Submitted by: Deb Mathias
4th Annual QCBC Spring into Bicycling Open House
Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 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 many opportunities that we offer and talk to individuals who organize our events:
  • Leisure Rides
  • Women's Rides
  • Mid-paced Rides
  • RAGBRAI Training Rides
  • Learn more about RAGBRAI and QCBC’s charter service
  • Time Trials
  • TOMRV
  • Criterium
  • Safety tips
  • 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.

Two group rides will be held at the conclusion of the event
BEGINNER/LEISURE and MID-PACED RIDES AT 1:00
Helmets required!

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 14-18) activities.

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. Chat with old friends and make new friends!

For more information contact Deb and Dean “Bareback” Mathias at mathiasdebdean@peoplepc.com or by phone at Dean’s cell: 309-737-8429.
Submitted by: Dave Ring
City officials from Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline and Rock Island have been invited to discuss Bike Safety planning in their respective communities. Following each of the representative’s presentation a question and answer session will follow. In addition to the presentation by the city officials the new QCBC Ride with GPS program will be presented. The club’s Spring Meeting will be held upstairs at the Blue Cat Brew Pub located at 113 18th Street, Rock Island. The social hour will begin at 6:00 pm followed by a light meal and then the General Meeting. Questions about the General Meeting should be directed to Dave Ring at dlring52807@gmail.com.
Submitted by: Dave Ring
Beginning March 1st QCBC members will be able to register for free Premium services of Ride with GPS. In the next several months the club will be digitizing the current recommended bike routes located on our web site as well as adding new routes. In addition to posting our club routes in a digital format, Ride with GPS will afford individuals, Ride Coordinators, Ride Leaders as well as our Event Coordinators the ability to plan routes and to upload routes onto Smartphones and Garmin devices giving turn by turn directions either on line or off line. The March issue of Pedalwheeling will have additional information on registering and using RidewithGPS. Pre-register is now available at https://ridewithgps.com/organizations/2107-quad-cities-bike-club. “Click on” the button which says, “Sign into Club”. It will then ask you to register and once completed then our member manager will approve you for access to the QCBC RidewithGPS Web Site. For additional information contact Dave Ring at dlring52807@gmail.com.
Submitted by: Deb Mathias
“Middle Age Men In Lycra”. It is scheduled to show at Regal Theatre in Moline on Feb 21 at 6:30. Spread the word - TICKETS HAVE TO BE RESERVED IN ADVANCE.

We've sold enough tickets, but it's not too late to buy your tickets for the show.

Click now to reserve!
Submitted by: Mark Wyatt, Iowa Bicycle Coalition
Click to Take Action on Safe Passing
Senate File 450 is the safe passing bill that will require motorists to change lanes to pass bicyclists.

This bill also:
  • Recognizes paved shoulders and bike lanes as adjacent travel lanes.
  • Requires lights on bicyclists at night but strikes the reflector option.
  • Allows for a 72-hour fix-it ticket if cited for not having a light.
  • Allows vehicles to pass bikes in a no passing zone if no cars are approaching.

You can help. Senator Roby Smith (IA-47) is managing this bill and chairing the subcommittee. His district is eastern Davenport and Bettendorf.

TAKE ACTION NOW:
  • Write Sen. Smith an email in your own words.
  • Be polite and ask for his support on SF450.
  • Talk about your own experience being buzzed on the road by motorists that saw you.

THINGS TO SAY:
  • Change lanes to pass is easy for the public to follow.
  • Change lanes to pass is easy for driver education students to learn.
  • Change lanes to pass is easy for law enforcement to monitor.
  • More than half of states have a passing distance law and two states have adopted change lanes to pass.
  • Bike lights at night are a good addition to this bill.

A FEW TIPS:
  • Include your address in the first line.
  • Be VERY polite and thank them for their service.
  • You can edit the email to tell your own story.
Submitted by: Don Luth
Save the dates for 2018 Spring Tailwind Saturday May 5th and Fall Tailwind Saturday October 6th

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