Fresh Air OutSpokin' Wheelmen May 2015 About this Newsletter: Published by OutSpokin’ Wheelmen, PO Box 838, Youngstown Ohio 44501 Editor: Bill Adams [email protected] Officers: President: Ed Howley 330-793-8219 Vice President: John Nagy 330-534-5020 Secretary: Mary Merritt Treasurer: Bill Russell 330-506-0236 Trustee: Dave Hughes 330-692-2468 Committee Chairs: Advocacy: Lowell Satre 330-743-2748 Bikeways: OPEN Fresh Air Editor: Bill Adams 330-502-1972 Historian: Lark Dickstein-Rienerth 330-261-3799 L.A.B. Rep.: Lowell Satre 330-743-2748 Membership: Judy Dubiel 330-782-8748 [email protected] Mileage: Rick Huggins [email protected] NEOC: John Nagy 330-534-5020 Program: Larry Ward 330-502-4197 [email protected] Ride Captain: Rick Huggins Safety: Frank Krygowski 330-757-9057 SICCO: Dave Hughes 330-692-2468 Social: Nalungo Aduma 330-743-4250 Website: Bill Adams [email protected] www.outspokinwheelmen.com Prez Sez First of all, I would like to thank all of you who attended last week’s April meeting. It was great to see so many of you there at Rachel’s. Thirty –three members were in attendance. I believe it has been several years since we have had a general monthly meeting so large. It was great that Rachel’s had to bring out four extra tables for us. Let’s make an effort to match or surpass that turnout next month. May’s meeting will be the one when we donate the bicycles to the Rich Center for Autism. Representatives from local television stations and newspapers have been invited to attend and cover this event. We will have the larger room (on the right as you come in the door) so there should be plenty of room for everybody. It was also great to see fourteen riders in attendance on Frank’s ride on Saturday. Chuck Smith from the Ohio Bicycle Federation rode with us, so Frank gave him the grand tour of the area from Poland through Mill Creek Park to downtown and the university, eating lunch at Selah in Struthers and back to Poland. I won’t mention any names, but one person did take a minor spill that day. Maybe people from out of town aren’t so used to dodging potholes? I was also very impressed with the motorists that day. They seemed exceptionally cooperative and friendly toward us. Maybe it was Saturday and they weren’t in such a hurry, or maybe they were just so happy that the sun was shining and the temperature was above freezing that nothing bothered them. Not even fourteen bicyclists going below the speed limit on “their” roads. Keep calm and ride on. Editor's Note: If your Fresh Air did not get to you, - Ed please check your address/status with our Membership Chair Judy Dubiel ( [email protected] ), to be sure it is current. Every month a new list of addresses is sent to the editor to send out that issue. Your Editor does not edit the membership list/addresses, so the queries received by the Editor are just forwarded to Membership. OSW Monthly Meeting Wed, May 13, 2015 6:30pm social/7:30pm meeting Rachel's Restaurant Westchester Dr., Austintown 2015. Dave has all of his volunteers scheduled for registration and road marking. Mike Straub suggested OSW Meeting, April 8, 2015 that we buy bottled water this year instead of using the The business meeting was called to order by President big containers. Ed declined the suggestion because Ed Howley. Ed called for a motion to approve to the most bikers carry their own bottles. He also mentioned minutes of the last meeting. Kelley Walker made the that using bottled water might create too much garbage motion, Eugenia Pierce second the motion. on the roads/paths. There will be sandwiches and fruit at the rest stops. Dave has some items from Nashbar. Mike will get 4 water jugs from John Nagy. Executive Board Report: Social: Nalungo Aduma - no report. President: Ed Howley introduced two new members: Karen and Jaye. He was pleased with the attendance Old Business: John Nagy reported that all the bikes of 35 people for the meeting. The new location seems have been assembled for the Rich Center. He brought to be a good choice. one of the bikes to the meeting. V.P. John Nagy – no VP report. See John’s additional Pete bought the bikes at a cost of $1,349.00. The club information under new business and NEOC. originally set the budget for the bikes at $2,000.00. John suggested that we buy helmets, give money Secretary: Mary Merritt – no report towards them or at least buy dinner for the guests from Trustee: Dave Hughes – no report the Rich Center that will be attending next month’s Treasurer: Bill Russell – The beginning balance was meeting. The consensus of the club was to buy dinner $9,360.09. Ending balance $9,324.89. for those guests, and forego the purchase of helmets. See Financial Report for additional detail. New Business: John talked about the Warren “Bike to Work” ride, and the Salvation Army Ride. The Warren ride will start at the Log Cabin, with a free breakfast. Committee Reports: John will take safety and membership pamphlets to the Advocacy: Lowell Satre – no report. ride. The question came up as to whether or not we Historian: Lark Dickstein-Rienerth. All information should post pay rides in the ride schedule. remains the same. Rick Huggins suggested that we keep Club rides only L.A.B: Lowell Satre – no report on the schedule, but possibly make note of other rides on our web site. The Salvation Army Family Fun bike Membership: Judy Dubiel - no report Ride raises funds to support Youth Service and After Mileage/Ride Captain: Rick Huggins – no report. School programs. Any riders should NOT report the Rick asked new members to send him their e-mail miles as club rides. This holds true for any pay ride. addresses. Dave Hughes made a motion that we follow past NEOC: John Nagy – For NEOC 43 – John has made practice. Club rides get mileage, as well as the WOW signs for NEOC for a cost of less than $2.00 per sign. ride and Garrett Wonders. Neil Betts seconded the His prototypes read SICCO and he offered them to motion. If a new charity ride is established, we will deal Dave Hughes to post for the ride. He cleverly inserted with it when it comes up. the OSW sun on the sign. He “test drove” the signs in The leader of the WOW ride would like our e-mail list; his driveway and confirmed that they held up to the however it agreed not to share it outside of mailings for rain. the Wow ride. He will advertise SICCO and NEOC in He has approached the manager of the Bazetta this newsletter. Walmart for a donation for NEOC. The registration John has been in contact with the Lawrence County forms are completed. John will purchase stamps and Cycling Club. We can post their rides on the Web-site, mail a postcard reminder in early June. The cost of but not on the ride schedule. printing the postcards was $40.00. John also noted that someone from the Trumble Metro Newsletter Editor/Website: Bill Adams - no report Parks may come to one of our meetings. Program: Larry Ward – no report Other business: Safety: Frank Krygowski – Frank asked for Chuck Smith from the Ohio Bike Federation was a suggestions regarding safely topics that club members guest on Franks ride, Saturday, April 11th from Town would find interesting. John Nagy mentioned that One Square. cyclists do not have many rights to the road. It was Lark’s note the sale of Paul’s items was $5.00 short of suggested that Ode might contact Steve Magess to a $1,100.00 mark. However, as the meeting ended it give a talk about legal rights of bikers. If anyone has appears the mark may have been reached. ideas please e-mail to Frank. John McCormick brought up the topic of club miles for SICCO: Dave Hughes - SICCO will be held April 19, Secretary’s Notes May 2015 canceled rides. John received calls about one of his Mileage Report rides. He canceled it because of bad weather. He Here are this month's mileage leaders! went to the start location to meet people who might show up to let them know the ride was canceled. If Total they ride anyway, do they get club miles? The Rank (Last Name, First) Miles consensus was no, because it was a canceled the ride. Next Meeting: May 13th at Rachel’s in Austintown. 1 King, Jerry 592 Social 6:30 – Meeting 7:30. Guests from the Rich 2 Huggins, Rick 426 Center for Autism will be attending the meeting for the 3 Walker, Kelley 310 presentation of the bikes. The meeting will be held in 4 Henderson, Jack 217 the Big Banquet room. The banner will be displayed at 5 Dobran, Jim 214 the front of the buffet table. 6 Murphy, Brian 212 7 Thomas, John 205 8 Nagy, John 193 May Birthdays 9 Boyer, Chuck 166 10 Dickstein-Rienerth, Lark 151 Neil Betts 3 11 Russell, Bill 112 Alan Wilber 4 12 Crown, Ken 109 Carl Delahunty 4 13 Krygowski, Frank 98 Bettyann Nagy 6 14 Sherman, Thomas 88 Doug Crush 6 15 Hughes, David 87 Janet Evans 10 16 Mines, Margaret 79 Ed Randall 13 John Chizmar 17 17 McCormick, John 74 Candi King 18 18 Betts, Neil 61 Jim Baker 25 19 McGeary, Jean 60 Jack Henderson 28 20 Adams, Bill 53 Dale Dyce 29 20 Boles, Juli 53 Kenneth Voorhies 30 20 Chizmar, John 53 Chuck Boyer 31 Club Data Total Club Miles Ride Participations Average Ride Length Active Riders YTD Rides 12 11 11 3 7 9 7 7 4 5 3 4 4 3 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 Current YTD Prior YTD 3955 123 32.2 35 4089 117 34.9 36 Do you want to receive Ride Report messages and mid-month Ride Schedule updates via email? Send your email address to [email protected] and be sure to add my email address to your “safe sender” list so the updates aren’t blocked by your spam filter. - Rick Notes from the 2nd Annual OBF Ohio Bicycling Summit April 22, 2015 Ohio cyclists can hope this year House Bill #154...the three foot law...will at least get a hearing and begin its way to eventual passage by the Ohio legislature. But its a far cry from a completed task at this point. Cosponsor State Representative Mike Sheehy (D-Toledo) spoke to the Ohio Bicycle Federation's annual legislative conference in Columbus April 22nd and said they planned to push the bill this term. Basically a passing motor vehicle would have to give a cyclist three feet of clearance or face a misdemeanor violation. As Sheehy explained, it would be one more charge to be faced if the driver should strike the bike. But he said the essence of the bill is really more toward education and awareness of cyclists rights to the road. This has been a frustrating battle for the bill's backers who actually began the movement in 2009. The first time it never made it to the house floor and the last time they ran out of time before the legislative session ended. What is the bill up against? State Senator John Eckland (R-Lake, Portage, Geauga) also addressed the gathering concerning different legislation but I asked him whether he could support #154 when it got to the senate. He said he was concerned for traffic safety if he had to pass three feet from a cyclist on a no-berm narrow road with a double yellow line. He is permitted to do that by way of a recent state law change - a law he voted to support when it came before the senate! Frustrating to say the least although he said he would give HB#154 a close look before deciding. Other bills of cycling interest to watch are HB#88 which would make texting while driving a primary offense. An officer could pull you over if they see you texting behind the wheel. And HB#110 which would raise leaving the scene of a serious or fatal accident to a second degree felony. Punishment now is up to 6 months in jail. The new bill changes that to "years" but the number wasn't specified at the session Another speaker touched on lobbying lawmakers. The most productive way he says is face-to-face. Petitions and e-mails and texts are ok but anything is better than nothing. He said if your lawmakers don't hear from you they will assume the issue is of no importance back home. - John Nagy Notes from SICCO 20 Of the 115 registration sheets for the SICCO ride on April 19th, registrations show 31% of the riders were from Mahoning County, 25% from Trumbull County, 24% from western PA, 13% from Columbiana County and the rest from northeast Ohio. Some towns that showed up: Akron, OH, Newton Falls, OH, Ravenna, OH, Salem, OH, Sewickley, PA, Gibsonia, PA, Sharon, PA, New Castle, PA and Chester, WV, as well as other Youngstown/Warren area locations. Of the 80 riders who responded to the line "where did you hear of SICCO?", most said they heard of the ride through a friend, followed by "rode it before" and then “found it on the OSW website/internet.” - John Nagy May 2015 Hand Signals - The Advanced Course most seem to end when the driver sees I’m not flustered. I’m sure we all know that you’re supposed to use hand signals when on a bike. Um... just like everyone knows that you’re supposed to used turn signals when driving a car. Right? But rarely, the “incivility” or rudeness does persist. If I’m riding in a lane too narrow to share - the usual situation - and I get a second blast, my hand signal is a fast, palms up thing that says “What am I supposed to do? I’m riding here!” It goes with a big shrug of my shoulders; but it definitely does not go with moving out of their way. If the lane is too narrow to safely share, I will not share the lane. (When friends visited us from Ireland, they were astounded about American drivers. “They don’t use their indicators!!” But that wasn’t you they saw, right? Uh... right?) I’m also sure that everyone knows the three basic bike hand signals: Arm bent down with palm back, to say you’re slowing or stopping. Left arm straight out to the left to say you’re turning left or changing lanes leftward. Right arm straight out to the right for a similar rightward move. (The old-style right turn signal, with the left arm bent upward, is usually much less effective.) So, is that it for hand signals? Not quite. Those are the basics, the grade school version. Yes, you should use them. But there’s more to life than grade school. On a recent ride, I noticed that I use a lot of others besides. Example: I was making my way through the new roundabout in Boardman. In a roundabout, the vehicle (including bicycle!) in the circle has right of way; those entering are supposed to yield to those in the circle. But this time, the driver coming from my right looked like he was coming too fast. Would he yield, or would he barge through? So I used an “advanced” hand signal. I put my arm straight out toward him, palm up, in a traffic cop’s “Stop!” signal. And sure enough, the driver stopped and let me pass. It worked like a charm. On the other hand, on that same ride, there were times I gave a “Go” signal. I passed through a couple of fourway stops, and I know that many motorists worry that the guy on the bike is going to run the stop sign. So even if they get there first, they wait and wait until they see whether I’ll really stop. Some even get into “politeness battles,” of the “You go,” “No, you go” variety. So what do I do now? If I see the motorist has the right of way - that is, he either got there first, or we got there simultaneously with him to my right - I wave him through before I even reach the intersection. When they see my “Go ahead” wave, they move out confidently. Many wave a “Thank you,” and both of us get through the intersection much more quickly! Another of my hand signals is my response to a horn honk from behind. I usually use the same signal for either a friendly warning toot, or for a rude blast: I lift my left hand and give a friendly “Hi, I know you’re there” wave. (And that’s “friendly” as in using all my fingers!) I get very few rude blasts, by the way; and On rare occasions, I’ve had some really dumb motorists behind me. I recall one guy in a big luxury SUV that blared his horn behind me in the right lane, even though there was no traffic at all in the left lane. He did respond to my “Come around! Pass in the left lane, darn it!” arm signal - delivered, I admit, with some impatience. Oh, and back to those three basic hand signals (slowing, turning left, turning right). Sometimes I’ll improve on them by waving that hand for emphasis. People respond to motion, and a “slowing” signal is more emphatic if my palm is swinging back repeatedly toward them. It emphasizes a “back off” message. In some discussions, people have objected to my use of these hand signals. They’ve said “You don’t have a right to direct traffic. You can’t take control that way.” But what I’m doing isn’t directing traffic, in the police sense. In every case, it’s just emphasizing what the law already says! And in many cases, I think motorists appreciate that someone is taking control, taking away the uncertainty about “Who has the right of way here?” or “What’s that guy on the bike going to do?” Remember, we’ve dealt with many thousands of cars. We know how it’s supposed to work. They rarely see a bicyclist, and the poor dears are easily confused. So we should help them out, by communicating! And speaking of helping out, there’s one more important hand signal. It’s a “Thank you!” wave, when a motorist is nicely courteous. It emphasizes the fact that we’re all just people using the road, trying to get to where we’re going, and hoping for some politeness from our fellow road users. The “Thank you!” wave transforms you from one of those lycra-wearing geeks into just a nice person on a bicycle. Use it whenever you can! - Frank Krygowski, OSW Safety Chairman May Rides + Activities: to rolling, to downright hilly depending on the day and who shows up. Call Jerry King at 330-398-2927. Speeds: Leisurely: 9-11, Low-moderate:11-13, Mid-moderate:12-14, High-moderate:13-15, Brisk:15-18, Fast: 18+ mph Thu. May 07 Bogey's Ride. Starting at 10 AM at Bogey's at 3535 Upland for approximately 23-28 miles at low-moderate pace. Park in rear. Lunch after. Call John McCormick with questions 330-942-5770. Rides should be submitted to our ride captain Rick Huggins at [email protected] Please note: The printed schedule is subject to change. Please check the ride schedule on the website for additions or cancellations. Our ride captain also sends out email updates of the schedule. Contact Rick to be added to the update email list. Sat. May 02 Grand River Valley Ride. Meet at 10AM in the gravel parking lot behind the Mesopotamia Town Hall (two story red brick building on State Route 534 on the second lot to the southeast of the intersection of Routes 534 and 87). This will be a moderately paced ride for a distance of slightly more than forty miles. Lunch will be at Rock Creek. No ride in rain, lightning, thunder, or below forty degrees. Based on Ride 3 from Pedaling to Lunch by Stan Purdum. Call Kelley Walker at 330-505-3573. Sun. May 3 Poland Forest Wildflower Walk - Join the Friends of Poland Forest for a leisurely bird and wildflower walk through this gorgeous nature preserve. Meet at 9 AM at the Forest's parking lot at the end of College Street. The hike will last approximately 1 1/2 hours and will be at a leisurely pace. Call Frank & Peg Krygowski for more info: 330-757-9057 Sun. May 3 Moonlight on the Trail - Meet 8:30 PM at the Stavich Trail in Lowellville, at the southeast end of Liberty Street. We’ll do about 15 low-moderate miles in the dark, mostly on the trail. Headlights and taillights required - it’s the law! No ride in rain. Call Frank Krygowski, 330-757-9057 Tue. May 5 Hill Repeats Meet at the Leetonia trailhead at 1pm for hill repeats on some of the vicious hills along the Lisbon Greenway. We’ll do slow recovery in between averaging a mid-moderate pace. 30+ miles. Call, text or email the night before to make sure the ride is a go. Jerry King 330-398-2927 [email protected] Fri. May 8 Friday Night Ride. Meet at the Niles Central Park Trailhead, 104 East State Street, Niles, Ohio at 5:00 PM for this moderately paced ride. Ride will be 20 miles or more along the Niles bike path toward the Experimental Farm and back. No ride in rain, lightning or thunder, or temperatures below 40 degrees. Call Kelley Walker at 330-505-3573. Sat. May 9 Discover Pittsburgh Ride – Meet at 9:30 am at the Southside Riverfront Park. Latitude: 40.431567 | Longitude: -79.974349 It is located at the end of South 18th Street (off Carson Street), cross the tracks, turn right and follow the road into the park. Address use: (11 South 18th Street Pittsburgh, Pa 15203). If there is interest in car pooling and traveling together, or questions please contact ride leader Neil Betts at 330240-2271. 40 to 50 miles at leisurely to mid moderate pace on flat paved trails / lunch stop. No ride in rain. Wonderful scenic ride, bring your cameras, stopping at the 5 star rated Bicycle Heaven, bicycle museum just off the trail. bicycleheaven.org Sat. May 9 2015 Salvation Army Family Fun Bike Ride - This non-club ride (don't report your miles) raises funds to support Youth Services and After School programs. Approximately 30 miles starting at the Mill Creek Metro Parks Experimental Farm. Fee information and additional details can be found on the OSW website under Other Rides. Tue. May 12 Hill Repeats Meet at the Leetonia trailhead at 1pm for hill repeats on some of the vicious hills along the Lisbon Greenway. We’ll do slow recovery in between averaging a mid-moderate pace. 30+ miles. Call, text or email the night before to make sure the ride is a go. Jerry King 330-398-2927 [email protected] Wed. May 13 Salem Wednesday Ride Meet at 2nd St. public parking lot (Between Lincoln & Ellsworth Aves.) at 4.pm 25+ Wed. May 6 Salem Wednesday Ride Meet at 2nd St. public parking miles at mid to high-moderate pace, stopping about 6:00 due to OSW meeting. Rides vary from fairly flat, to lot (Between Lincoln & Ellsworth Aves.) at 4m. 50+ rolling, to downright hilly depending on the day and miles at mid to high-moderate pace, with only short breaks until just before dusk. Rides vary from fairly flat, who shows up. Call Jerry King at 330-398-2927 May 2015 Wed. May 13 OSW Meeting - Join us at 6:30pm*/7:30pm at Rachel's Restaurant, 54 Westchester Dr., Austintown for our monthly club meeting *Social hour at 6:30pm. Come early to the meeting and enjoy dinner and drinks. Food and drinks will be available throughout the meeting if you are unable to come early. Thu. May 14 Bogey's Ride. Starting at 10 AM at Bogey's at 3535 Upland for approximately 23-28 miles at low-moderate pace. Park in rear. Lunch after. Call John McCormick with questions 330-942-5770. Thu. May 21 Bogey's Ride. Starting at 10 AM at Bogey's at 3535 Upland for approximately 23-28 miles at low-moderate pace. Park in rear. Lunch after. Call John McCormick with questions 330-942-5770. Fri. May 22 Friday Night Ride. Meet at the Niles Central Park Trailhead, 104 East State Street, Niles, Ohio at 5:00 PM for this moderately paced ride. Ride will be 20 miles or more along the Niles bike path toward the Experimental Farm and back. No ride in rain, lightning or thunder, or temperatures below 40 degrees. Call Kelley Walker at 330-505-3573. Fri. May 15 Bike To Work Warren - This non-club ride (don't report your miles) promotes bicycling as transportation. Event is 6 - 9 a.m. at the Log Cabin, Downtown Warren. Free continental breakfast. Prizes. Free T-shirts to first 100 attendees! Additional details can be found on the OSW website under Other Rides. Sat. May 23 NEOC Route Check Ride Meet at fire department just west of the Trumbull Fairgrounds Banquet Center (899 Everett Hall Road, Cortland, OH) at 9 am. 25-50-75100 miles. Mileage and pace is up to you and those you ride with. We will be checking two new routes for the 2016 ride. It will be like riding the NEOC courses only using cue sheets instead of road arrows. Cue Sat May 16 sheets and maps will be posted online for you to print. Rick's Rehab Ride - Meet at Poland High School on Note that the two new courses are tentative, which is Dobbins Rd at 9AM. We'll ride 30-40 miles at highwhy we are checking them. Call Jerry King at 330-398moderate pace. After a little warm-up and then do some hill work along the Mahoning River. Contact Rick 2927. Huggins @ 330-423-9079. Tue. May 26 Hill Repeats Meet at the Leetonia trailhead at 1pm for Sat May 16 Fun at the Hardware Store - Meet 10 AM at Town One hill repeats on some of the vicious hills along the Square in Poland for a low-moderate ride that includes Lisbon Greenway. We’ll do slow recovery in between averaging a mid-moderate pace. 30+ miles. Call, text stops at two unique hardware stores. (No, it’s not just a guy thing!) About 30 miles, rolling terrain. Call Frank or email the night before to make sure the ride is a go. Jerry King 330-398-2927 [email protected] Krygowski at 330-757-9057 Sun. May 17 Brian's Ride - Join Brian Murphy for a lap on the Little Beaver Greenway Trail. This trail-only ride is beginner and family friendly. We'll ride 20 miles at a leisurely to low-moderate pace Meet at the Leetonia trailhead at 1PM. Contact Rick Huggins @ 330-423-9079. Tue. May 19 Hill Repeats Meet at the Leetonia trailhead at 1pm for hill repeats on some of the vicious hills along the Lisbon Greenway. We’ll do slow recovery in between averaging a mid-moderate pace. 30+ miles. Call, text or email the night before to make sure the ride is a go. Jerry King 330-398-2927 [email protected] Wed. May 27 Salem Wednesday Ride Meet at 2nd St. public parking lot (Between Lincoln & Ellsworth Aves.) at 4pm. 50 + miles at mid to high-moderate pace, with only short breaks until just before dusk. Rides vary from fairly flat, to rolling, to downright hilly depending on the day and who shows up. Call Jerry King at 330-398-2927. Thu. May 28 Bogey's Ride. Starting at 10 AM at Bogey's at 3535 Upland for approximately 23-28 miles at low-moderate pace. Park in rear. Lunch after. Call John McCormick with questions 330-942-5770. Wed. May 20 Salem Wednesday Ride Meet at 2nd St. public parking lot (Between Lincoln & Ellsworth Aves.) at 4m. 50+ miles at mid to high-moderate pace, with only short breaks until just before dusk. Rides vary from fairly flat, . to rolling, to downright hilly depending on the day and who shows up. Call Jerry King at 330-398-2927.
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