Meet our people: board member Karen Bohn

karen_bohnKaren Bohn is a board member of Bicycle Indiana and a recreational cyclist. She is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, retired, volunteers at Trinity Free Clinic in Carmel. Karen also is on the board of the Greenways Foundation of Indiana. She lives in Carmel with her husband, Mike Whitman, and enjoys her grandchildren and travel!

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Be a ROLL model: Be predictable. What’s your next move?

Be predictable in your riding!10_October_Albert_Indy

This rider is giving a hand signal indicating a right hand turn into the right turn lane and then to turn right at the next corner. He is using one of two proper signals for a right hand turn, more commonly the right arm is extended out 90 degrees. Both signals are acceptable and indicate movement to the right on the part of the cyclist. The drivers of cars in both lanes now know the intention of the cyclist and can plan their movements accordingly.

By being predictable, as if you are driving a car, you are providing the surrounding drivers information so they may advance appropriately and avoid a collision with the cyclist or other cars. Be predictable!

–Karen Bohn, board member, Bicycle Indiana

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The annual Saris National 5th Grade Poster Contest is back!


We’re pleased to share that after a few-year hiatus, Indiana is again participating in the Saris National 5th Grade Poster Contest!

Saris says:
This year’s theme: #longfortheride

There’s something contagious about riding a bike that has us reaching for our handlebars time and time again. We believe that by creating safe places for people to ride we can also create a better quality of life. Ask each student to create a poster that shows what they love about the bicycle (it is fun, healthy and green).

Entries must be submitted to the state coordinator (that’s me – Jess at Bicycle Indiana) by October 21. Don’t forget to include the permission slip! Full contest rules can be found here.

This is a fun contest with great prizes! Let’s show off that 5th grade talent, Indiana!

–Jessica Hall, program director, Bicycle Indiana

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To share the road or not – that is the question

For many years, a cycling friend has told me that the Share the Road signage, whether it be stickers Bicycle Indiana distributed, messaging, or even the road signage used in Indiana and many other states, sends the wrong message. It seems a recent study may finally validate his opinion.

If in fact, according to Indiana Code 9-21-11-2, a person riding a bicycle upon a roadway has all the rights and duties under this article that are applicable to a person who drives a vehicle, why is the messaging, including Manual On Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) approved signage, “Share The Road”? To whom is that message directed?

Both, yes? But if so, do motorists even notice it; do cyclists obey it?

A study by North Carolina State University has just been released that raises concern for Share The Road vernacular.  “No statistically significant difference in responses between those who saw ‘Share the Road’ signage and those who saw no signage” whatsoever in terms of their comprehension that cyclists are permitted in the center of the travel lane; that cyclists do not have to move right to allow motorists to pass within the same lane; or that motorists should wait for a break in traffic before passing in the adjacent lane.
In 2013 the US state of Delaware discontinued use of the Share the Road plaque.

Sentiment is that the road sign “Bicycle May Use Full Lane” better serves all and provide better comprehension of expectations and behavior.

What do you think?

–Nancy Tibbett, executive director, Bicycle Indiana

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Meet our people! Board member Darlene Wefel

Darlene Wefel

Darlene Wefel

I’m a 1990 graduate of University of Southern Indiana, with a B.S. Accounting

In 1995 I was hired by Winkler, Inc. and worked as the Office Manager for the retail division, and in 2000 became Controller and Credit Manager. My previous work experience includes the following: Accountant for
James Roach, CPA, Accountant for Edmund Hafer Architect, and Associates, Accountant and Office Manager for Pro-Tex-All.

In 1994 I joined the Evansville Bicycle Club. Elected and served as Vice President in 1996, elected and served as President 1997 – 2000, re-elected as President 2007 – 2010, and currently serving as Treasurer. I’ve worked as the coordinator of our annual ride, The Great Pumpkin Metric, for the past 15 years. Since joining the club, I’ve been very active promoting bicycle safety and working with local organizations promoting safety, doing bicycle rodeos, speaking to groups about bicycle safety. In 2006 and 2007, I worked as an advisory committee on the Evansville Urban Planning Commission. In 2009, I was elected to the Executive Board of Bicycle Indiana serving as Treasurer and in 2011; I have been serving on the Board as Vice-Chairperson. My goals are to help make Indiana a bicycle friendly community, to work at keeping Bicycle Indiana a sustainable organization that helps promote cycling in Indiana. Upon retirement I plan on riding across the United States, and to continue riding until I am too old to pedal.

I’m married to Robert Wefel, I have two children, and two grandchildren. Other hobbies are amateur photographer, knitter, and gourmet cook.

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Be a ROLL model: The more, the merrier. And remember to be courteous.

Fall is fast-approaching, and with it comes an abundance of bicycle rides, tours, and events in full swing. I think it’s time to think about how we conduct ourselves as cyclists, and as motorists. The Hilly Hundred draws thousands of riders each year, and The Great Pumpkin Metric has between 850 and 1,000 riders each year riding courses ranging from 25K – 100K. What does this mean to all of us?

The more, the merrier!

The first thing that comes to mind is fun! Cycling is fun for the entire family. The second thing is safety. When addressing the latter SAFETY, we need to look at the entire scope the three W’s. Who, what, and where aspects of safety. Who – everyone riding a bike. What – make sure your visible bright clothing, make sure that your children who ride are wearing bright colored clothing this will help make them more visible to drivers. Motorists are looking for other cars, not cyclist and definitely not small children on bicycles. Helmets, not just for kids. I explained to one parent years ago that kids learn by example, and it they see you not wearing a helmet they don’t understand why they have to. Eye protection, bugs, rocks, and dirt can cause you injury or an accident. Where – ride with traffic, on a dual lane road ride in the right hand lane. Allowing room on your right side for safety, and in a position that you’re visible to drivers approaching from the rear.

The second thing that comes to mind is sharing the road with automobiles is how cyclists behave while riding. Cyclists should be courteous and respectful to other cyclists and motorists. That means riding no more than two abreast, and single file in high traffic areas. Use hand signals, and obey the law. Being respectful of fellow cyclists includes calling out their passing on the left, using hand signals or calling out hazards. As motorists, we should allow at least three feet between your vehicle and cyclists when passing, don’t honk your horn, yell, or throw things at cyclists, and be watchful for cyclists. I don’t know about you, but right now and for the next couple of months the sunrise and sunsets are blinding. Be aware of this when planning your routes.

Be safe, have fun, and enjoy the ride.

–Darlene Wefel, board member, Bicycle Indiana

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Bicycle Friendly America: Zionsville – Indiana’s newest bicycle friendly community

In June, the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest bicycle friendly community rankings. Congratulations to Zionsville on achieving bronze designation and joining the ranks!zionsville

Congrats also to Muncie, with an honorable mention!

Learn more about the Bicycle Friendly America program here. The next application round closes on February 11, 2016. Bicycle Indiana is happy to review and assist your community’s application process. Just give us a shout!

–Jessica Hall, program director, Bicycle Indiana

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