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Bike Clark County looking for new location

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
The swimming pool that has been Bike Clark County’s home for the past two years.
(Photo courtesy Eric Giacchino)

Bike Clark County needs a new home. The non-profit bike advocacy organization has been operating from what it’s president Eric Giacchino calls a “weird but fun” space in downtown Vancouver — a drained swimming pool — for the past two years. Now Eric tells us his landlord (a charitable foundation) is considering other plans for the space so he’s looking to find a new location to keep his successful programs afloat and possibly even open up a retail storefront.
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Vancouver to host ‘Hub & Spoke’ summit today

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
Sign at the entrance to Fort Vancouver.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

To keep the bicycling momentum going strong in Vancouver, the Bicycle Alliance of Washington and Bike Clark County are hosting a half-day workshop tomorrow (6/21, sorry for the late notice!) called, Hub and Spoke: Growing Bicycling in Vancouver.

Here’s more about what’s in store for the event:

“In this interactive workshop, attendees will examine models from around the state and nationally, discuss opportunities to promote safety and economic development locally, and develop tools for engaging with local and state governments to make riding a bike easier in their community. We’ll also take a short bike tour, so be sure to bring your bike!

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New program gets adults on bikes in Vancouver

Thursday, May 17th, 2012
Participants in the program pose in
front of Human Services Council
in Vancouver.
(Photos: Human Services Council))

[This story was written by Madeleine von Laue.]

A Vancouver woman has a new job and a new bicycle to get there, thanks in part to a new program that helps job seekers and low-income adults in SW Washington access bicycles for transportation.

Vancouver and Clark County have had programs to help school children get bicycles and ride safely, but nothing for adults. That changed last year when the Human Services Council received a grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation for an innovative ‘Bike to Work’ Program.

“This was definitely a life changer,” said Shari Brown, who moved to Vancouver a year ago from Texas. “It really opened up doors for me. Now I can feel confident and positive that I’ll be where I need to be, like at my new job.” (more…)

Death of boy riding bike in Vancouver calls attention to left-turning buses

Monday, April 30th, 2012
A tragedy in Vancouver.

[The story was written by contributor Michael Andersen.]

As Vancouver reels from the death of an 11-year-old boy who was crushed by a C-Tran bus while riding his bike through the intersection of Main and 27th on Saturday, some have noted a common thread it shares with other recent local tragedies:

Buses turning left.

Vancouver’s transit agency, C-Tran, has launched an investigation into Saturday’s collision; and they haven’t yet finished investigating their previous fatality. In December Margaret McCluskey, 88, was killed in a downtown Vancouver crosswalk by a left-turning bus whose driver was preparing for a quick shuffle across three lanes of traffic to reach a stop one block away. (more…)

New bike advocacy group for Clark County nears non-profit status

Friday, June 10th, 2011
Clark County Cycling Coalition
founder Eric Giacchino.
(Photo: Marcus Griffith)

The greater Portland metropolitan area is one step closer to having another regional non-profit bike education and advocacy organization.

The necessary paperwork to receive official non-profit status for the Clark County Cycling Coalition (C-4), southwest Washington’s newest bike organization, is complete and ready to be mailed, according to C-4 president Eric Giacchino.

Giacchino, a Vancouver fire fighter and Air Force veteran (profiled in The Oregonian earlier this year), explained that he has “tremendous” respect for the efforts of local volunteer bike projects (there’s a few), but he wants the Clark County area to have its own “umbrella” organization that promotes “polite, safe, cycling.” (more…)

Event: Ride Around Clark County (5/7/11)

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Event Name: Ride Around Clark County (RACC)
Event Start Date: 7 May 2011
Start Time: 6:30:00 AM
Web Site: http://www.vbc-usa.com/racc
Event Description: Come up to Vancouver and ride either 18, 34, 65 or 100 miles. Start time for longer rides is 6:30, later ride start by 9:30am.

Start is at Clark College on Fort Vancouver Way in Vancouver, WA. Registration is $20 for 18 mile, $35 for other distances.

Kids (accompanied by adult) ride free. Cycling cap included with registration. Helmets required.

Clark County passes bike plan; but it’ll take different path than Portland’s

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
Kent Meyer, 78, of Hazel Dell,
testified that “Our transportation system in this
country is focused on the automobile,
and we’re paying a price for it.”
(Photo: Michael Andersen)

More and more, the suburbs are making big-city bike values their own.

The latest sign: Clark County, Portland’s more auto-oriented neighbor to the north, passed a 20-year, $91 million* bike plan today with votes from two conservative rural Republicans and full-throated support from the chamber of commerce. (*Note: Like Portland’s bike plan, Clark County’s plan is almost completely unfunded at this time.)
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Clark County announces two open houses for bike/ped plan

Friday, July 24th, 2009

If you live/ride/work in and around Vancouver, Washington, you need to get involved with this very important project to create a new bike and pedestrian plan for Clark County.

Here’s the latest word from a Clark County press release:

Open houses to gather public input on planning for biking, walking

Vancouver, WA – Planning to improve conditions for riding bikes and walking over the next 20 years will be the focus for a pair of open houses on the evenings of July 28 and 30. Both sessions will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and cover the same topics.

The first open house will be at the Fishers Landing Transit Center, at Southeast 164th Avenue and State Route 14, Vancouver. The second will be in the sixth-floor hearing room at the Clark County Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver.

Project Manager Laurie Nicholson said the public will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn the status of this Community Planning project. In addition, she said anyone interested may provide input on these three topics:

- Potential updates to the Clark County Bicycle Commute Plan adopted in 1996.
- How to enhance planning reflected in the Regional Trail & Bikeway Systems Plan adopted by Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation in 2006.
- Broader concerns about how to make the county more “walkable” to promote health and safety for pedestrians both in urban and rural areas.

Nicholson said a draft plan should be ready for additional review and comment in the fall, before it is forwarded to the Planning Commission and Board of Clark County Commissioners for hearings and formal consideration in 2010.

More information is available on the project Web site at www.clark.wa.gov/bikeandped. People interested in learning more may also contact Nicholson directly at (360) 397-2280 ext. 4544, or e-mail laurie.nicholson@clark.wa.gov.

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