2017 Bicycle Fun Club Volunteers
Hang out with friends, enjoy some time in the countryside, and help us out all at the same time!
We need volunteers at our rides to help with
- Ride registration
- Signing up new members
- Leading group rides
- Staffing rest stops
Click here to sign up to help. Ride volunteers get a voucher for a free ride, a t-shirt, and a chance to meet lots of fun and interesting people!
Trailnet Champions, Ann and Vance Crowe
Ann Crowe took up bicycling while living in Washington, D.C., where an extensive network of cycling paths made commuting by bike a convenient way to incorporate exercise into her daily routine. Ann moved to St. Louis to be closer to family and to pursue work in engineering. After deciding to make a career change, Ann began volunteering at Trailnet rides and fundraising events while completing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Her volunteer activities allow her to “meet many new people and see different parts of the city and surrounding areas,” she says.
Ann’s volunteer experience introduced her to a “warm and welcoming community,” and she believes that a “shared love of biking provides common ground” for people that participate in Trailnet events. Ann’s husband Vance now joins her on many of the weekend rides, which she credits with giving him “the same confidence and passion for cycling and health” that is so important to her.
As a physical therapist, Ann understands the critical importance of regular exercise for maintaining health and recovering from injury. She notes the abundance of research supporting the positive impact of exercise on mood and overall health, and sees evidence of these effects at Trailnet events. “It only takes a morning at a Trailnet ride to see this come to life in the laughter, support and friendships created through group exercise,” she says.
Even with many years of experience as a bike commuter and recreational cyclist, Ann is aware that for many people concerns about safety may mean that they don’t bike or walk if no specific infrastructure exists. She is committed to building a community where more people have access to the benefits of active transportation. “Having a network of safe and connected bikeways and sidewalks will make biking and walking easier and available to more people,” she says. She also predicts that “as more people use the bikeways and sidewalks, they will feel personally invested in supporting the growth of this network.”
In addition to volunteering time to Trailnet, Ann and Vance are Trailnet Peloton members, providing financial support for the protected bikeway vision. They strongly believe in “dedicating personal efforts and resources to build infrastructure that empowers communities.”
Ann and Vance also feel that positive change will come to St. Louis only if individuals take the initiative. “Whatever challenges we face, the best way to identify problems and solutions is to get personally involved, seeing the community by biking on the roads and paths, meeting our neighbors, visiting and supporting local businesses. Trailnet gives us the opportunity to come together as individuals and make our city healthier and more interesting, with access and opportunity for everyone to enjoy a more active lifestyle.”
Help out with Fair Saint Louis Bike Valet
Trailnet is again providing secure and complimentary Bike Valet for people cycling to Fair Saint Louis in Forest Park. Since the Park will be closed to vehicle traffic during the Fair, attendees are being encouraged to use bikes, walking, or MetroLink to get to the festivities.
Bike valets operate like a coat check for bicycles. Valet volunteers will give cyclists a claim ticket and park and retrieve bicycles from the bike racks. Shifts are three hours and will be staffed by 6 volunteers and one Trailnet staff member at each station.
What a great opportunity to gather friends, family and co-workers to team up and support Trailnet, active transportation, and CO2 reduction!
Click here for more information and to sign up.
Any questions, call Chris Dowling at 314-436-1324 ext. 133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer for 2016 BFC Rides
Help to put the FUN in our Bicycle Fun Club rides!
These rides, which take place throughout the region, typically draw hundreds of riders. We need help from lots of volunteers so that everything runs smoothly. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities, including:
- Registration Setup
- Rider Check-in
- Membership Table
- Group Ride Leader
- Rest Stop Help
On regularly priced rides, BFC volunteers ride free at the close of registration and receive a voucher for another regularly priced BFC ride of their choice.
Pick a ride and sign up here – and THANKS for helping!
Volunteer at 2016 Beans, Bikes &Brews
Help to make our first fundraiser of the year a huge success!
The 2016 Chili Party will be held at Willow, a new downtown event space created by Baileys.
You can dish up chili, serve beer, or help with the stationary bike race, all while enjoying some great food and drink and listening to The Green McDonough Band. Be one of the first to see our 2016 Spring events calendar in its new format, the centerfold of Terrain magazine.
Sign up to volunteer here!
Questions? Contact Carol Schmidt at email@example.com.
2015 Walk and Bike Count Data
The data from our 2015 walk and bike counts is in. Thanks to the 76 volunteers who donated 152 hours of their time to count cyclists and pedestrians throughout the St. Louis Metro region in September. Collecting such extensive data can be a real challenge, and it would not have been possible without them. You’ve helped make Trailnet a resource for advising the city and other organizations on transportation-related decisions. We have summited the data to the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project, which compiles data for use by planners, governments, and bicycle and pedestrian professionals. We also submit the data to local planning agencies and nonprofits to inform plans for better biking and walking.
Community Cultural Tours – Multiple Dates
These are relaxed, no-drop rides that explore the gems of St. Louis on two wheels. They are a great way to learn something new and to meet people who share a love for the city. Volunteers are needed to help with the following:
- Run the registration table – greet riders, provide information, and basic cash handling
- Ride leaders – lead groups of riders of varying abilities safely through the duration of the ride. Ride leaders must be comfortable riding a bicycle in traffic, follow traffic laws, and use appropriate hand signals.
To sign up for individual tours, click here.
Bicycle Fun Club (BFC) Rides – Multiple Dates
Bicycle Fun Club (BFC) Rides and Events: great volunteers assist before each ride by helping staff set up tables and tents, sell tickets, work registration, sell memberships, hand out maps and refreshments, answer general questions, and clean up. BFC volunteers ride free at the close of registration AND receive a free ride voucher for a regularly priced BFC ride of their choice!
To sign up for individual rides, click here.
Thank you to all of our volunteers – the stars of this campaign.
This campaign was made possible by funds from the Federal Highway Administration through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Transportation.