2012 Annual Meeting and Open Forum on Riding in Rhode Island

Updated: Location Changed!

The Board of the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition will be holding it’s annual member’s meeting on Monday, July 9th 2012.   The evening will begin with a short formal meeting to elect Vice President and Treasurer as well as establish committee chairpersons.  After the business is concluded, a presentation discussing highlights of the recent past, as well as giving an overview of the current plan for growing RIBIKE’s ability to advocate more effectively.

Members are eligible to stand for office, committee chairs, and vote.  If you want to do more, now is your chance!  Want to just hang out and talk about bicycles and your ideas for how to make Rhode Island better, we can do that too!  If you aren’t a member yet, join now so that you have a say in how RIBIKE advocates for you?

 

Annual Meeting

When: Monday July 9, 2012, 6PM to 8PM

Where: Wyndham Garden Hotel, John Brown C,  220 India Street, Providence

Agenda:  Officer Elections, Committee Chair Confirmations, RIBIKE road map, Open Forum

Light refreshments will be available, as well as cash bar and full service menu.

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3 comments on “2012 Annual Meeting and Open Forum on Riding in Rhode Island

  1. barry says:

    I really hope folks interested in bicycling in Rhode Island will come to this event, as we are all volunteers and would like a show of support if biking is to flourish here. Matt cannot be expected to do it alone! More input into bicycling needs is needed and welcome. At the least, we can all enjoy a beer!

  2. margherita says:

    So here's the latest in my continuing and bizarre bike crime situation at the Amtrak station in Providence. Last week, I came off the train only to discover that someone had tried to steal my rear tire, but couldn't figure out how to do it so left the tire dangling off the back of my bicycle. Once again, I went on the hunt for Amtrak's so-called police. "I want to make a crime report", I said, not unreasonably. "We don't take any responsibility for those bicycles", whimpered the officer. "Aren't you supposed to have security cameras? Aren't you concerned about crime on the Amtrak premises?" I asked. "We don't have enough manpower to sit and watch hours of security tapes." "Well then, how about actually patrolling the area?" said I.

    This went on. After my badgering, they reluctantly gave me a "witness statement" form to fill out. I protested that I was not a witness. No matter. They don't take crime reports.

    This is what operations at Amtrak have come to. Leaving aside why my crummy decades old bike gets targeted for dismemberment every couple months, I'm sure other miserable users of the bike racks experience similar incidents. It's outrageous that this facility disclaims any role in securing its premises for reasonable use and claims that the bike racks should not be there despite their increasing use by commuters (while Amtrak employees continue to park their cars on the plaza, no doubt contributing to the deteriorating garage and train platform underneath).

    I have tried just about every location for locking my bike in hopes there would be a place to exposed and noticeable for thieves to work on stealing it. With Amtrak's help, it looks like they can operate pretty freely without fearing arrest or even questioning.

    How can we get DOT, Amtrak, and the city to pay some attention to this matter. They should all be grateful we're not trying to park cars at the station! Why can't we get reasonable accommodation?

  3. Labann says:

    Why, indeed, Margherita? I remember when your bike was vandalized for no reason other than its presence. Maybe AMTRAK employees are doing it themselves. And why can't you take bike right onto trains? AMTRAK is adept only at inconveniencing patrons, which is why it must be subsidized by taxes like any bureaucratic institution. If they had performance based compensation, they'd put a chain link fenced area for bicycles with security cameras and guards, especially around commute ends and starts. Wouldn't you pay $1/day for secure bike parking? Businesses cater to biggest demographics; cyclists are fringe in their view. I wonder just how many passengers ride bikes to terminal, and what percentage that is of entire clientele.

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