Thursday, December 22, 2011

BFSC Holiday Ride Schedules - December 24 & 25 also December 30, 31, January 1 & 2


Merry Christmas!!!

We trust all the Beaches First Street Cycling riders and friends will have a fun and safe Christmas and New Years holiday celebrations with family and friends.

With the holidays the ride schedule will change a little due to family comments, staying up late for New Years, and it’s a holiday to sleep in a little.

Hanna Park is open Christmas and New Years Day.

Watch the BFSC Blog or Facebook page for ride updates or someone trying to organize a ride during the holiday week. Or start time change due to weather.

Beaches Weekend Weather Forecast (observed at Mayport Naval Air Station)

Beaches First Street Cycling Ride Schedule

Saturday, December 24 – Traditional BFSC Ride – 8:00 AM

Sunday, December 25 – Leah Mantle is organizing and leading a 80 miles Christmas Day ride at 8:00 AM leaving from the Lodge. There will be the usual points you can turn around if you want to do a shorter ride.

Friday, December 30 – Group Road Bike – 9:00 AM from the Lodge
Saturday, December 31 – Traditional Saturday Road Ride – 8:00 AM
Sunday, January 1 – Mountain Bike or Road Bike options – 10:00 AM
Monday, January 2 – Group Road Bike – 9:00 AM from the Lodge


Saturday – 8:00 AM @ the Lodge – 40 miles
The BFSC Saturday Ride warms up together for the first 5 to 6 miles.
The Ride Pace begins to pick up quickly to the Palm Valley Bridge.
The BFSC splits into 2 groups base on Ride Pace either at the PV Bridge
Or at the Traffic Light at Crosswater Parkway & Old 210
Group 1 = Ride Pace 25+ MPH with max speed 30+
Group 2 = Ride Pace 19 – 25 MPH 
See link for the Map on the right. 
Group 1 will make Right at Crosswater Parkway. 
Group 2 will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway
  
There are TWO Optional Ride on Sunday – January 1.

10:00 AM Mountain Biking at Hanna Park
Meet at the front Parking Lot ready to ride at 10.
Entrance Fee $1.00
This is a group ride. We will regroup at the trailhead or trail fork, so that you can ride at your pace.

10:00 AM Road Ride Leaving from the Lodge
Group Ride Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH.
Remember this is a GROUP ride.
We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group.
We have been trying to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge,
 so that everyone finishes the ride together.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

RIDE THE DIVIDE Official Movie Trailer



An award-winning feature film about the world's toughest mountain bike race, which traverses over 2700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The film weaves the story of three characters' experiences with immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border.

Friday, December 16, 2011

BFSC Ride Schedule Dec 17 & 18 - Riverside Luminaria Bike Ride Sunday Night


                     

This year marks the 28th anniversary of Riverside Avondale’s beloved Luminaria celebration. The traditional lighting of the lanterns at sundown will occur Sunday, December 18th. Luminaria is a wonderful community-building event celebrating the season.

The ever-popular Luminaria Bike Ride will leave from City CycleDescription: http://www.previewshots.com/images/v1.3/t.gif on Park Street at 6 pm (across from European Street Bakery); helmets and bike lights are required, creative holiday bike decorations are encouraged.

Come join the fun, bring the whole family, riding your bicycle Sunday through Riverside enjoying the Christmas Luminaries & Lights. Please wear your helmet and you will need a light on your bike. Also you can decorate you bike with Christmas lights.

Meet at Drew Johnson's bike shop City Cycle ready to ride at 6:00 PM. 

BeachesWeekend Weather Forecast (observed at Mayport Naval Air Station)


Looks like a nice Saturday forecast for a bike ride with ride time weather: Partly Cloudy 59F; 9 mph WNW windy. Front to come though Saturday night with Sunday's ride time weather forecast 49/52F with 13 mph N wind.

Beaches First Street Cycling Ride Schedule

Saturday – 8:00 AM @ the Lodge – 40 miles
The BFSC Saturday Ride warms up together for the first 5 to 6 miles.
The Ride Pace begins to pick up quickly to the Palm Valley Bridge.
The BFSC splits into 2 groups base on Ride Pace either at the PV Bridge
Or at the Traffic Light at Crosswater Parkway & Old 210
Group 1 = Ride Pace 25+ MPH with max speed 30+
Group 2 = Ride Pace 19 – 25 MPH 
See link for the Map on the right. 
Group 1 will make Right at Crosswater Parkway. 
Group 2 will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway
  
There are TWO Optional Ride on Sunday.

9:00 AM Mountain Biking at Hanna Park
Meet at the front Parking Lot ready to ride at 9.
Entrance Fee $1.00
This is a group ride. We will regroup at the trailhead or trail fork, so that you can ride at your pace.

8:00 AM Road Ride Leaving from the Lodge
Group Ride Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH.
Remember this is a GROUP ride.
We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group.
We have been trying to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge,
 so that everyone finishes the ride together.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Riverside Luminaria Bike Ride is Sunday December 18th


Luminaria is Sunday December 18th

                      This year marks the 28th anniversary of Riverside Avondale’s beloved Luminaria celebration. The traditional lighting of the lanterns at sundown will occur Sunday, December 18th. Luminaria is a wonderful community-building event celebrating the season.
The ever-popular Luminaria Bike Ride will leave from City Cycle on Park Street at 6 pm (across from European Street Bakery); helmets and bike lights are required, creative holiday bike decorations are encouraged.
Also returning is the live nativity scene and numerous musical performances at area churches. It’s always a great family tradition—hope you will join us!
Come join the fun riding you bicycle Sunday through Riverside enjoying the Christmas Luminaries & Lights. Please wear your helmet and you will need a light on your bike. Also you can decorate you bike with Christmas lights.

Meet at Drew Johnson's bike shop City Cycle ready to ride at 6:00 PM. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

BFSC Ride Schedule - December 10 & 11

We had great BFSC party last weekend. Please give Chris Cusimano a big Thank You for hosting. If you were not able to make the party and had ordered a 2011 BFSC bike kit, please make arrangements with Walter Campbell to pick your kit up.


The weather forecast has been all over the map for this weekend. They have forecast pleasant temperatures but maybe rain sometime on Saturday and/or Sunday. Sunday a strong Northeasterly wind is forecast.

Check the BFSC Facebook Page for any ride schedule start time updates due to weather/rain on Saturday and Sunday.

Beaches First Street Cycling Ride Schedule

Saturday – 8:00 AM @ the Lodge – 40 miles
The BFSC Saturday Ride warms up together for the first 5 to 6 miles.
The Ride Pace begins to pick up quickly to the Palm Valley Bridge.
The BFSC splits into 2 groups base on Ride Pace either at the PV Bridge
Or at the Traffic Light at Crosswater Parkway & Old 210
Group 1 = Ride Pace 25+ MPH with max speed 30+
Group 2 = Ride Pace 19 – 25 MPH 
See link for the Map on the right. 
Group 1 will make Right at Crosswater Parkway. 
Group 2 will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway
  
There are TWO Optional Ride on Sunday.

9:00 AM Mountain Biking at Hanna Park
Meet at the front Parking Lot ready to ride at 9.
Entrance Fee $1.00
This is a group ride. We will regroup at the trailhead or trail fork, so that you can ride at your pace.

8:00 AM Road Ride Leaving from the Lodge
Group Ride Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH.
Remember this is a GROUP ride.
We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group.
We have been trying to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge,
 so that everyone finishes the ride together.

Cycling Explained

PLEASE HELP! Keep the Blue Ridge Parkway Open to Cyclist

http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/outdoor-blogs/editors-blog/blue-ridge-parkway-closed-to-cyclists


Blue Ridge Parkway: Closed To Cyclists?
by WILL HARLAN on DECEMBER 8, 2011

The Blue Ridge Parkway is the single most popular road for bicyclists in the Blue Ridge. Cyclists cherish the Parkway’s 469 scenic miles from Shenandoah to the Smokies. Even Lance Armstrong pedaled the high-elevation road during his Tour de France championship training.
Unfortunately, the Blue Ridge Parkway’s newly released draft management plan could limit cycling on the Parkway. The draft plan focuses exclusively on the Parkway being “actively managed as a traditional, self-contained, scenic recreational driving experience.”
The Parkway was formed through legislation in 1936. But a “traditional driving experience” in 1936 is far different than how users would choose to enjoy the Parkway in the 21st century. Motorized vehicles should not be the only way promoted to experience the Blue Ridge Parkway today.
The Draft Plan also states that the Blue Ridge Parkway is applying for National Historic Landmark status, as a way to manage the Parkway under the strain of diminishing National Park budgets. Under this status, any changes within the Parkway will go under intense historic review, which could block trail building, road maintenance, or future improvements for bicycle access. Despite the growing interest in bicycling, Park managers may not be able to accommodate cyclists or other non-motorized and alternative transportation users.
Here are the alternatives listed in the plan:
  • A = no change
  • B = promoting the “driving experience”
  • C = partnership with local economies
None of the alternatives are entirely bicycle-friendly, but B is the least bicycle-friendly of all. The Park has tentatively selected Alternative B, but public comment can change their decision.
The Parkway is overwhelmed and underfunded in trying to meet the needs of almost 20 million annual visitors. But on all counts, this draft plan fails to meet the vision created by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s Great Outdoors initiative, which includes a goal of connecting Americans to the outdoors. It further derails Director of the National Park Service Jon Jarvis’s challenge to Park managers to:
  • expand the use of our National Parks for outdoor recreation;
  • connect parks in or near urban areas through public transportation, and pedestrian and bike paths; and,
  • decrease carbon footprint, and showcase the value of renewable energy.
What You Can Do
Submit written comments on the Blue Ridge Parkway Draft Management Plan by December 16, to:
Superintendent Philip A. Francis, Jr.
Blue Ridge Parkway
199 Hemphill Knob Road
Asheville, NC 28803
Or formally submit comments through the on-line system, answering the following questions:
Question 1: What proposals or aspects do you like/dislike about the alternatives in this Draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (DGMP/EIS)?
I can  support proposed Option C only if comprehensive changes are made to include and promote bicycling, walking and other non-motorized forms of transportation as an integral part of the Parkway’s mission.
As a cyclist, I cannot support the over-arching goals presented in the Draft Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement.
First, a National Historic Landmark designation is the wrong way to protect the Parkway. This status will create obstacles and bureaucratic red tape, and entomb the Parkway in a virtual time capsule. Instead, we should trust the good judgment and stewardship of future generations to preserve and protect this treasure in perpetuity, while meeting the changing needs of our citizens.
Second, Park managers need to understand that the legislation that created the Parkway as a “driving experience” doesn’t fully meet the needs of today’s Parkway users, or potential users. The Parkway shouldn’t be promoted as a car-only roadway, but should meet the National Park Service’s Call to Action and Secretary Salazar’s vision of Connecting Americans to the Great Outdoors. By promoting and accommodating cycling and other forms of alternative transportation, Parkway managers will provide interactive and lasting experiences with one of America’s most loved treasures.
Finally, the Draft Plan’s alternatives do not address the growing interest in cycling, and fail to acknowledge the benefits that cycling brings to both the Parkway and surrounding communities. The Blue Ridge Parkway is an international cycling destination, and important recreation facility for surrounding communities; vital to their economies, and to provide them with healthy lifestyle opportunities.
Merely allowing cycling on the Parkway is not enough and the message to promote active, healthy use of the facility must be an integral part of the core management plan.

Question 2: Do you have any suggestions for improving the preferred alternative in this DGMP/EIS? If so, what are they?
Parkway management should:
1) halt the National Historic Landmark application process;
2) recognize and promote cycling in the Draft Management Plan as a viable and important aspect of Parkway visitation;
3) modify the  Draft Management Plan as presented and work with cyclists, the surrounding communities and the general public to meet the needs of today’s changing world. The plan should have a goal of building cycling and alternative transportation into the park planning process in order to meet the National Park Service’s Call to Action and Secretary Salazar’s vision for Connecting American’s to the Great Outdoors.


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }
Anne Whisnant December 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm
Good article. I will send in my comments — which will be quite similar to those I sent on the draft plan in 2008. I’m a historian who’s worked on the Parkway history for 20 years and published a major book on this in 2006 (Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History). Thinking historically about what was proposed in the draft GMP in 2008, I analyzed the alternatives and recommended adoption of alternative C, with several caveats. I also raised the issue of bicycling and the “entombing” function of the NHL status. Readers who would like to see more of my analysis can read my 2008 blog postings about this here: http://www.blueridgeparkwayblog.com/?s=GMP
Anne Mitchell Whisnant
Chapel Hill, NC
Michael December 9, 2011 at 12:32 am
Let bikers use the parkway! Ban cars because they destroy the beauty and the protection the president wanted when Ike made the roads. Let the people protect the land not destroy it!
Kevin Dobo December 9, 2011 at 2:06 am
I moved to Western North Carolina SPECIFICALLY because I love riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway. So believe me when I say that I am very much opposed to ANY legislation or other actions which may threaten my right and ability to ride the hundreds of miles of this beautiful scenic highway.
That said, I do not understand the panic-inducing language of this article. First of all, it does not even include a link to the proposed draft management plan. The plan link is http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=355&projectID=10419&documentID=43487
Secondly, there is no language WHATSOEVER that threatens cyclists access to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The words “driver experience” are vague at best, and it is much more logical to assume that the people drafting this document didn’t care one way or another about people on bikes instead of in cars because we are a tiny fraction of the total traffic. By nearly all national and state laws, a bike is a vehicle and I can just as easily say I “drive” a bike as I “ride” a bike.
Third, the article instructs us to follow a survey link and copy/paste a bunch of boilerplate language that will do absolutely NOTHING to help the cause of cyclists.
Fourth, if you had bothered to read the document in full, Plan B calls for, and I quote,
“Continue to allow bicycling on the
main parkway road and other parkway
roads, recognizing that bicyclists
would be sharing the road with higher
volumes of motorized traffic,
especially in the more urbanized areas
of the parkway.”
Where does that language suggest the Parkway could be “closed to cyclists?”
Despite all my objections, this is still an opportunity for any cyclist who enjoys riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway to be heard. If nothing else, we can ask for MORE consideration instead of less, or none. If you want to make an impact and be heard, instead of copying the boilerplate, I would suggest that you please find and read the actual plan, and then write, in your OWN WORDS, your thoughts and opinions on this matter.
Adam Penny December 9, 2011 at 2:17 am
I read the documents themselves and they specifically stated, and made a point to say, the parkway would not be closed to cyclists. Where am I missing this “banning of bikes” language?
I did find out, though, that Alternate C is not a good choice (in my opinion) due to the fact that it will give a DOT contract which will be a huge waste of taxpayer’s dollars. A separate multiuse path (bicyclist WITH pedestrians). Similar to Rails to Trails (which is a great idea for old railways, but is a bit of a bad mix of users (moms with babyjoggers, grandparents with little kids running all over, and cyclists averaging at times speeds anywhere from 8-28mph!!)
Choose option “B” in your comments.
Will, I am disappointed with your writings.
Adam Penny December 9, 2011 at 2:19 am
Will, are you employed by a DOT contractor? Plan C only funnels tax dollars that direction when it comes to the bike use issue.
John December 9, 2011 at 3:35 am
By “traditional scenic recreational driving experience” they mean not placing an emphasis on traffic speed nor throughput. So it’s pretty much the opposite of what you claim.
Also, I draw your attention to this section under Plan B on page 444:
“The parkway and other park roads would
continue to be available to bicyclists and
provide an outstanding cycling experience. In
general, the parkway’s limited access, lower
traffic levels, and scenic setting provide for a
quality cycling experience.”
However, options B and C place an emphasis on tearing up and segmenting habitats by ripping multi-use paved paths through the park. I would oppose these and instead ask for improved shoulders where feasible. This would probably be cheaper too.
Chip December 9, 2011 at 9:18 am
Thank you for providing us a summary as well as a way to easily comment on this issue. It took me all of 2 mintues thanks to your assistance.
Scott Erker December 9, 2011 at 9:52 am
NO CHANGE!
Sean Dunlap December 9, 2011 at 11:16 am
Read carefully before acting… you might get what you wish for… maybe!

Friday, December 2, 2011

BFSC Dec 3 & 4 Ride Schedule & Holiday Party Sat Dec 3


BFSC Holiday Party & Reorder Bike Kits Pickup
6:00 PM, Saturday, December 3 @ Chris Cusimano’s House
127 Lora St., Neptune Beach, FL  32266
Chris’s home is on the East side of 1st Street.

Bring a covered dish and BYOD.
We will have some wine & beer.

Check the BFSC Blog and Facebook Page for up-to-date details.
Visit the BFSC Facebook Page and post if you are coming and what you are bring. This will allow us to determine a headcount and so that we do not have to many covered dishes of the same thing!!

City of Neptune Beach Parking Regulations
Parking on 1st Street – WEST SIDE ONLY & till 10:00 PM!!! – Facing South
Parking on Side Streets OK – No Time Limit – Just do not block the street or driveways. A Fire Truck must be able to pass.


Beaches First Street Cycling Ride Schedule

Saturday – 8:00 AM @ the Lodge – 40 miles
The BFSC Saturday Ride warms up together for the first 5 to 6 miles.
The Ride Pace begins to pick up quickly to the Palm Valley Bridge.
The BFSC splits into 2 groups base on Ride Pace either at the PV Bridge
Or at the Traffic Light at Crosswater Parkway & Old 210
Group 1 = Ride Pace 25+ MPH with max speed 30+
Group 2 = Ride Pace 19 – 25 MPH 
See link for the Map on the right. 
Group 1 will make Right at Crosswater Parkway. 
Group 2 will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway

Sunday – 9:00 AM
Due to the BFSC Holiday Party the Sunday ride Start time has been pushed back to 9:00 AM, so that, you can recovery a little longer before riding on Sunday.

There are TWO Optional Ride on Sunday.

9:00 AM Mountain Biking at Hanna Park
Meet at the front Parking Lot ready to ride at 9.
Entrance Fee $1.00
This is a group ride. We will regroup at the trailhead or trail fork, so that you can ride at your pace.

9:00 AM Road Ride Leaving from the Lodge
Group Ride Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH.
Remember this is a GROUP ride.
We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group.
We have been trying to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge,
so that everyone finishes the ride together.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Beaches First Street Cycling Holiday Party / Kit Pick Up!!!

Here is your Friendly Reminder!!! This Saturday Night, December 3rd at 6:00 pm - Beaches First Street Cycling Holiday Party / Kit Pick Up. At Chris Cusimano's House: 127 Lora St., Neptune Beach, FL, 32266. Please bring a covered dish and whatever you want to drink. We will have some wine and beer there. If you can, ride your bike. Parking can be tricky. Your best bet for parking will be on 3rd St or the side streets. Hope to see everyone there in a festive mood!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

BFSC Thanksgiving Weekend Ride Schedule - Nov 24, 25, 26, & 27


New BFSC Bike Kits and Holiday Party
Saturday, December 3 @ Chris Cusimano’s House in Neptune Beach.
The 2011 BFSC Bike Kits reorder has shipped.
Stay Posted to the BFSC Blog and Facebook Page for more details


Beaches First Street Cycling Ride Schedule

Thursday – Thanksgiving Day Century – 100 miles
8:00 AM @ the Lodge
Leah Mantle is organizing this ride and will determine the ride pace.
The route will follow several of BFSC regular routes to the west. There are several bail out spots if you need to ride shorter miles.

Champion Cycling Annual Thanksgiving Mountain Bike and Road Ride to Fort George and Amelia Islands.
Meet at 6:45 AM at the Police Station at Seminole Road to catch the 8:00 AM Ferry. They have armbands for the Ferry Ride; make sure you pick up an Arm Band.
Mountain Bikes will ride the Fort George Island Loop.
Road Bikes will ride North and back on A1A.

Friday – 8:00 AM @ the Lodge – 40 Mile Loop
Group Ride - Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH.
Remember this is a GROUP ride.
We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group.
We have been trying to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge,
so that everyone finishes the ride together.

Saturday – 8:00 AM @ the Lodge – 40 miles
The BFSC Saturday Ride warms up together for the first 5 to 6 miles.
The Ride Pace begins to pick up quickly to the Palm Valley Bridge.
The BRSC splits into 2 groups base on Ride Pace either at the PV Bridge
Or at the Traffic Light at Crosswater Parkway & Old 210
Group 1 = Ride Pace 25+ MPH with max speed 30+
Group 2 = Ride Pace 19 – 25 MPH 
See link for the Map on the right. 
Group 1 will make Right at Crosswater Parkway. 
Group 2 will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway

Sunday – 8;00 AM@ the Lodge – 40 - 60 miles 
Group Ride Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH.
Remember this is a GROUP ride.
We will regroup when necessary for those loosing contact with the group.
We have been trying to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge,
so that everyone finishes the ride together.

On Sunday there is an optional Mountain Bike ride at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park located Northwest of Gainesville.
Meet at 9:00 AM ready to pedal.
If you would like to caravan, meet at the Jiffy Store at San Pablo and Atlantic Blvd at 7:00 AM. Its about a 1.5 hour drive.