Rochester Active Sports Club (RASC) is a nonprofit club based in Rochester Minnesota, designed to promote nordic skiing, mountain biking and road biking in SE Minnesota.
 

                              Recreational Cycling

What is the RASC Cycling Group?

watch the video below to find out !

North Broadway Reconstruction Project Open House - Thursday December 7th

A major reconstruction is planned for Broadway that could significantly impact the cycling infrastructure in Rochester and establish a precedent for other projects.  If you are a recreational cyclist or bike commuter, you need to show up for the 

Broadway Avenue Reconstruction Open House 

5-7 pm, December 7th, 2017 

at the 

Northrop Community Education Center (201 8th Street NW).  

That’s the former elementary school at Goose Egg Park.  The open house runs from 5 pm to 7 pm with a formal presentation planned for 5:30 pm. 

 

The reconstruction of Broadway from Civic Center Drive to 13th Street North is slated for 2019.  The recently formed Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee reviewed plans earlier this month.  It seems like preliminary plans emphasize innovative infrastructure to protect cyclists.  This is an opportunity to show support for the development of safe cycling infrastructure in a crowd that may question the need to spend money on that type of upgrade.

 

For more information about the project, please review the official release from the 

Rochester Public Works Department.

 

11.27.2017 N Broadway Reconstruction Project Open House.pdf




4th Street SW Reconstruction Project

Also on the horizon is the reconstruction of 4th Street SW from 1st Avenue to 6th Avenue.  https://rochester4thst.wpengine.com/

This project has been overshadowed by other projects, but could happen as soon as April 2018.  The City of Rochester has designated 4th Street SW as a bicycle route (Bicycle Master Plan).  The website states that a bicycle facility will be constructed as part of the reconstruction project.  


Unfortunately, safe cycling infrastructure could be sidelined by pressure to provide more on-street parking.  Please let your council members know that this street is an important east-west corridor for cyclists downtown.  Moreover, this street will front Discovery Square (a DMC flagship development).


The initial open house for this project was held on Oct 4th and a feasibility report is due in December. 



Trail Work - November

Reopening of Douglas Trail near Pine Island

 


The last section of the Douglas Trail (about 1 mile south of Pine Island, is now open again (not paved yet). The trail on either side of the new tunnel is packed gravel and suitable for bikes (not rollerskis!)



Mayowood Trail now fully repaired

The parts of the Mayowood trail that were damaged or washed out in a flood last Fall have now been repaired. All surfaces have been replaced with new blacktop. 


RASC Road Cycling Group 





The road cycling group held their kick-off meeting in March. For those interested in joining their group rides, check out the new links that have been added under the Road Biking page. These provide updates on ride schedule, bike advocacy groups, upcoming events calendar etc.


Bill Rogers

brogers882@aol.com








Here is a note from RASC member Brett Ostby:

Hello fellow RASC members!

I'm on the board of We Bike Rochester. We Bike Rochester leadership is recruiting new board members who want to be active in community organizing.  We are working to build a biking culture in Rochester that is inclusive to all abilities, ages, creeds, etc.

More info about We Bike Rochester is at the  website: http://www.webikerochester.com/
There is also a Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/webikerochester

No application is needed, just a statement of interest.  The board has existed for several years.  We Bike Rochester is now a chapter of BikeMN (http://www.bikemn.org/).  We are in the process of replacing leaders that have had to step away due to family and work responsibilities.

All interested applicants can email me at ptychobranchus@gmail.com

Thank You!

Brett Ostby



Minnesota’s (almost) new bike route will go from St. Paul to Canada



The Minnesota Department of Transportation is finalizing U.S. Bicycle Route 41, which will use existing roads and trails to create a bike-friendly path connecting St. Paul to Grand Portage. The route is 325-miles long – that would take the average cyclist more than 21 hours to bike the entire thing (as long as there aren’t any big hills to ride up). The route is officially designated as part of the U.S. Bicycle Route System. Here is a route map





New Minnesota county bicycle maps now available online


At the request of many bicyclists, the Minnesota Dept. of transportation has developed a series of county level bicycle maps. There are 125 maps with some counties split into more than one sheet. You can click on a county name to see trails, road conditions and more. Print the maps on 8.5x11 or 11x17 paper to take along to help navigate your trip.

Go to www.mndot.gov/bike/maps.html to scope them out.




Group Rides - 2017



Regular road rides go from Bamber Valley elementary School on Mondays and from Bicycle Sports on Wednesdays. Rides start at 6:00 pm and will cover a range of distances depending on ability. Check the RASC Bulletin Board for updates on any given day.





Bike Trails / Bike Lanes

The Post Bulletin ran an editorial today stating Rochester should make some shifts in their transportation priorities towards bicycling in an effort to help MN become the #1 Bike Friendly State.  At the end they are asking readers to submit their comments.

http://www.postbulletin.com/opinion/our-view-let-s-make-minnesota-the-most-bike-friendly/article_ac92bd4c-a192-5ed6-9d06-ba02f9b52eb3.html

Here's where we need you! Please consider writing a short letter to the editor with your reasons why you support bicycling in Rochester or why you ride or what you think this community can do to make it easier...ASAP


In the last two meetings with City Council members there have been very disparaging comments towards bike infrastructure in this community. This is a great way to show public support for a much needed multi-modal shift to allow for affordable transportation options.


Please forward this email to those who may be interested. 


‚ÄčYour Turn: Should Rochester expand bike lanes or bike trails?

For years, Rochester officials have debated the priority of expanding bicycle lanes vs. expanding bicycle and pedestrian trails.


What's your take? What's the most prudent way to encourage bicycling in Rochester?

Send your comments to letters@postbulletin.com. Limit your remarks to 200 words, and include the author's name and city of residence. They will publish these comments on the Opinions page, but anonymous remarks will not be published.



                      


Rochester Police Department Free Bike Registration
The Rochester Police Department has started a new program: 
Free Bicycle Registrations 
The Rochester Police Department has noticed a spike in bicycle thefts (thefts) and bicycle recoveries (property) on the Crime E-Alerts lately and is now offering a free bicycle registration. It will make it easier for everyone to get their stolen/lost bicycles back as their bicycle serial numbers will be registered with the police department. When reporting a lost/stole bicycle the owner will tell the officer it is registered with the crime prevention specialist in the Investigation Unit
 
Here is how to register 
Go to coptalklive.com and on the home page scroll down to "BICYCLE REGISTRATION" click on "read more" and after filling out the form just click on "register now".   It will only take a couple of minutes.
Please note:
Only forms with -- serial numbers -- will be accepted as this is how stolen/lost bicycles are cataloged.

                                                                                   


                                              

DOG 
ALERT ! 

Map of the locations of dogs who chase bikes !!!




New Google Group for Road Biking




Click icon below to go to the old RASC General Bulletin Board





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