out the Ranney-Crawford house for your foliage trip
There are many good places to stay in Windham County,
but special mention for cyclists goes to our friends the Glim
family at the Ranney-Crawford House in Westminster. Arnie
has been an avid rider for more than the twenty years we've
known him, and has mapped out dozens of rides you can do around
the county. Not one to be stingy, Arnie has generously published
several of his cue sheets on his web site for your use.
Ranney-Crawford House is very well appointed and you can see
that from the photos of their rooms. Should you decide to
make this your base and explore the Vermont foliage through
Arnie's rides, you could do a different one every day for
a week and you'd have to keep coming back for years before
you'd ridden them all. Check it out at
Century Ride A Success
Cyclists do Brattleboro proud. We were too late to
the start of the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Ride of the
Century to be able to register, so we rolled out our super
trailer-bike rig and joined in from Main Street. It was really
encouraging to see well over a hundred riders tackle the 100K
route, and also to see a bunch of other families with kids
doing the covered bridge ride.
organization was very good, from the pavement markings to
the aid station munchies. We especially appreciated the friendly
volunteers who made sure we had water and munchies aplenty
and who were already talking about next year! Congrats
and thanks are due all around.
ride was not put together to raise money for a worthy cause.
It was a remarkable, all volunteer effort in the spirit of
our famous Winter Carnival, just because our community deserves
a good time doing something healthy. Just the kind of thing
Your Car Week 2004
It's time to be counted! Keep track of the times you
choose not to use a car this week and report your non-car
trips to Windham Regional Commission on Saturday, June 12.
It's important that Windham County take notice of people riding
bikes and walking during this week. It doesn't matter whether
you routinely do these trips by car or not, and it doesn't
matter whether you commute to work by bike or not.
more information, to get a trip log to help keep track of
your trips, or to report your summary at the end of the week,
Regional Commission, http://www.rpc.windham.vt.us/bikeped
Your Old Bike Stuff To Ghana!
We are happy to report the good people at St. Michael's
Episcopal Church are collecting old bicycles for shipment
to Ghana. Following the advice and direction of the Bikes
Not Bombs people in Cambridge, these bikes will be used to
set up a mechanics' training facility in Ghana. In other words,
they will be happy to accept all kinds of stuff that we affluent
Americans consider obsolete and not worth fixing (but still
fixableplease no trash bikes!)
your calendar: The drop-off days are October 11, 18, and 25,
and November 1 and 8. Volunteers will be on hand from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. on those dates at St. Michael's Episcopal Church
to accept your donation.
Church is located on Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave., by the Common.
Transportation Center To Incorporate Bike Parking
How often do we have good
news to report about the world of cars? Well, here's some
very good news: the Brattleboro Transportation Center will
have bike parking on both the Elliot Street and Flat Street
levels. The Flat St. rack will be just inside the ramp entrance;
we're not sure where the Elliot St. rack will be, but we've
been assured there will be one convenient to the street.
important is this? It shows that people in charge of getting
things done around here have bikes on there radar screen.
It also shows they are listening to us, since we proposed
this at the outset of the project.
like to think of a couple or a family cruising from somewhere
along Western Ave. (say, Highlawn or West St.) down Williams
St., parking a thousand dollars worth of bikes in the rack,
and going out to grab dinner and a movie. The bikes will be
well lit, under cover, with video surveillance, and right
across the pedestrian bridge from the Coop and the Latchis.
You'd never do that before now, would you?
what we call progress!