The Richmond Area Bicycling Association (RABA) has been offering cyclists of all levels and abilities many avenues from which to enjoy their favorite pastime since 1967. The club offers:•Regularly scheduled on and off-road rides held on weekdays and weekends, •A monthly newsletter, The Pedaler, containing schedules, activities and articles pertaining to all cyclists, •An opportunity to keep track of your cycling mileage via the premium membership features of Bikejournal.com (a $20 value), •Meetings featuring presenters speaking on topics of interest to the club membership, •During the summer, events combining a ride with dinner and socializing, •Discounts at bike shops, and•Catastrophic medical insurance while on club rides. We’re also very active in the community by way of charitable concerns and governmental advocacy efforts. We’d love to have you join us! Do it on-line now!
Every year RABA raises money to purchase bicycles to donate to area Christmas Mothers so they in turn can give them to kids less fortunate in our community.With your support we can achieve our goal of buying more than 250 bikes, assembling and delivering them. Any amount you can give helps. Large bikes for teenagers cost about $100, mid-size bikes $75 and small bikes $50.Go here now and make a tax-deductible donation. Don’t put it off!
●Cue sheet library available●Great way to become more involved in the club
For more information or to volunteer to lead a ride or pace group, contact:Ride Director (Monthly Road Rides):Kim Mooreluvs2cycle@yahoo.com358-0935Ride Director (Weekly Road Rides):Jim Venningjalisvenn@gmail.com550-7250
Remember that The Pedaler deadline is the 15th of each month.
Take a look at the wide variety of available rides in the schedules and calendars. Consider volunteering to lead one yourself. In fact, if you look at the current schedule and don’t see anyone leading a group at the pace you want to go on a particular ride, you can do that, too!
I’m sure you’ve seen these on GRTC buses before. Maybe you’ve wondered how they work. You can also see a video (Video No. 7) of the procedure at this link.
We’d love to have you join and become a RABA member. Dues for a 12 Month Membership are $20 for an Individual,$25 for a Family and $10 if you’re less than 25 years old.
•Pedal Power Bicycles, Broad St./Staples Mill Rd (former Rowletts location), 10% discount.•Conte's of Richmond, 4300 Pouncey Tract, Ste H, Glen Allen, VA 23060 15% discount.•3Sports, 6241 River Road Road, Richmond, 10% discount on apparel, bike shoes, parts, but it does not apply to labor. Complete bikes are 5%. •Molly's Bicycle Shop, 2126 E. Hundred Rd, Chester, VA 23834, 10 percent discount on parts and accessories, 5 percent discount on bikes other than Felt.Note: If anyone knows of any other bike shops that offer RABA members a discount, please contact Alan Cooper at email@example.com. Get a membership “card” by following the steps here.
At their April, 2013 meeting, the RABA Board of Directors adopted a Policy and Procedure for a RABA Grants program designed to award grants of up to $1000 in support of bicycle-related programs, events, and projects sponsored or offered by governments, organizations, or individuals. At the same time, the Board allocated $5000 to the grants program for 2013.Each February, the Board will allocate a portion of the club’s funds to be awarded to projects and programs that promote bicycling in the Greater Richmond Area. A Grants Committee, appointed by the Board, will solicit and vet bicycle-related projects and make recommendations to the Board, which will have the final approval. Applications will be accepted and grants approved until the allocated funds have been exhausted.The policy was drafted by the RABA Grants Committee, appointed by the Board earlier in the year, and approved with amendments by the Board. Committee members are: Jesse Archer, Ron Corio, Juliellen Sarver, and Mary Lynn White.The Grants Policy and Procedure consists of three parts: Introduction, Grant Guidelines, and Application. In assessing grant applications, consideration will be given to a variety of factors, including the potential impact of the program, project, or event and the number of people who will benefit; local volunteer and support for the project; the degree to which the request works with or complements other community organizations; the possibility of using the grant as seed money for matching funds from other sources.Members are encouraged to get the word out that there is grant money available for bicycle-related projects and be on the lookout for potential applicants. Interested parties should contact any member of the RABA Grants Committee.Read/Download the Grant Policy and Procedure (PDF file)Grant Application (Word DOCX file)
About that Goal number... The more money we raise the more bikes we can give away! Last year we spent more than $13,000 for bikes and helmets. So, please, continue to give generously. Thanks!
Larry SkalakRABA member Larry Skalak passed away suddenly on September 3, just after he had started another of his cycling adventures. A remarkable person, he had accomplished much as a sailor, hiker, cyclist, builder, and family man. You can find out more about him here.He will be missed.In lieu of flowers, one of the family’s suggestions was that donations be made to the Richmond Area Bicycling Association Bikes for Kids fund. If you’d like to help, please go here.