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Sunday, December 24, 2006

HELP WANTED, Part two

Do you have a router? Are you handy like Bob Vila? Would you like to lend a hand in the construction of trail signs for Carvins Cove?

If you answered yes to any of the above, please drop me a line at bicyclesoup@cox.net with your contact information - we'd love your help.

Before long we will have the materials to build trail signs for Carvins Cove, then we will need your help in making them. There will be opportunities to lay-out templates, use a router (experienced operators only please) and paint letters once the signs are routed.

This will be a good winter (inside) project! Stay tuned for more info soon!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Trail Sign Project - HELP WANTED

PROJECT UPDATE

The City of Roanoke has committed to purchasing the materials that will be needed to erect signs at Carvins Cove. They will provide us with the posts, wood for the trail signs, bolts and nuts to attach the signs to the posts, and the paint for the lettering.

WHAT WE NEED:
Access to programmable automated router equipment that we could use to knock out the sign lettering. If anyone owns a sign shop or a wood shop and would like to volunteer their equipment for a GREAT cause, that would help tremendously!

Please email me at bicyclesoup@cox.net if you can help.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

One year later

The Roanoke River Greenway continues to grow! About this time last year I visited the Riverland Road and 13th Street corridor to report on the progress of the Army Corp of Engineers flood reduction project. The plan is to widen the banks of the river from Explore Park in Bedford County all the way to Greenhill Park in Salem. A greenway will piggyback on the widened riverbank connecting many communities with a ribbon of bicycle and pedestrian friendly pavement. The project is being completed in phases. The wide open areas are being finished first, since they are the low hanging fruit and can be completed quickly. The more difficult areas - around and under bridges and road intersections, narrow banks, etc. - will require more work and will take longer to complete.

Most sections of greenway are tucked away in the urban landscape, hidden from view. Unless you know where to look, you may never know a greenway was there. But this section is different. It advertises for itself. It draws people in with it's openness. The section along Riverland Road is perhaps the most visible phase of the entire project. Tons of traffic zips up and down both Riverland Road and 13th Streets every day - right beside the greenway.Though still incomplete, walkers could be seen testing the new pavement in several places. It's nice to see that it will be used and appreciated. It's also nice to see people exercising!


Dec 2005 - The Roanoke River Greenway - looking toward Vinton from 9th Street.
Dec 2006- Looking toward 9th Street - a new bridge ready for pavement.

Some awesome new pavement along 13th Street!More new pavement - looking from 13th Street toward Riverland Road.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Trail signs coming soon!

Last night I was invited to present the plan for trail signage at Carvins Cove to the Roanoke City Recreation and Park Advisory Board . The meeting was very positive and the Board expressed an eagarness to see this project move forward. The project is approved and materials will be provided by the City of Roanoke! We will finally have signage at the Cove!

Overall, the city is very interested in promoting outdoor recreation for economic development and quality-of-life purposes. They are showing a commitment to improving the recreational opportunities available to locals and tourists alike by encouraging projects like this one.

Expect more good news in regards to local trails soon!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

The girlie girl


For those of you who don't know what Pookie looks like without a helmet, I thought you'd enjoy this shot of her dolled up for my company Christmas party. Hard to believe she's such a mountain biking tom-boy, right?

Interesting factoid: The hairdo costs as much as a good carbon handlebar and contained 58 bobbi-pins.

No matter the cost, it was worth every dime. She was stunning! I am a lucky man indeed.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Rant

It only takes about 3 minutes to find one. Everywhere I go, at any time of day. Speeders. I have trouble understanding their mentality. I’d like to ask these idiots why they think that the law doesn’t apply to them. I’m not talking about on the interstate; I’m talking secondary roads and city streets. I’m not talking about people who drive 5 miles per hour over the speed limit either. On two separate stretches of a four-lane street with a 35 mph speed limit, I routinely have people blow by me when I’m doing 40+ mph. This is something that I notice even more when I’m traveling this same stretch commuting to work on my bike. Hey idiot, those big white signs with the numbers on them are there for a reason!

Speeding has become an epidemic of stupidity. When these people get in their cars, they turn into morons. Everyone acknowledges that this is a problem, but what can we do to impact it? Speeding will never go away. There will always be idiots who don’t have any concern for anyone but themselves. But it seems like the number of idiot morons rises every single time I’m out on the road. What the hell is going on?

I know these people aren’t going anywhere important. I’ve watched closely as these idiots have shot around me like they were late for a fire, only to watch them pull into McDonalds or Starbucks. They obviously are not late since they have time to stop for their morning java or a fat, fat and fat biscuit. Here’s a novel idea; IF YOU WANT TO GET THERE SOONER, LEAVE EARLIER!

Is it society telling these people that they need to be in front of everyone else in order to feel important or special? Do they watch a lot of reality TV? You know what I’m talking about; conflict sells. Almost every popular show on TV these days is based on conflict. Everyone is always at someone else’s throat. (That’s a whole different rant all together!) So, since they feed on this crap, they feel like they are superior to you because they can drive faster.

Or is it that fact that these morons are so undisciplined that they can’t control themselves enough to obey the simplest of laws?

Is it the fact that they know they won’t get caught? After all, the police can’t patrol everywhere at all times. Like I mentioned earlier, the population of moron motorists is rapidly increasing.

What can we do? Are we helpless? Is this a lost cause? I’m being serious here; something has to be done or people will continue to die. I don’t want to be one of them. I don’t want any of my fellow cyclists to be one of them.

The purpose of this rant is to start a dialog. Maybe even start a movement.
What can we do??????????????????????????????????????????????