Friday, December 21, 2012

2013 New Years Day Ride

The most epic hang over ride in town is closing in on us. The 2013 New Year's Day Ride to Randy's Bluffton Store. Tis' the season to make our annual homage to the birthplace of our savior, Randy's Bluffton Store. We will be meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday January 1st,for a casual ride to Bluffton, where we will eat, drink and be merry. The ride home will be even more casual as reindeer games often ensue. Be prepared to make a whole day of it, the route home can be tricky. This is the "most funnest"
ride of the year, why not get it over on the first day of the year, so you have nothing left to look forward to for the rest of the year. What: New Years Day Ride to Randy's Bluffton Store When: Tuesday, January 1st 10 A.M. Where: Decorah Bicycles parking lot, 10 A.M. How: Any damn way you want What do I bring? Bike, Warm stuff, Money, Beer and Booze

Monday, December 10, 2012

City Street Committee Meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. to discuss downtown bicycle parking

City Street Committee Meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m.

City Street Committee to discuss bicycle parking

Posted: Sun, Dec 9, 2012 9:23 PM
Photo courtesy of Luther College Photo Bureau
The City of Decorah's Street Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. Monday to discuss how to handle bicycle parking in the downtown area.

Committee members have been discussing various ideas, including turning some car parking spaces into bicycle parking spaces and increasing the number of bike racks downtown.

But the main purpose of Monday night's committee meeting is to give members of the public a chance to share their ideas with city officials.  Anyone with any suggestions is being invited to the City Council Chambers at 6:00 p.m. for the committee's meeting.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Trail Work Day

This Sunday at 10:30 we will be building a beginner singletrack trail on the west end of the river trail (The Toppling Goliath side), for all you non orienteering folks. I will have the trailer and all the tools there, so all you have to do is bring yourself.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December 3, 2012 DHPT Meeting Minutes

Cooper’s Pub—The Oaks, on Monday, December 3, 2012

7:00 p.m. Call to Order

Roll Call: Pete Blodgett, Kirk Johnson, Jeff O’Gara, Jon Wilmes, Lee Hackman, Deke Gosen, Eric Sovern, Jim Tripp, Eben Tripp.

Treasurer’s Report
$2,813.34 in Judy’s Park and Rec DHPT Account
$635.03 in the checkbook

Recent Expenditures for Nov.
-$121.01                        Mower Power (repairs for chainsaw)

Minutes from the Last Meeting Motion to approve, KJ; 2nd O’Gara; All Ayes.

Reports of Officers, and Committees

1.      Beginner Trail development (more discussion/ideas)
½ mile of new trail near the entrance of River Trail has been identified to be developed as “beginner” trail, in addition to some improvements on the far end (near Twin Bridges) to make all of the River Trail accessible for beginners.  It was also suggested to work on the short “Elevated Section” of trail that Gary Timmerman put in last year that has never been fully built.  It will move the trail a little higher away from the River’s edge… and then permanently Close the old lower trail. Work day is suggested for this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. to work this trail in.  Meet at Oneota River Cycles.
2.    Sponsor Hat distribution (status)
Some have been distributed.  Need to see where Lars is with this next time.
3.    Trail Closures (tabled last meeting)
Motion by Deke and second by J. Trip to assemble a small group of people to study the issue of trail names and routes etc.. and bring a recommendation to the group at a later date: Vols: Deke, O’Gara, Jim Tripp, Lee Hackman, Kirk Johnson.

Unfinished Business

1.     2013 Pugsley Worlds – Call to Jesse Reyerson: Date set for Saturday Feb. 23rd, 2013.
2.     Update Blog appearance. Nothing new here…
3.     Iowa Bike Coalition Meeting Jan. 26, 2013 -- http://iowabicyclecoalition.org/events/iowa-bicycle-expo/ Nothing new here…
4.     Updated e-mail list. Nothing  new here…
5.     unspent trail dollars.
Some discussion of two projects related to water quality.  One a bridge on Public Television over the “Wash Area” that comes down from the road near the Pugsley Pit, and another a small bridge at the stream on the end of the River Trail near Twin Bridges. Other public entities would need to be involved. Tabled for later.

New Business
1.      Fred Trail and maybe a few other spots (safety)
Recommend cutting off or capping the steel posts on Fred Trail.
2.      Downtown bicycle parking-City Council
DHPT members are encouraged to attend next week’s City Council Street/parking Committee Meeting to weigh in on providing bicycle parking in the downtown area.
Meeting adjourned at around 8:30 p.m.  Next Meeting will be Monday, Jan. 7th. Site TBA. Submitted by Kirk Johnson, recording secretary and treasurer

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

December 2012 Meeting Agenda

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Decorah Human Powered Trails
Cooper’s Pub—The Oaks
Monday, December 3, 2012

7:00 p.m. Call to Order

Roll Call

Treasurer’s Report
$2,813.34 in Judy’s Park and Rec DHPT Account
$635.03 in the checkbook

Recent Expenditures for Nov.
-$121.01                        Mower Power (repairs for chainsaw)

Minutes from the Last Meeting

Reports of Officers, and Committees

1.      Beginner Trail development (more discussion/ideas)
2.    Sponsor Hat distribution (status)
3.    Trail Closures (tabled last meeting)

Unfinished Business

1.     2013 Pugsley Worlds – date???
2.     Update Blog appearance
3.     Iowa Bike Coalition Meeting Jan. 26, 2013 -- http://iowabicyclecoalition.org/events/iowa-bicycle-expo/
4.     Updated e-mail list.
5.     unspent trail dollars.

New Business
1.     Fred Trail and maybe a few other spots (safety).   
2.      Downtown bicycle parking-City Council


Closing

Reminders:
*1st Monday of each month is DHPT Meeting Night.
*2nd Tuesday of each month is TT or Enduro. (as long as the weather permits!)
*4th Wednesday of each month is TT or Enduro. (as long as the weather permits!)

Upcoming races/events:
15th Dec.: --- Snowbike in Platteville
????????? --- 2013 Pugsley Worlds
April 27, 2013 --- Decorah Time Trials on SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013. (NOT SUNDAY!)
Start Race at 2:00 p.m. Done by 6:00 p.m.  Sunday will be a fun club ride day for anyone staying over after Saturday’s race.

Monday, November 26, 2012

November Meeting Minutes (Meeting NEXT MONDAY NIGHT TBA))

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Meeting Minutes
Decorah Human Powered Trails
T-Bocks Sports Bar and Grill
Monday, November 5, 2012

7:00 p.m. Call to Order
Roll Call: Kirk Johnson, Lee Hackman, Doug Osborn, Jeff O’Gara, Pete Blodgett, Lars Hovden, Marc Folkedahl, Deke Gosen, Feff Friedhof, Benji Nichols, Steve Pasche, Lars Hovden.
Treasurer’s Report
$2,934.35 in Judy’s Park and Rec DHPT Account
$635.03 in the checkbook

Recent Expenditures for Sept. and Oct.
9/11/12                        -$91.60                        Mower Power  (chainsaw maint. and parts)
9/28/12                        -$94.94                        True Value (trail supplies)
10/09/12                        -$431.92                        Mower Power (Stihl Trimmer and Pole Pruner Attachment)
10/09/12                        -$113.17                        Rockart Signs (20 decals)
10/11/12                        -$517.00                        Lars Hovden/Reimbursement for Hats/Visors
10/15/12                        -$1,000.00            Jim Tripp (labor 6/27/12 to 11/1/12)
10/15/12                        -$160.50                        Maverick Label Co. (custom labels)

Approval of Minutes
Moved by Lars; 2nd Captain.

Reports of Officers, and Committees:
1.      Trail Building
2.    DHPT Hats and Visors: Cost is $15/hat or visor.  $500 sponsors get 3 hats; $300 sponsors get 2 hats; $150 Sponsors get one hat. Jusy at Park and Rec has the list.
3.    Trail Closures – Move to Table  by Deke.

Unfinished Business
1.    Heavy duty “Pop-Up Tent” for events with our DHPT Logo on it.
            WAIT on purchase due to low funds.
2.    Pugsley Worlds – date??? Jeff Friedhoff will provide $500 prize $. KJ will do an additional $100.
3.    Logo – some discussion here. Lars will revisit later.
4.    IMT Point Series– General decision to not seek out the organizers.  Maybe participate if asked.
5.    Snow Blower – more discussion. Nothing decided.

New Business
1.    Beginner Trails – A definitive “YES!” Many good ideas for creating more beginner trails.  First Place is a small loop on the River Trail.  Other ideas include the floodplain areas inside the Levee. More discussion needed here.
2.    Iowa Bike Coalition Meeting Jan. 26, 2013 – There are people interested in attending to represent DHPT. Benji and Ward are looking into it again.
3.    Tombstone marker ?  Answer is “YES” “Make it Fun.”
4.    Other Items
            Need to update Blog and Old DHPT Logo
            Need a better updated e-mail list.
            Lars will talk with Spinner about the Blog site and how to maintain and manage it going forward.

Closing

Reminders:
*1st Monday of each month is DHPT Meeting Night.
*2nd Tuesday of each month is TT or Enduro.
*4th Wednesday of each month is TT or Enduro.
Upcoming races/events:
15th Dec.: Snowbike in Platteville
2013 ? Pugsley Worlds
2013  Decorah Time Trials will be held the Last SATURDAY in APRIL (NOT SUNDAY) Start Race at 2:00 p.m. Done at 6:00 p.m. on SATURDAY APRIL 27, 2013.  Sunday will be a fun club ride day for anyone staying over after Saturday’s race.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bicycle parking issues continue to be discussed

Bicycle parking issues continue to be discussed

Posted: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 8:36 AM
The City of Decorah's Streets Committee and its Betterment Committee continue to discuss bicycle parking in downtown Decorah.

Street Committee chair Gary Rustad says a number of options are being discussed, including closing a parking space in three different downtown locations on Water Street for bike parking and using space in the North Alley parking lot.  Rustad says the downtown Self-Supporting Municipal Improvement District Board has pledged some funds for purchasing additional bike racks.

The Street Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. Monday, December 10th to continue its discussion.  Rustad says bicyclists are invited to attend the meeting.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bike Parking on City Council Meeting Agenda Tonight

http://www.decorahnews.com/news-stories/2012/11/4133.html


City committee to discuss closing several parking spaces for bicycle racks

Posted: Sun, Nov 18, 2012 7:54 AM
The City of Decorah's Betterment Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. MOnday to discussion and possibly take action on closing several parking spaces in the Downtown area for bicycle use.

The committee has been discussing closing a parking space in three different downtown locations and reserving the spaces for bike parking.  It has discussed reserving the spaces from May through October.

Friday, November 2, 2012

November Meeting Agenda

Decorah Human Powered Trails
T-Bocks Sports Bar and Grill
Monday, November 5, 2012

7:00 p.m. Call to Order
Roll Call:

Treasurer’s Report
$2,934.35 in Park and Rec DHPT Account
$635.03 in the checkbook

Recent Expenditures for Sept. and Oct.
9/11/12                        -$91.60                        Mower Power  (chainsaw maint. and parts)
9/28/12                        -$94.94                        True Value (trail supplies)
10/09/12                        -$431.92                        Mower Power (Stihl Trimmer and Pole Pruner Attachment)
10/09/12                        -$113.17                        Rockart Signs (20 decals)
10/11/12                        -$517.00                        Lars Hovden/Reimbursement for Hats/Visors
10/15/12                        -$1,000.00            Jim Tripp (labor 6/27/12 to 11/1/12)
10/15/12                        -$160.50                        Maverick Label Co. (custom labels)

Recent Sponsor Contribution
9/14/12                        +$300.00             from Infastech

Approval of Minutes

Reports of Officers, and Committees:
1.      Trail Building
2.    DHPT Hats and Visors

Unfinished Business
1.    Heavy duty “Pop-Up Tent” for events with our DHPT Logo on it.
2.    Pugsley Worlds – date?
3.    Logo – revisit by request
4.    ICORR – revisit by request
5.    Snow Blower – tabled last meeting

New Business
1.    Beginner Trails
2.    Iowa Bike Coalition Meeting Jan. 26, 2013
3.    Other Items

Closing

Reminders:
*1st Monday of each month is DHPT Meeting Night.
*2nd Tuesday of each month is TT or Enduro.
*4th Wednesday of each month is TT or Enduro.

Upcoming races/events:
           
15th Dec.: Snowbike in Platteville
2013 ? Pugsley Worlds
2013 ? Decorah Time Trials

Monday, October 22, 2012

DHPT October Meeting Minutes

Roll Call: Jeff Ogara, Lee Hackman, Peter Blodgett, Jono, Deke Gosen, Lars Hovden, Jeff Freidhof, and Justin Ratzlaff
Minutes Approved
Trail Building:
·         Snail Trail
o   Completed
o   Some fine tuning left to do
·         New Randy’s
o   Talk about reworking bottom
o   Need volunteers to do this
Scan Bars:
·         Received 100 stickers for $150
·         Need remaining trails
o   Log Jam
o   Snail Trail
o   Backbone
o   Mother’s Day Pass
Popup Tent:
·         General consensus to get popup tent vs tie down
·         Option between 10’x10’ or 15’x15’
o   Could start with 10x10 and get another 10x10 if needed
Night Race:
·         Setup at bridge corner
·         Set course up that day
·         Start 7:00 pm 10/13/12
·         Registration 6:00 pm
·         Lee is doing traffic control
·         May need grills for food
·         Prizes: $200, Justin is also getting prizes
Hats:
·         Are here
·         Give Hats to Sponsors
o   Motioned by Jeff F. Seconded by Deke
·         50 ordered. We can order more when ready and add text to back of hat
Pugsley World:
·         Jessy is going to run it. It’s going to happen.
New Business:
·         Joining ICORR. Motioned by Lars seconded by Jeff Ogara
·         Logo- what should our logo be. Stay with current one or update
·         Snow blower for winter riding. Good idea, but need more info. Table till next meeting