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January 25, 2012

Midwest Bicycle Expo and Swap Meet

Filed under: bicycling,Illinois,Missouri — Tags: , — Roger @ 1:40 pm

Looking for a bicycle, bicycle parts or opportunities to get involved in bicycling?

Trailnet is presenting the annual Midwest Bicycle Expo and Swap Meet on Sunday, Jan. 29. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gateway Convention Center at 1 Gateway Drive in Collinsville, Ill. (The Gateway Center is northwest of the intersection of Interstate 55-70 and Illinois Route 157.)

The expo features a classic bike show and a bike corral where people can buy and sell bicycles. The event also features booths from bike shops and organizations.

Once again, the St. Louis Cycling Club/Belleville Area Bicycling and Eating Society will have a booth at the show. You’ll be able to join us for sign up for the 15th annual Tour de Stooges at our booth.

I’ll be there later in the day, and I look forward to seeing my friends in the bicycle community!

BICYCLE DREAMS: If you’re looking for something to do Thursday night, Big Shark and Trailnet is presenting “Bicycle Dreams,” Stephen Auerbach’s documentary film about the 2005 Race Across America.

The screening will be at 7:00 p.m. at The Moolah Theatre, 3821 Lindell Blvd in St. Louis. If you act quickly, you can still get tickets online for $11; otherwise, it’s $15 at the door. Proceeds from the event will benefit Trailnet.

I reviewed “Bicycle Dreams” two years ago. It focuses on the drama of RAAM, an ultramarathon races across the country and Dr. Bob Breedlove, who died when he was struck head-on by a pickup truck near Trinidad, Colo., during the race.


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June 10, 2011

Ridin’ The Mother Road

Filed under: bicycle rides,Illinois — Tags: , — Roger @ 11:01 am

For the fourth consecutive year, I’m skipping the St. Louis World Naked Bike Ride. I have to work Saturday night and besides, I’m not comfortable enough with my body image to do this ride.

Instead, I’m going to Trailnet’s Bicycle Fun Club’s Get Your Kicks on Route 66 Bicycle Ride in Edwardsville, Ill.

Registration is from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Cassens Transport Co., 145 N. Kansas St. in downtown Edwardsville. Routes of 9, 25, 38 and 69 miles will be available. After the ride, cyclists can take part in Edwardsville’s annual Route 66 Festival in nearby City Park.

For those of you doing the longer routes, there a good chance you’ll see folks from the Staunton, Ill.-based ITS Trail Committee picking up litter along the Madison County Transit Quercus Grove Trail. As part of the group’s Second Saturday Ride, participants will clean the trail.

That group’s ride begins at 9 a.m. at Duda Gardens on North Union Street in Staunton and ride down the trail to Worden or Hamel.

“We have a valuable asset in the Quercus Grove Trail, which is enjoyed by many walkers and riders every day and we encourage everyone to take advantage of it.,” ITS Trail Committee Executive Director Jarid Ott said in a recent email. “While the goal of the ITS Trail Committee was to extend the trail from Staunton to Benld, that effort has encountered some obstacles, and is at a bit of a standstill.  However, the committee continues to support bike and health related activities including the Tour de Donut, Tour de Coal, Get Healthier Macoupin activities and sponsors the annual Bike Safety Clinic.”


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May 19, 2011

More from the St. Louis scene

Filed under: bicycling,Illinois,Missouri,trails — Tags: , , — Roger @ 12:20 am

Here are some more tidbits from the St. Louis cycling scene:

National Bike to Work Day: Friday is National Bike to Work Day, and Trailnet is marking the occasion with its annual free continental breakfast for bike commuters. Here are the locations:

  • Creve Coeur: 12166 Conway Road
  • Delmar Loop: 6133 Delmar Blvd.
  • Missouri History Museum: 5700 Lindell Blvd.
  • Missouri Botanical Gardens: 4344 Shaw Blvd.
  • Central West End: West Pine at Euclid
  • Downtown St. Louis: 1011 Locust St.
  • Downtown Clayton: 7711 Bonhomme Ave.
  • Children’s Hospital: 1 Children’s Place
  • DeMun: 700 DeMun Ave.

There are no “refueling stations” on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.

As an added bonus, on National Bike to Work Day, commuters can use the new Downtown Bicycle Station (1011 Locust Street) for free from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

MCT Confluence Trail: The connection of Madison County Transit’s Confluence Trail is finally complete in the Granite City, Ill.,  area. Cyclists heading north from the McKinley Bridge bike lane can take a trail from the bridge to the Charles Melvin Price Support Center (formerly called the Granite City Army Depot), ride on roads through the centerm then continue on the trail from Granite City to the Old Chain of Rock Bridge or toward Alton.

MCT also has upgraded its trails website. It now includes a map of the Quercus Grove Trail from Edwardsville to its northern trailhead in Staunton.

Liveable St. Louis Conference: Trailnet will have its Liveable St. Louis Conference on Friday, June 3, at the Eric P. Newman Education Center at Washington University in St. Louis.

The goal of the conference is “reconnecting urban planning, public policy and public health to create vibrant communities that provide the highest quality of life for residents, from cradle to cane.” Roger Geller, the bicycle coordinator in Portland, Ore., will be one of the speakers, and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former Illinois congressman, has been invited to speak.

The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the cost of the event is $45 for the general public and $35 for Trailnet members and students.





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January 28, 2011

Don’t forget about the Midwest Bicycle Expo

Filed under: bicycling,Illinois,Missouri — Tags: — Roger @ 2:47 am

Just a quick reminder that the 2011 Midwest Bicycle Expo and Swap Meet is this Sunday at the Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Drive in Collinsville, Ill.

Trailnet and St. Louis BicycleWORKS are putting on this year’s show. The expo was the major event of the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation, and Trailnet agreed to continue the show when it took over the STLBikeFed recently.

The video below from KPLR-TV, Channel 11, in St. Louis includes some of the vintage bicycles that will be on display at the show, as well as an interview with Trailnet Executive Director Ann Mack.

Many organizations and businesses will have booths, and you can try to sell your old bikes and bike components at the expo. In addition, there will be indoor trainer races and panel discussions.

Don’t forget to bring your old tires and tubes for recycling and a chance to win a great prize from REI! You can read more about the show at Trailnet’s website.

Hope to see you there! Now here’s the video:

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January 8, 2011

Midwest Bicycle Expo and Swap Meet

Filed under: bicycling,Illinois,Missouri — Tags: — Roger @ 9:40 am

Here’s some advance publicity for this year’s 2011 Midwest Bicycle Expo and Swap Meet, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 at the Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Drive in Collinsville, Ill.

In the past, the show was put on by the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation. But since the STLBikeFed was taken over by Trailnet late last year, this year’s show will be presented by Trailnet and St. Louis BicycleWORKS. Here’s a bit more information from a press release I received:

Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you can’t get your bike fix. The 2011 Midwest Bicycle Expo and Swap Meet is your chance to revel in all things bicycle.

The $5 entry fee gives you access to bike shops, nonprofits, individuals and other bicycle-related businesses, each featuring a unique display of products and information. The Expo is your chance to catch a sneak peak of next season’s bicycle goodies, search for that hard-to-find bike part, or find a great deal on your next bike. The Expo will also feature a silent auction and the popular bike corral.

An Antique Bike Show will also be taking place at Gateway Center. For a $5 admission fee (and $5 each show entry) you can display your classic bicycle and compete for trophies in several categories.

The 2011 ride season is right around the corner – the 2011 Midwest Bicycle Expo & Swap Meet is the best way to prepare. Don’t miss out.

For more information, contact Trailnet at 314-416-9930, ext. 107.

I hope to see you there! I will be at the St. Louis Cycling Club/Belleville Area Bicycling and Eating Society booth. We’ll be promoting the group as well as this year’s Tour de Stooges, which becomes the major fundraiser for our group in 2011.

Registration for the 14th annual Tour de Stooges, which will be Saturday, May 7, in Highland, Ill., will open later this month.

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November 15, 2010

STLBikeFed-Trailnet merger one step closer

The merger of the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation and Trailnet came one step closer to reality Sunday when the STLBikeFed approved the merger during its annual general membership meeting.

STLBikeFed and Trailnet expect the merger to be finalized by Dec. 31, and Kit Jenkins, the president of the STLBikeFed board, said the merger could be done in as soon as two weeks.

Trailnet Executive Director Ann Mack said the merger will “increase our voice” in bicycle advocacy issues in the St. Louis area, in both Missouri and Illinois. Trailnet is a nonprofit organization that promotes healthy living in the region

STLBikeFed pursued the merger because it lacks the money to carry out its programs or the pay the salary of an executive director. Trailnet has agreed to assume the liabilities and assets of STLBikeFed.

So how does the merger affect St. Louis-area cyclists?

Midwest Bicycle Expo & Swap Meet: STLBikeFed already had started making arrangements for the 2011 show at the Gateway Center in Collinsville, Ill., and Trailnet will take over the show. St. Louis-based BicycleWORKS will join Trailnet in running the expo.

Bicycle racks: Trailnet will take over the program STLBikeFed had created to install bicycle racks in St. Louis. In 2007, STLBikeFed had picked a design that mimics St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch.

Hit-and-run reward: Last year, STLBikeFed created a reward fund to encourage people to provide information about at hit-and-run accident in downtown St. Louis. The money wasn’t given out, and Trailnet will use the $1,500 collected for a similar program.

Membership: STLBikeFed members will become Trailnet members. Details about the membership transfer will be determined later.

Trailnet’s John Cameron is putting together an advisory committee of bicycle advocates from Illinois and Missouri to help Trailnet develop goals for the region.

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November 3, 2010

More on STLBikeFed-Trailnet merger

Filed under: Illinois,Missouri — Tags: , , — Roger @ 1:57 pm

Last month, the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation board voted to pursue negotiations for Trailnet to take over the advocacy and programming roles of the STLBikeFed.

As a result of that vote, STLBikeFed will bring up the issue at its annual General Membership Meeting. The meeting will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Webster University Emerson Library, 101 Edgar Road in Webster Groves, Mo.

Here’s what STLBikeFed had to say about the proposed merger:

A resolution has been drafted for the Plan of Merger.  Trailnet has agreed to assume responsibility for any indebtedness that remains upon execution of the merger.  Members in good standing will be eligible to become members of Trailnet for one (1) year with all rights and privileges.  At this time, Trailnet intends to hold the Midwest Bicycle Exposition and Swap Meet as planned for January 2011 in Collinsville, Illinois, hopefully in collaboration with another St. Louis organization(s).  The Bike Rack Project will also be continued by Trailnet in partnership with the Missouri Department of Transportation.

As mentioned in a post here last month, the STLBikeFed simply doesn’t have the money to continue its operations. The STLBikeFed no longer could afford an executive director, and it’s struggling to pay for its other programs. It also doesn’t have enough board members who are able to take on the many roles needed to raise money for the organization and run programs.

It would behoove members, whether or not you support the merger, to attend the Nov. 14 meeting.

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October 11, 2010

Is downtown St. Louis becoming Bike Central?

Filed under: bicycling,Missouri — Tags: , , — Roger @ 1:28 pm

The pieces are falling into place for the 411 Building in downtown St. Louis to become the region’s hub for bicycling.

Last month, the city announced the building at 10th and Locust streets will be the home of the Downtown Bike Station, a 1,450-square -foot facility offering secure 24-hour access and featuring more than 100 bike racks, showers and locker rooms.

Word recently filtered out that  the Downtown Bicycle Station will be next to a new 3,50-square-foot Urban Shark bike shop that will offer bike equipment, repairs and bike rentals. Urban Shark will be Big Shark Bicycle Co’s second bike shop in the city of St. Louis, the other being in the Delmar Loop.

Today, Trailnet announced that it will be relocating its 20 employees to the 411 Building and will occupy approximately 4,500 square feet of space. Trailnet is a nonprofit agency that promotes walking and bicycling. Trailnet is best known for its well-attended group rides, and its likely acquisition of the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation will solidify its spot as the dominant bicycling organization in St. Louis.

“We are thrilled about the increased number of cyclists in the area and the role our work has played in making the region more bicycle and pedestrian friendly,” Trailnet Executive Director Ann Mack said in a press release. “The synergies of this partnership will place St. Louis among those cities recognized for a commitment to healthier transportation choices.”

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay appears excited about the Downtown Bicycle Station.

“St. Louis is a bike friendly city,” Slay said in the press rel;ease. ” We’re pretty much flat, which is great for the bike lanes we have been painting on our roads. And we have some big parks, which is good for the bike trails we have been building. The new Downtown Bicycle Station will be a great new amenity, serving both bike commuters and the people who sit next to them.”

The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis is serving as the catalyst for the Downtown Bike Station. Money from the city and U.S. Department of Energy is making the station a reality.

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October 8, 2010

STLBikeFed pursues Trailnet merger

Filed under: Illinois,Missouri — Tags: , , , — Roger @ 2:53 am

The wheels have been set in motion for a major change in the St. Louis-area bicycle advocacy scene.

The board of the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation voted Wednesday evening to pursue negotiations with Trailnet to take over the advocacy and programming roles of STLBikeFed.

The reason? Money.

The STLBikeFed simply doesn’t have the money to continue its operations. The STLBikeFed no longer could afford an executive director, and it’s struggling to pay for its other programs. It also doesn’t have enough board members who are able to take on the many roles needed to raise money for the organization and run programs.

In essence, the merger actually would be more of a takeover.

The board looked at two options, combining with the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation, the state’s primary bicycle advocacy group,  or combining with Trailnet, the largest St. Louis-area group that puts on organized rides.

MoBikeFed is in the process of developing a satellite branch in the Kansas City area, and STLBikeFed was considering a similar arrangement in the St. Louis area. But STLBikeFed board members were concerned about their ability to carry on the day-to-day operations of a satellite branch.

The Trailnet merger made the most sense for most board members. Regardless of the decision STLBikeFed made, Trailnet was planning to increase its bicycle advocacy activities. According to STLBikeFed Treasurer Rachel Witt, Trailnet Executive Director Ann Mack says that organization would be willing to continue STLBikeFed’s programs, including the annual Midwest Bicycle Expo and Swap Meet.

The board voted 6-2 to pursue the merger with Trailnet, with two abstentions. The board hopes to complete the merger by the end of the year.

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June 10, 2010

Big bicycling weekend in St. Louis

Filed under: bicycle rides,racing — Tags: , — Roger @ 1:09 pm

If you like biking in the city of St. Louis, this is your weekend.

The Tour de Grove should be the highlight of the weekend, the two-day event opens Saturday morning with the Midtown Alley Grand Prix  on Locust and Washington north of the St. Louis University campus and concludes Sunday with the Tour de Grove, one of only 27 events on USA Cycling’s National Racing Calendar.

On Saturday night, Tour de Grove activities include the Street Sprints and the Drag Races. The action begins at 7 p.m. off Vandeventer Avenue. If you’re wondering what the Drag Races are about, here’s a clue:

“We’re inviting the areas fastest Celebrity Queens, Drag Queens, Drag Kings, Leather Bears and Otters  to compete in a head to head to head bike race. …  Winners receive prizes, money and glory that will last forever”

Kolors Salon will provide primping from 8 until 10 p.m., when the Drag Races begin.

On Sunday, the Tour de Grove begins with a 5K run at 7:30 a.m., and amateur bike racing begins at 8 a.m. The women’s pro race is slated for 1 p.m., and the men’s pro race will be at 3 p.m. Missouri native Brad Huff and his Jelly Belly Cycling teammates will be competing in the men’s pro race.

With the cancellation of the Tour of Missouri, this will be the best bike race in the Show-Me State this year.

For those of who who want to ride bikes, there are two options for you Sunday. The second of the Open Streets 2010 series is scheduled for 8 a.n. to 1 p.m. between Forest Park and downtown St. Louis. The streets will be closed to motorized vehicles.

For those who want to see more of the city, Trailnet will be putting on its Bike St. Louis City Tour. The routes of 21, 27 and 34 miles visits some of the city’s distinctive neighborhoods and includes a stop at the O’Fallon Park velodrome, where cyclists are invited to take a spin.

Also Saturday and Sunday, the ARTCRANK Poster Show takes place at the Atomic Cowboy bar, 4140 Manchester Road in St. Louis. The show features bike-inspired posters by 35 local artists and is close to Tour de Grove activities.

Have fun in the city this weekend!

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