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  • 09/24/2012 7:44 PM | Anonymous member
    Greetings to all cyclists,

    My name is Jonathan Dorey and I am a doctoral student at the McGill School of Information Studies. The McGill School of Information Studies and VélUS, the R&D group on cycling at the University of Sherbrooke, are currently conducting a study on bicycle comfort. I invite all cyclists to answer a survey (you can copy and paste the address below in your Web browser). Please do not hesitate to share the link with all your club members, friends and contacts. The survey should take about 20-25 minutes to answer. It is, for the most part (except for the first section), multiple choice questions. Thank you, Jonathan.

    Jonathan Dorey
    Traducteur agréé / Certified Translator, OTTIAQ
    Étudiant au doctorat / Doctoral student – Information Studies, McGill
    MBSI / MLIS – Archives, McGill
  • 09/20/2012 1:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Dear COP bicycle folks,
    Back in May, 2010, we (Ohio Bicycle Federation) learned about the rumble striping plan for Ohio's state routes. Rumble stripes are different than rumble strips and are the narrower rumbles placed directly on the edge line. We recently learned that a cyclist was injured in the Cleveland area on SR 45 near Orwell when he lost control on a rumble striped road with only a 1 foot shoulder. The purpose of this email is to ask you to please inform your ride leaders that the rumble stripe project is complete and to plan bike routes with the rumble striping in mind. If your route uses a rumble striped road, you should inform your participants to be careful around them. The map and engineering guidelines for the 2010 plan are available here:

    We also understand that ODOT plans to rumble stripe any state roads that are resurfaced in the future, if they meet the criteria listed in the engineering guidelines. But OBF recently met with ODOT to request the following changes to the criteria:
    • Rumble stripe only roads with shoulders 4' or greater in width
    • Share rumble stripe plans with local MPOs, bicycle organizations and OBF prior to implementation
    • Install warning signs prior to the beginning of the rumble stripes
    • No rumble stripes on bridges and their approaches
    • We are also evaluating whether the gap lengths (12' every 60') are long enough to accommodate all cyclists
    The first three of the above changes are in the updated FHWA guidelines:

    Michelle May has told us that ODOT will share their inventory of state routes with us. We plan to share that with our member organizations when we receive it. In the meantime, please consult the 2010 map to see which roads have already been rumble striped. I know that this map is not completely accurate, because some roads were removed due to cross state bike routes or tours (e.g. TOSRV) and some roads were added in my district (central Ohio district 6).

    Thank you in advance for sharing this information with your ride leaders to hopefully help prevent further crashes.
    Tricia Kovacs
    Gahanna, Ohio
    Ohio Bicycle Federation board member

    P.S. We were able to convince ODOT to remove SR73 and SR104 from the rumble stripe plan so TOSRV is rumble stripe free. Unfortunately, the rumble strips on SR73 north of Portsmouth were added long ago. Other local rumbles are SR42 in Delaware, Union & Madison counties (near Bellpoint and Dutch Kitchen) and SR37 between Johnstown & Alexandria.
  • 09/12/2012 10:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Have you seen the latest boating video?

  • 09/07/2012 7:00 PM | Anonymous
    COP has a new logo coming soon!
  • 09/04/2012 5:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Nice Article about XOBA on Toledo Area  Bicyclist Newsletter

    Thanks Kelli!
  • 09/03/2012 9:00 AM | Anonymous
    The Website Committee is pleased to announce the re-launch of
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