Meeting Summary, February 9, 2016, NZTC
Attending: Hultgren, Palmer, Waldburger, Yakovleff, McCarthy, Gosselin, Goodrich (Mansfield’s Transportation Coordinator)
The meeting was begun shortly after 6:30 PM in the now available bike space lobby in the Transportation Center (which, thanks to Dee Goodrich and the Downtown Partnership, now has tables and folding chairs for such events).
The regular monthly meeting schedule, now the 2nd Tuesday of each month, was changed to try to avoid meeting conflicts of at least two usual participants. The new schedule will have the meetings on the 2nd Wednesday to see if that lessens the scheduling conflicts. (Next meeting will be March 9th.)
Hultgren circulated copies of bylaws for Bike Mansfield that he had drafted using the BikeWalkCT bylaws as a template, changing a few things to make them more applicable to Bike Mansfield. He will email this draft to the seven to 10 people in Bike Mansfield that have been attending the meetings with some regularity for their review and suggestions. He said that once the bylaws are reviewed and ready to be enacted, the filing fees for the non-profit application forms ($200) will needed. Some suggestions as to how to raise this $200 were discussed, but nothing will be set until the bylaws are ready.
Hultgren also reported on the kick-off meeting for the Town’s bicycle and pedestrian master planning effort held last week in this same meeting room. He said that there were 17 people at this meeting and several suggestions for the plan were given. Also, Town staff said they could help with some of the maps needed for the plan. After Hultgren has time to write up the meeting notes, he will begin contacting people to help write sections of the plan.
Gosselin’s flyer describing the upcoming spring bicycle workshops (April 20, 27 and May 4) was circulated. Two full-length bicycle movies are planned as well as a bike touring workshop led by Waldburger. Anyone wanting this flyer electronically should contact Hultgren or Gosselin. (Bike Mansfield will bring popcorn and beverages to the two movie nights (April 20 and May 4), so some help in setting this up will be needed.)
2016 activities that Bike Mansfield will participate in or support were discussed. The bike/pedestrian master planning process is underway; the spring bicycle workshops are set, but the deadline for summer workshops (for the MCC brochure) will be coming soon; a Bike Mansfield presence at the Town’s September Festival (Sept 18th), with some bike trainers or other on-seat activities; the June 18th Tour de Mansfield; National Bike Week/Month activities (May and May 16-20); and the Hollow to Hollow project proposed by Yakovleff. People are needed to help coordinate Bike Mansfield’s participation in these activities and an email will be sent out to the mailing list asking for volunteers. McCarthy said he would check with people he knew about bike demonstrations at the Festival. Hultgren and/or Palmer will check on the availability of computer assisted bike trainers as well. Gosselin will work with Yakovleff on obtaining DOT right-of-way maps for the proposed Hollow to Hollow route. Palmer suggested getting some local business involvement in bike to work activities during National Bike Week, and Hultgren said he would work to get the Town to adopt a proclamation as they did in 2015.
Palmer suggested supporting the October 8th Thread City Cyclers’ cyclocross race in Mansfield Hollow State Park this year as well.
There are a few extra or unclaimed Bike Mansfield T-shirts (dayglow green with the logo on the front and “3 feet please” on the back) in most sizes. Contact him if you want one.
The meeting was concluded at 7:20 PM. As noted above, the next meeting will be held on March 9th.