President’s Message January 2015

Thank you to RJ & Betsy for such a lovely evening at SCBC’s annual Holiday party.  A great way to end this year.
But then let’s start next year off with a BANG! : )

New Years Day is our annual ride up Del Puerto Canyon. A ride to Frank Raines Hall will get you a free breakfast burrito for all members.  Or join that day, and you get free breakfast AND membership until April 2016!

I’m looking forward to new and exciting things happening in Stanislaus County about bicycling in 2015.  Check out the new bike lanes in Modesto on a special ride (TBA), volunteer to become a ride leader and be invited to a special ‘kick-off’ dinner and trainings, be a part of teaching bike skills to students and adults, spread the word about the 3-Foot Law, become a Board Member and help to facilitate this and more.  YOU can be a part of it all!!!

Please consider what you can do to help SCBC and ride safely this winter,


President’s Message December 2014

It’s been great riding weather!  I hope you’re out enjoying it on your bike!

This month, please join us for the annual Holiday dinner. Bring a potluck item and a festive spirit.  SCBC will provide the main course.

Then, we are looking forward to the new year.  I would love to have help with the New Years Day ride.  As is our tradition, we will be hosting breakfast at Frank Raines Hall in Del Puerto Canyon.

I need help with cooking, set-up, clean-up, check-in and member registration. We usually serve about 100 riders.  So you can help or ride, but don’t miss this healthy way to start the new

It is also the time of year when I begin to think of how SCBC should grow and our focus for the coming year.  If you have been waiting to be asked, please consider this a request.  We need people willing to serve on the Board and on the Century Planning Committee.  We need new
ideas and enthusiastic members.

We will be having a Board Member retreat in January and we are planning a Ride Leader Training for our members.  We are looking for better ways to share bike riding (trainings, presentations at schools, to SCBC members and in Modesto City).

Our next Century Planning meeting will be on Jan. 26. Won’t you help support SCBC and riding in Stanislaus County by getting more involved?  We need you!  And you get the personal satisfaction of making a difference here in our local communities.

Susan D.

President – Stanislaus County Bicycle Club

President’s Message November 2014

Thanks to those who worked so hard on the Fruit Yard Century, SCBC will again be making a donation to Second Harvest’s Food 4 Thought program.

The Food 4 Thought Program provides nutritious supplemental groceries to more than 3,700 children at 42 sites throughout San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties. Students who participate in eight hours of an academically based after-school program receive a 15-18 pound bag of food, twice a month.

We will also be able to continue having monthly meetings where we have food provided and to support other bicycle friendly initiatives.

If you were unable to help this year, PLEASE, get involved in your club’s only fundraiser next year!!

We will be starting our planning sessions soon. It really is only possible to put on this ride when we divide the huge responsibilities that this event presents.  You CAN make a difference.


Modesto’s Bike Lane Mystery Solved

Modesto’s Bike Lane Mystery Solved

from The Valley Citizen By Bruce Frohman

bike lanes increase safetyThe City of Modesto recently installed bike lanes on Briggsmore Expressway between Prescott Road and McHenry Avenue. Some citizens have been wondering whether the expenditure represents the best use of limited public funds.

After a strong lobbying effort by bicycle riding advocates in the 1980’s, when Modesto’s General Plan was updated, bike lanes became a part of the process for infrastructure improvement. A bike path was built in Thousand Oaks Park, following Dry Creek. Eventually, the path was extended out to Claus Road.

When the General Plan was updated in the early 2000s, the advocates were still lobbying. They were asking why a city-wide bike lane network was not making the progress called for in the General Plan.

At the behest of the City Council at the time, City Manager Jack Crist implemented a program whereby whenever an arterial street is reconstructed or repaved, bike lanes would also be striped on the new pavement. The reasoning was that over time every arterial in the city would have bike lanes.

The program provided a way of creating bike lanes simply by using a little extra paint on each job. A grid of bike lanes would eventually connect every part of the community.

Briggsmore Expressway Bicycle Lane

When the western section of the Briggsmore Expressway was repaved in 2014, the city followed the mandate of the general plan and the wishes of the City Council. The number of riders who will use the bike lane is not at issue. The logic has always been that the more bike lanes created, the more people will ride. When more people ride bicycles, there’s less air pollution.

The entire length of the expressway does not have a bicycle lane. However, as sections are repaved, eventually the entire length of the roadway will provide a crosstown bike lane.

Fragmented Bike Lane between East and West Campus of MJC

Citizens have also noticed an incomplete bicycle lane to connect the east and west campus of Modesto Junior College. The lane runs along a short stretch of Carpenter Road between Brink Road and North Ninth Street. The lane disappears as one goes south on North Ninth Street. The disappearance is due to the fact that North Ninth Street has not been repaved in over 30 years. When the street is eventually rehabilitated, the bike lane will be extended to the MJC east campus.

Bike Lanes as a Source of Revenue

The City of Modesto is occasionally able to secure grants from the State of California and the federal government to build new bike lanes. Funding for many of our bike lanes has come from sources outside the city. In fact, such funding often helps pay part of the cost of rehabilitating streets. Therefore, the construction of bike lanes has not come at the expense of fewer police officers and has not contributed to public service deficiencies.

For Your Health

Bicycle riding promotes good health and clean air. Other social benefits of bicycle riding should also be readily evident. Building bicycle lanes is a quality of life issue. Better communities build bike lanes. There probably would be more support for the program if citizens better understood it.


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