Meeting Notes: May 11, 2016

Bike Mansfield Monthly Meeting

Attending:  Pierce, Palmer, Gosselin, Yakovleff, Waldburger, Hultgren, Van Zelm

The meeting was begun at 6:35 pm in the bike space meeting room in the Transportation Center.

Activities for National Bike Week and Bike to Work Day (BTWD — May 20th) were discussed.  Pierce had contacted several sponsors for food and gifts to give to cyclists, and had secured a permit to set up a display on the Town Square from the Mansfield Downtown Partnership.  Van Zelm said a table from the Transportation Center could be used that morning as long as it was returned that same morning.  Hultgren, Palmer and others will assist Pierce in staffing the table during the early morning commute time (6:30 to 9:30 AM) on BTWD.

Bike Mansfield members have volunteered to help with registration at the Tour de Mansfield on June 18th, and as many members as possible are encouraged to do the ride (wearing Bike Mansfield T-shirts of course).

Booth themes/activities were discussed for the Bike Mansfield booth at the Town Square Festival on September 18th.  After discussion, a photo contest with pictures promoting bicycling in Mansfield was agreed upon.  Photos will be submitted by members and the public on-line via the Bike Mansfield website during the summer, and the best 10 or so will be printed and displayed in the booth so that festival goers can vote for the best ones, which will receive bicycle-related prizes.  Pierce and Palmer will work on the mechanics/procedures for submitting the photos through the website.  Bike Mansfield members will be needed to staff the festival booth throughout the day.

Topics for fall workshops were discussed.  Most present favored a repeat of the basic mechanical maintenance workshop along with one or two bicycle themed movies like Inspired to Ride, Breaking Away, etc.  Hultgren will check with Paterson to see if he would be willing to lead the mechanical workshop, and find out when the deadline is for the fall brochure.  Other activities were discussed including a possible midnight ride involving UConn students, but no decisions were made.

Yakovleff reported on his meeting with the CROG transportation planner (Emily Hultquist) regarding the Hollow to Hollow bike route project.  He said he would try to set up a similar meeting with the new DOT bike planner or person assuming these responsibilities in the near future.

Hultgren said he would send Van Zelm the quotations he had for the bicycle parking metal figures for the Town Square railings.

The meeting was concluded at 7:30 pm.  The next meeting is scheduled for the second Wednesday in June, (June 8th).

Lon Hultgren


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