This spring, the City of Rochester will begin the first phase of a bike share program, operated by industry veteran Zagster and funded entirely by corporate sponsorships and private donations.
Reconnect Rochester has launched a fundraising campaign to bring bike-share stations to an area of the city that is unlikely to draw corporate sponsors (the bright green area on the map to the left; click on the map to enlarge).
RCB has pledged to match donations to Reconnect Rochester’s campaign, dollar-for-dollar, up to $4,500. Please consider donating generously to benefit an area of the city greatly in need. $4.500 in donations, matched by a like amount from RCB, will be enough to fund one $9,000 station.
To make a donation, follow this link and click on the big orange “Donate” button. To activate RCB’s match, be sure to select “R COMMUNITY BIKES!!!” under the “Select a Team” dropdown menu on the next page (see image below). Select either Dan Lill or Brent Williams on the “Select a Team Member” dropdown.
On Monday, August 29 at 6 pm, Karen Lankeshofer will join host Jon Wallace on WAYO 104.3 FM to discuss the Women’s Safe Cycling Summit. Karen, an RCB volunteer and Rochester Cycling Alliance board member, organized the summit, which has as its goal “develop[ing] strategies which will encourage women to cycle more confidently.” See the Alliance’s webpage or Facebook for further details on the summit.
If you’re outside of WAYO’s broadcast area, click this link for streaming options.
RCB will be participating in the Western New York Bike Festival, June 4 and 5. Brent Williams, who is coordinating our efforts, is looking for volunteers. Brent writes:
We’ll have our trailer on-site to pick up donated bikes, as well as an informational table where we can educate festival attendees about our organization. Do you have some time to man this table and hand out literature? We’re looking for help on both days.
Also, there are a total of 4 clinics that could be led by someone with our group’s skills. The following 2 clinics will be held on each of the 2 days: “Flat Tire Repair” and “Basic Mechanical Skills”. Clinics will be held under a tent where presenters will speak from a small stage and listeners will be able to sit in folding chairs. Clinics are only 30 minutes in length. Would you like to lead one?
If you’d like to help out at the RCB information table, as a clinic leader, or at the festival at large, please contact RCB’s representative on the WNYBF planning committee, Brent Williams, at BWilliams26@rochester.rr.com. All volunteers will be allowed into the event for free on the day of their service, and there will be a volunteer party in the weeks soon after the Festival.
On Friday, we donated 22 bikes to the Monroe County Library. In August, the bikes will be given away at the Rundel Library and at 11 other branches in connection with the Rochester Twilight Criterium, which we’re glad to see come back to the city after a long hiatus.