want to stop in and check out their very hip new digs.

US 60 Project 

With the repaving of Louisville Rd. drawing to a close sometime in the next month, we will see sidewalks and bike lanes that extend from the top of Lafayette Dr. to out past the State Police headquarters.  This development is worthy of celebration.  To that end, we plan to have a little soiree at Small Batch Cyclery.  Stay tuned for details. 

Happy Trails from Your WalkBike Frankfort Board-

Donna Hecker, Brent Sweger, Don Stosberg, Nathan Rome, Stuart Harrod and Sellus Wilde

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