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Katy Trail-MJA

April 2017 President’s Message


Dear Fellow Members and Friends,

A couple of weeks ago our NFBC family was relieved to hear that two of our members, Fred Eversole and Len Burroughs, survived a potentially tragic encounter with a car. Both are recovering well, but they face months of rehabilitation following surgery. It was less than a year ago that Wayne Ezell died after being struck by a car while riding the first day of RAGBRAI. These are three careful, experienced cyclists. 


As an organization and individuals, we need to continue to do all we can to make cycling safer. Several of our club members and allies in Clay County are addressing with the County and FDOT the safety of the trail crossing where Len and Fred were injured. Club members continue to address issues in the other counties of our region as well. Pedaling for Safety will release a radio spot during Bike Month in May and will continue to the billboard campaign around our region.


Tour de Forts ClassicSM registrations are picking up as well as the pace of planning. We have the rest stops mostly covered already but we could still use more volunteers. We need help with parking on Sunday morning before the ride, registration on Saturday and Sunday, and help cleaning up after the ride and reloading the truck. Many positions will still allow you to do the ride. Also, please try to solicit family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to help. Click here to see a list of volunteer slots. Contact Jodi Hohlstein at for more information.


We hope many of you will come out to package pick-up from 1-4 PM on Saturday afternoon April 29th at the Parlor Room which is right next to DOS and is just five minutes from St. Augustine High School. DOS is a coffee and wine bar offering lite fare.  There is also a food truck parked just outside of DOS for more substantial food. Stay tuned for announcements of activities at the Parlor room on Saturday afternoon. If you are not familiar with St. Augustine, it will be a great opportunity to park at the Parlor Room and walk or bike around the City.


If you haven’t registered yet for Tour de Forts Classic, do so by April 12th to insure receipt of a T-shirt newly designed by Sarah Cox. Click here for links to member and non-member registration. For members, retrieve your $10 Promo Code before registering for the ride.


For the last several years, we have had the opportunity to order helmets for free from the FDOT-sponsored PedBike Resource Center to give away at safety fairs, bike rodeos etc. If you know of any organizations we can partner with to distribute helmets, please contact me to see if we can assist them.


Please email me at with your thoughts.


Ride smart and ride safe.


Hoping to see you on the road,