People ask, all the time: what is Velomuse, what do we do, and what kinds of cycling are implied? The answer is everyone, everything and everywhere – basically expanding the current resource network in order for people to stick with their chosen sport. Here’s a summary of what we did over the last year, bringing a little bit of everything to Pittsburgh’s cycling scene to Create Lifelong Cyclists (our motto). There’s a link to more information and photos from each event, in succession below. If you want to keep tabs on our progress on a daily basis, please “like” our facebook page.
January 24: Create and donate medals for Cross’d Bite cyclocross race and provided course marshal support.
February: Create first several drafts of a Memorandum of Understanding (volunteer trail maintenance agreement) between the City of Pittsburgh/Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group.
Mar 9-12: Attend National Bike Summit in Washington DC with local advocacy representatives from Bike Pittsburgh and Dirt Rag/Bicycle Times Magazine, as a IMBA delegate for Pennsylvania. Include mountain bike access issues in meetings with Congressional staff. Report here.
April 1st: Pull a friendly prank on our readers for April Fools day.
May 4: Attend Pennsylvania Walk and Bike Summit in Harrisburg, PA with local advocates and City of Pittsburgh Bike/Ped Coordinator. Emphasize Safe Passing laws and help legislators identify concerned constituency. More info here.
May 22: Venture Outdoors Festival: Organize and host the first Kids’ Bike Rodeo – working with Thick Bikes and Venture Outdoors, to draft and build kid-sized, rideable obstacles and borrowed bicycles from Wilderness Voyageurs. Expanded liability insurance protocol with League of American Bicyclists’ Club insurance program. Pictures and recap here.
July: Work with City officials and local bike advocates to implement public explanation of City Municipal Code regarding off-road bicycle use in City Parks. Enhance press release distribution list, including newspaper, blog and twitter feeds.
August 14: Host the City’s first permitted bicycle event Velomuse youth bike rodeo inside Frick park (bikes donated by Freeride), helping to create a system to bicyclists to apply for public space permits.
October 2nd: Lead a group ride for Girl Scouts troop leaders to facilitate training for a long-term bike program.
October 14th: Organize and coach annual Cyclocross 101 clinic, with Koeles Cycling Club, professional cyclist Barb Howe. Event permitted at Highland Park, licensed by USA Cycling and insured by League of American Bicyclists. Registration via Bikereg.com
October 27th: Velomuse Junior Devo and Team IMBA ride, Justin Uplinger WINS High School classification during the Month of Mud series.
November: Partner with International Mountain Bike Association’s Regional Leadership Advisory Council to develop Pennsylvania’s first Long Range “Shared-Use Trails Vision Plan”.
December 20th: Host Life Cycles Film Premier in Pittsburgh – the first mountain bike themed film hosted in a full scale theatre, with the help of Dreaming Ant and Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Ticket sales through Eventbrite.