Dear QCBC members in Iowa House District 94 Bettendorf, Riverdale, & parts of North Davenport.

I've received an urgent appeal from the Iowa Bicycle Coalition.

2016 was a very dangerous year for cycling in Iowa. In response we're promoting crucial safety laws very vigorously this year in the Iowa legislature including a "change lanes to pass a bicycle bill" and several versions of a "hands-free" distracted driving bill.

Many of these laws are facing substantial opposition from factions of our citizenry that consider bicycles a nuisance and don't believe we have a legitimate right to the road.

Your Representative Mohr, is a key member of the house transportation committee. We need his and others' votes on the committee in order to get these bills finished in the transportation committee and move them on to the House of Representatives prior to the March 3 legislative (funnel) deadline. That's one week from this Friday.

Any bills not out of the Transportation Committee by March 3 are dead for this year.

Please take a moment to contact Rep. Mohr and let him know of your views on these issues.

Thank you for helping make cycling safer in our area.

If you have any questions regarding any of these issues please don't hesitate to contact me.

Best Regards & Happy Trails,

Tom Donahoe
After reviewing the survey results and comments your board has broken down the results into six areas which are:
  • Advocacy: safety - legislative - intermodal/trails - Cycling Promotion
  • Communications: Information delivery - Information Presentation - Content - Marketing
  • Membership: Recruitment - New Member Welcoming - Volunteerism
  • Cycling Events: Ride Speed - Start Times - Ride Locations - Ride Distances -Theme/Purposes
  • Education: Bike Maintenance - Nutrition - Coaching/Workshops
  • Social: New Socials -Annual Banquet - Spring/Fall Picnics - Semi-Annual Club Meeting
After much discussion at the February board meeting it was decided to "tackle" Cycling Events and Communications. Two work groups were formed to dig further into how improvements could be made. The charge was for the workgroups is to return to the March board meeting with an initial plan.

More information to follow in the coming weeks, but here are the survey results for those interested.

Questions regarding the survey can be directed to Dave Ring
3rd Annual
QCBC Spring into Bicycling Open House
Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Freight House Lower reception area
between Fresh Deli & Front Street Brewery
400 W. Beiderbeck Dr., Davenport, Iowa

Come join us and learn how the Quad Cities Bicycle Club (QCBC) can help you SPRING into bicycling!
Learn about the various rides that we offer and talk to the individuals who organize them:
  • Leisure Rides
  • Women's Rides
  • Mid-paced Rides
  • RAGBRAI Training Rides
  • Learn more about RAGBRAI and QCBC's charter service
  • Time Trials
  • Criterium
  • Always wanted to start commuting to work but just not sure how to get it in "gear"? Check out the QC Metro Map and talk to other cycling commuters to get help on planning your own route and learn how to handle the logistics.
  • View displays highlighting the rich QCBC history.
Location for this event is easily accessible for all by bicycle. Ride on down, visit the indoor Farmers Market, purchase some lunch, and enjoy the river view

Learn about our Bike Month (May) and Bike to Work Week (May 15-19) activities.

Provide input for bicycle infrastructure in the QC...What does your city need to make it more bicycle friendly?

Participate in bike maintenance demonstrations. Here are some selections:
  • Changing a flat tire
  • Bike safety check
  • Bring your own bike and get some individual advice
Come and just spend some time talking about bicycling, share stories, see how you and your family can get involved, and give us ideas on how to make the QCBC work for you!

For more information contact Deb and Dean "Bareback" Mathias at or by phone at Dean's cell: 309-737-8429.
Come join us for the Spring Tailwind Ride and start your 2017 by riding a Century.

It will be held Saturday, May 6th. Registration for this ride will be open from April 3rd through April 30th through Get Me Registered. The entry fee is $35.

Consider the following scenarios:
  • Have you ever been struck by a motor vehicle while cycling?
  • Had a motor vehicle pass uncomfortably close to you on the road?
  • Been endangered by a distracted or inattentive driver?
  • Encountered an angry or aggressive driver?
  • Ever had a F-150 initiate a game of "chicken" with you?
  • Do you ride with a camera(s) to capture dangerous encounters?
The editors of Bicycling Magazine are working on a story for an upcoming issue that addresses how safe cyclists feel when riding outside on the road.

Please take a few moments to share your experiences and concerns with them.
Your input is highly valued and will be much appreciated.

Tom Donahoe
Quad Cities Bicycle Club
Advocacy Team
25 mile bike ride (Irish attire strongly encouraged!) touring the fabulous QC Isles of: Campbells, Sylvan, Arsenal and Credit (mostly bike path) Join your QCBC friends and family!

Saturday March 25, 2017
11 a.m.

Meet and end at Happy Joes 2900 River Dr. Moline, Illinios.

Get your Irish on and bring a friend! Prizes for Best Costume, Winning Poker Hand, Oldest rider, Youngest rider and newest to cycling.

Questions, contact:
Ray 563-210-3550
Angie 563-210-3550

Spring Tailwind will be held Saturday, May 6th. Come join the fun. Online registration will be open from April 3rd to April 30th.

QCBC Club Spring Picnic will be held Sunday, May 7th. Before the picnic enjoy a ride with friends and meet new ones.

More info to come on both events.
Last year 11 cyclists died on Iowa roads. more than double the figure from 2015. Over the same period 403 motorists also died on Iowa roads up 26%.

Distracted driving was a know or suspected contributor in several of these deaths and it is a pervasive growing danger to ALL the traveling public.

The Iowa House and Senate are currently working on multiiple bills to combat distracted diving. They need your ecouragement to stay on task and see this work to completion.

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