Passing Flock of Cycles on instead of disbanding

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Anonymous #

Yep, sounds like we’re all on the same page. Flock doing one ride a month seems more likely to keep Flock ridership high and allow Flock to put more energy and effort into each ride to make it awesome, basically like bikeygirl said, but of course more people riding bikes on more days is never a bad thing!


bikeygirl
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Also, PLEASE NOTE that only The (3)Board Positions are Title-Positions; with NickD, pearmask and myself will only be assisting the Board at Meetings and Events.


Pierce
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@stefb

“i would be happy if we just started to have a waiver-free pittsburgh bike party on other friday nights.”

I think we’re all for more bike parties.

I think the purpose of these Flock rides is to foster an environment where people who have never ridden on the street can do so safely and around riders who are a lot more experienced.

Afterwards, novice and experienced cyclist can all mingle and hangout at the party.

“they would be rides similar to how flock was before it became a nonprofit.”

As far as I can tell, the rides should be pretty similar. I remember Nick focusing on new cyclists with the party rides, and I think the rides will continue in that spirit.

The nonprofit thing doesn’t seem to make much of a difference. We’re a group of people getting together to foster a supportive environment for new cyclists by old cyclists in a slightly structured way.


Anonymous #

^Very well said. Bike parties = awesome. But Flock’s outreach and organizational efforts can make things seem structured and welcoming and accessible to all levels, which makes a big difference for people who are really new at this and are easily intimidated, or people who would go if their friend invited them but who would never check this message board for discussion of something like the recent Dino-rides, or people who only ride occasionally and won’t go weekly but will go if it’s a bigger and less frequent event and therefore seems like more of a special thing, or whatever. Both have an important place in Pittsburgh (and I’ll gladly attend both!)


Anonymous #

Sorry, I have been stalking this thread for a few weeks waiting to see what happens. I have been looking for an organized ride for all of the reasons stated. I am a beginner, and am easily intimidated by road riding. My wife and I participated in an organized poker run on the GAP last year and loved it, this seems like the logical next progression. Hopefully I can make it to a ride this summer.


Anonymous #

Yay! I hope you can make it to a ride this summer, TonyP!

(I just had to confer with Google to find out what a poker run was… that sounds fun!)


pinky
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How do people get to Dippy from downtown? I’ve been wanting to come to a ride, but I don’t know how to get over there without using scary roads. I would have to come straight from work to be there by 6.

Thoughts on routes, anyone?


edmonds59
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Eliza Furnace trail, Junction Hollow, Joncaire, S. Bouquet, something (the something is Schenley Drive, to the Carnegie. I should have looked it up in the first place, but it’s like 1,000 feet to Dippy), Dippy. Piece o cake.


pinky
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Except for the “something.” You’re talking to someone who can navigate north, south, and west. East is a scary gray blob on my mental map.


Pseudacris
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^ what he said.

finding the connections between the jail trail & junction hollow trails can be a bit weird the first time.

and definitely take the sidewalk up joncaire.

a bit of a climb at the end, but mostly a car- free route.


pinky
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OK I will try it – probably sometime when I’m not trying to be somewhere on time. Then when I’m trying to get to Dippy by 6, it’ll really happen.

I’m really hoping to fill in the gray blob.


Pseudacris
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^ I will post a map later today if someone else doesnt beat me to it.


Anonymous #

stefb should me the way through CMU garage — http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1342796


pinky
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Yay map – thanks Mikhail!


edmonds59
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If I am able to go we can set up a little meetup on the town end @ 5:30 or wh/evs and ride out. Remind closer to.


pinky
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That’s a great idea – thanks for the offer. Hopefully my schedule will work out for once.


StuInMcCandless
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edmonds59 & I are in adjacent buildings & my ride is usually tied up in front of City-County Building, so a Jail Trail threesome (at least) would work for me. A pre-ride ride, so to speak.

Edit: If you look closely at the map in Mikhail’s link just above, you will see a tiny thin line running north from near the Joncaire/Boundary intersection. That is a 104-step staircase. Using that guarantees that you won’t encounter any car traffic. Comes up right behind the Frick Fine Arts Bldg. Go to the left of that and you’ll be in sight of Dippy.


edmonds59
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pinky, by chance have you met a woman in Crafton named Janine (sp?) Z. I think? I’ve run into her riding in a couple of times.


pinky
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Nope, but does she usually wear a high-vis jacket or shirt, and have panniers on her bike? If so I’ve seen her a bunch, but mostly on Steuben where I prefer Noblestown. Speaking of, what’s with all of the vegetation debris on Noblestown this week?


edmonds59
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Yes, high viz, works for the county, very nice.

Noblestown, I rode up through there Sunday, I think there was a very heavy localized downpour right before I went through that washed out a lot of stuff. I just hit a sprinkle.


Pseudacris
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Slight variation on what Mikhail posted.

This version takes you up Joncaire (to the backside of Iron City Bikes). The red X is Dippy. Staying on Schenley Drive will eventually get you to Squirrel Hill.

I recommend a strong light for Junction Hollow at night. Especially of you have ancient eyeballs.


stefb
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Also, during rush hour I take the tracks from the parking lot at the end of the jail trail rather than waiting to make a left onto 2nd ave or go around the blind turns in the chute.


helen s
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I always take the chute going to Schenley- and do not understand why anyone would take it going the other way, unless traffic is backed up all the way up Greenfield.

I still want to bring a shovel to clean off the trail really well from those who knock the rocks down across the trail and into the road.


StuInMcCandless
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Small world. I worked with Jeaneen Z a few years ago. She lives somewhere in Crafton. She’s in on the Endomondo calculator rankings somewhere, so takes her biking seriously.


Anonymous #

@ pearmask – Thanks, I hope I can make it too!

The West Newton Trail has a great poker run on Labor Day every year. Really easy 12 mile ride on the GAP. West Newton Bike Shop to Smithton Beach and back.

If the ride ends at Dippy, everyone should stop over to The Porch for a refreshment of their choice. Its a great new restaurant in Schenley Plaza….


HiddenVariable
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a slightly more direct route would take up you bates street from the trail. however: the connection to bates, since they redid the bridge, is kind of shitty. and you will almost certainly want to take the sidewalk on the way up.

also, i rather like going up swinburne on occasion, just for variety’s sake.


boostuv
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Any chance of Midnight rides? I either have work or open water swims with the Pittsburgh Tri Club at 6 on Fridays so I wont be able to make any Flocks.


mr marvelous
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As of now there are no midnight flock rides. We will see what the future holds.


Anonymous #

I got a set of these lights for my birthday, and they are sort of impractical for everyday use but also really awesome, so I’m certainly hoping we can schedule some midnight Flocks in the future so I can play with them


rzod
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I never made it to a Midnight Flock, but Flock at Night (9pm?) was fun and I’d like to see that return someday.

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