Meeting Notes, April 13, 2016

Meeting location: Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center

Attending:  Pierce, Hultgren, Waldburger, O’Keefe, Weinland, Taylor, Santasiere, Yakovleff, Gosselin, Goodrich (Mansfield’s Transportation Coordinator)

The meeting was begun at 6:34 PM in the bike space lobby in the Transportation Center.

Hultgren reported that the incorporation documents for Bike Mansfield had been filed with the CT Secretary of State. Pierce said that any donations received after the date of the filing would be retroactive to this filing date.  (For the record, the official date as recorded by the Secretary of State was April 20, 2016 – delayed to later in April due to some revisions that needed to be made to the forms,)  $400 is needed to file the Federal non-profit 5013C application form, but we have 27 months from the incorporation date to do so.  Various ways of raising funds were discussed, including donations to Bike Mansfield via the web, but not decided on as yet.  Pierce will write and send a press release about Bike Mansfield to the local media.

Final arrangements for the Spring workshops were discussed, and the movies, presentations and refreshments are all set being handled by Palmer, Waldburger and O’Keefe.

A Bike Mansfield presence at the June 18th Tour de Mansfield is planned.  Hultgren and Palmer will staff a table and sell the remaining Bike Mansfield T-Shirts for $20.

Activities for the Bike Mansfield booth at the Sept 18th Town Festival were discussed again.  Pierce said she would contact CCAP (David Hoyle) to see if their active demonstration display might be available that day.  All kinds of other activities/displays were discussed … bike displays (including antique or odd bikes), trainers/roller demos, classes/demonstrations on bike maintenance, spinning, a bike wheel raffle, BMX riders in the parade, a bicycling photo display or contest, other prizes and give-aways.   A plan will have to be formulated this summer.

The dedication of the new section of greenway between the Rail Museum in Willimantic and Mackey’s along Route 6 will be held on May 14th at 11:30 AM.

No bicycle workshops were scheduled for the summer quarter, but planning for fall workshops was discussed.  Topics need to be finalized over the next month or so to be able to make the MCC brochure deadline.

Yakovleff summarized work he has done to advance the Hollow to Hollow project.  He said he was scheduling a meeting with Emily Hultquist of CROG to discuss funding possibilities as well.  He also announced several youth bike trips and activities he will be conducting – bike tune-up from 5 to 8 pm on May 13th; Rhode Island East Bay bike ride on May 21st and a Cape rail trail ride on June 10-12.

Santasiere discussed the EO Smith bike to school program during national bike week.  Ways to support this effort (previously funded by the EOS Foundation) were discussed (bumper stickers, merchant participation, etc.)

Hultgren said he would try to get a copy of the sidewalk ordinance that is being considered by the Town.  Riding on the sidewalk on Route 195 in downtown Storrs was briefly discussed, including the possibilities of making a bike lane on the sidewalk which would involve moving trees and benches (this could be part of the Town’s bike/pedestrian master plan).

Goodrich announced she was leaving her position as Transportation Coordinator in two weeks.

The meeting was concluded at 7:45 PM.  The next meeting will be held the second Wed of May (11th).

Lon Hultgren

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