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Bike Ride to Powell Gardens, Kingsville, MO

  • Jun 8, 2013 · 9:00 AM

Trip Leader:

Paul Gross

[masked] Mobile


General info:

This 25-mile ride is mostly on 2 lane backcountry roads. The terrain is rolling hills, starting in Blue Springs. The last 5 miles is on US 40 HWY, which has a nice wide shoulder; we will ride this shoulder all the way to the Powell Garden entrance. The ride will be at a leisurely pace (approximately 11-12 mile per hour). We’ll have lunch at the café, and then take an after lunch stroll thru the garden. You will need to provide the entrance fee to Powell Garden ($9.50/adults, $8.50/senior citizens) as well as the cost of your lunch at Café Thyme. We will coordinate a bicycle and participant shuttle at end of outing, back to starting point. Riders are needed to help with ride shuttling from the end point back to the beginning. All cyclists on this trip are required to wear an approved helmet. As in all bicycle outings, we will practice road bicycle etiquette, and follow all traffic laws. We will provide handouts with text and mileage of the route.

All participants on outings are required by the Sierra Club to sign a liability waiver. If you would like to read the waiver prior to the outing, a copy is available on line at: , or call[masked]-5630.

We ask for a $5 donation to the Sierra Club. Donations go directly to the group treasury. Trip leaders are volunteers and do not personally profit monetarily from any donations received.

What I need from you:

· If you are planning on attending this outing you need to let me know by Thursday June 6th, 2013

· I need to know if anyone else is coming with you.

· Telephone number where you can be reached.

· If you are under eighteen years of age.

· If you want to have you and your bicycle shuttled back to Blue Springs at end of outing. (Their guardian will need to sign a special liability form)

· We’ll need to discuss any existing medical conditions that could potentially require treatment in the field such as diabetes, severe allergic reactions etc.

· We will need volunteers to drive their vehicle out to Powell Garden the morning of the ride, and drive participants back to our starting point after the ride. The number of drivers and vehicles will depend on how many riders we have. Please contact me if you are able to help. You would need to be at our meeting point an hour prior to the formal meeting time. At this time we would need at least 4 vehicles with a capacity of 4 persons per vehicle to complete the shuttle. Vans with more capacity would require fewer vehicles for the shuttle.

· You can reach me on my mobile number[masked]

Trip plan:

We will meet at 9:00 AM :At the

CVS pharmacy parking lot on the S.W. corner of South 7 Hwy & Mooreland School Rd.,+blue+springs,+mo&sll=39.015449,94.260292&sspn=0.120573,0.200844&ie=UTF8&ll=39.041853,-94.258232&spn=0.120528,0.200844&t=h&z=12&iwloc=C&iwstate1=dir -

A note about carpooling: In the interests of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that participants make carpooling arrangements. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.

The following information of bicycle etiquette is from the

International Bicycle Fund

4887 Columbia Drive South,

Seattle WA[masked]


Email: [masked] ~ Internet:

A non-governmental , nonprofit organization promoting bicycle transport, economic development, international understanding and safety education.

Group Riding

Group bicycling can be very enjoyable. You have both a bits of independence and comradery. However, there is a cycling etiquette, or rules of the road, which need to be followed for safety. Here are the key ideas:

Teamwork - Give a helping hand, watch for problems, and help each other to be safe and enjoy the ride.

Be Predictable - Group riding requires even more attention to predictability than riding alone. Other riders expect you to ride straight, at a constant speed, unless you indicate differently.

Communicate - Use hand and verbal signals to communicate with members of the group and with other traffic.

Hand Signals - Hand signals for turning and stopping are as follows: Left are straight out to signal a left turn. Left arm out and down with you palm to the rear to signal slowing or stopping. And, for a right turn, put your right arm straight out (in areas where this is legal) or put your left arm out and bent up.

Verbal Warnings - Along with hand signals, verbally warn cyclists behind you of your changes in direction or speed. The lead rider should call out "left turn," "right turn," "slowing," stopping," etc. Announce a turn well in advance of the intersection, so that members of the group have time to position themselves properly.

Announce Hazards - When riding in a tight group, most of the cyclists do not have a good view of the road surface ahead, so it is important to announce holes, gravel, grates, and other hazards.

Indicate road hazards by pointing down to the left or right, and by shouting "hole," "bump," etc., where required for safety. Everyone in a group should be made aware of hazards. However, not everyone needs to announce them.

Change Positions Correctly - Generally, slow traffic stays right, so you should try to pass others on their left. Say "on your left" to warn the cyclist ahead that you are passing. If you need to pass someone on the right, say "on your right" clearly since this is an unusual maneuver.

Watch For Traffic Coming From The Rear - Even when you are occupying the proper lane position, it often helps to know when a car is coming. Since those in front cannot see traffic approaching from the rear, it is the responsibility of the riders in back to inform the others by saying "car back." Around curves, on narrow roads, or when riding double, it is also helpful to warn of traffic approaching from the front with "car up."Watch Out At Intersections - When approaching intersections requiring vehicles to yield or stop the lead rider will say "slowing" or "stopping" to alert those behind to the change in speed. Each cyclist is responsible for verifying that the way is clear before enter the intersection.

Leave A Gap for Cars - When riding up hills or on narrow roads where you are impeding faster traffic, leave a gap for cars between every three or four bicycles. This way motorists can take advantage of shorter passing intervals and eventually move piecemeal around the entire group.

Move Off the Road When You Stop - Whether you are stopping because of mechanical problems or to regroup with you companions, move well off the road so you don't interfere with traffic. It is usually best for the lead rider to pull forward in the stopping area and for other riders to pull in behind the rider in front of them. When you start up again, each cyclist should look for, and yield to, traffic.

Ride One Or Two Across - Ride single file or double file as appropriate to the roadway and traffic conditions and where allowed by law. Even where riding double is legal, courtesy dictates that you single up when cars are trying to pass you if the lane is wide enough for them to safely do so.

Wait At Turns - If the group becomes at all separated, even by a few dozen meters, someone should wait at the turn until the next rider arrives at the intersection, and so on until all riders have made the turn.

Two At The End - For safety and as a courtesy, if the group spreads out, the last two people should adjust their speed to ride as a pair. If either should need assistance they will have a helping hand.

Peace and pedaling, The staff of the International Bicycle Fund


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  • Debbie Mill C.

    It was a fun outing and I would not hesitate to do it again. It was great meeting new riders and learning the route.

    June 10, 2013

  • Melissa L

    I had a great time. Thanks Paul for setting this up.

    June 10, 2013

  • Jeff W.

    Great ride and company. Paul ordered great weather for the day and the ride was good for non-experienced riders, too.

    June 10, 2013

  • Anne

    Hey Paul, if you can't get shuttle drivers, can we just ride out and back?

    June 2, 2013

    • Paul G.

      We have one person who has volunteered(Melissa). From this list there are only 4 including you who have responded to my request. All total we have 6 riders committed and confirmed. We can shuttle with our current amount. There is one couple who said they would ride back. Mel and I don't have the time to commit to riding back. I assuming by your comment you've been riding a lot more.

      June 2, 2013

    • Jeff W.

      I plan on doing a quick ride there and back. If anyone is a fast rider, or almost is, I would love the company.

      June 7, 2013

  • Paul G.

    Even If you responded yes to this outing, you still need to contact me to verify that you are coming. If you do not contact me there will be absolutely no guarantee that there will be a ride for you on the way back. At this time we still only have enough room for 7 passengers on the return trip. No call to me means no ride back.

    June 5, 2013

  • Julia H.

    need to start out slowly too long of a ride for me

    May 23, 2013

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