Dear Fellow Members and Friends,
Only 6 weeks to go to the Endless Summer Watermelon RideSM! Registrations are running ahead of last year and Jade Stanley, our Event Director, is busy planning and coordinating the efforts of our many volunteers. She has designed a new logo for the T-shirt which was announced last week on Facebook. Jade has secured a 20% discount on Saturday night at Peppers Mexican Grill & Cantina on food and beverages upon presentation of a coupon provided in the swag bag at packet pick-up. Register before August 27th to reserve your T-shirt at registerESWR.com. Follow the links to get your member Promo Code for a $10 discount on registration.
We are still in need of more volunteers, particularly a rest stop coordinator, a few rest stop volunteers, two additional truck drivers and assistants and an equipment manager. Some positions will allow you to still do the ride such as equipment manager who is responsible for organizing the rest stop bins, tents, etc. at our storage locker in Jacksonville in the weeks before the ride. Click here to view the volunteer openings and to sign up or contact Jodi Hohlstein at VP@nfbc.us.
I am pleased to report receipt of a $5000 grant from the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau to market the Endless Summer Watermelon Ride. In addition to blast emails to our database of cyclists who have attended our prior events, we are trying some new things. We created a video to promote the ride as well as Amelia Island as a getaway destination. With the grant, we will be able to advertise the ride more widely in the southeast utilizing both Facebook and ads that are displayed when you view content on the Internet. Our grant application to Saint Johns County Tourist Development Council for the Tour de Forts ClassicSM is still pending. We are hopeful we will receive funding from them as well.
The LCDR Jim Warmowski Pedaling for Safety Memorial Ride, a 15-year tradition of the Club, was attended by about 35 riders. While I am disappointed that we did not have more members there, the event confirmed our commitment to promoting cycling safety and remembrance of those who have been killed or injured while cycling. On our ride from Fleming Island to Green Cove Springs, we rode by a Pedaling for Safety billboard on US17. Pictures from the ride can be found on our Facebook page and the Photo Album. In addition, we submitted the ride for listing on the Ride of Silence website. I also want to thank Velofix for providing SAG support for the ride.
While the memorial ceremony at LCDR. Warmowski’s ghost bike and marker on US17 was conducted respectfully and without hitch, the same cannot be said for the ride to Green Cove Springs. As usual, we rode in a silent, double paceline in the right lane south on US17 without incident until we were waived off the road by an off-duty Clay County Sheriff’s officer who was directing traffic at a church on US17. He told us we could not ride in a double paceline and that we were impeding traffic, even though US17 is three lanes there and cars readily moved over to pass us. After a brief discussion with the officer about Florida bicycle law, we proceeded south as he instructed in a single line. We believe we were in compliance with Florida Statute, 316.2065. Jeff Hohlstein wrote to the Clay County Sheriff outlining our position. We have an appointment with the Chief of the Special Operations Division later this week.
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Ride smart and ride safe.
Hoping to see you on the road,