NBG Ride leaves in 12 days - Andrew Heckman to be at Fest

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Our 2nd Annual National Mayors' Ride leaves from Washington DC in *only* 12 days! See
http://www.bikeroute.com/NationalMayorsRide for details...

Only 12 days until Mayors' Ride Begins 119 days until it ends at Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest

This news is on line at: http://www.BikeRoute.com/MayorFestNews/4-21-03.html

A) Andrew Heckman to Be at Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest August 17!!
B) Andrew Heckman Fund Raiser on Line
C) Win a Recumbent - Help us pay for the Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest Now!!
D) Pittsburgh riders will be received by live music !!
E) Denise Hill rallying DC to Pittsburgh troops
F) Bike World Iowa Signs on as Chicago to Des Moines sponsor
G) Free Cycles Missoula Video on line for our Free Recycled Bikes program at Fest
H) Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest Booth Sales Help Wanted
I) Fill in the blanks proclamation cities can use to herald National Bicycle Greenway Day
J) Morton's Web gallery that riders will soon be able to load to is ready for action!!
K) Local NBG Projects: Santa Cruz to Watsonville Rail Corridor Moving Forward
L) NBG at Santa Cruz Earth Day this Sunday 4/27
M) Burning midnight oil, Jody Fitch readies NationalBicycleGreenway.com for prime time
N) Deux Gros Nez a likely two wheel connected sponsor for Reno!!
O) Bike powered TV or bike powered generator wanted for E-Day (& Fest)

P) Spoke with Andrew Heckman today and he tells me that he and his wife Lisa plan to come down for
our August 17 Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest. Still in tons of pain and with a hip socket that feels
like "it's stuffed with hard pointy metal playing jacks", he says he can now at least sit for
longer and longer periods of time. He even went to the Oregon Human Powered Vehicle Assn meeting
last week and brought up our July 18 Portland Mayors' reception. He also met Pat Franz there. Pat
owns the innovative bike company called Terra Cycle <http://www.terracycle.com> and he has told
Andrew that when he's ready, he'll build him a bike at as close to cost as he can get!!

Q) Tired (but grateful) of walking (on a cane) to get the exercise he uses to offset the constant
pain he feels, Andrew tells me he wants to start biking again. And toward this end, we can help
Pat help Andrew. Already Jeff Reser, who is riding from Chicago to Des Moines, as we said in our
newsletters two weeks ago, has created a beautiful logo to help us raise the funds Andrew needs
to offset his ever escalating medical expenses. And no where is it written that he can't use some
of those funds to help manage some of the suffering Andrew feels with a new bike.

If you don't know who Andrew Heckman is, as per
<http://www.earth1.net/~jzaleski/AndrewHeckman2.htm>, he nearly died for the National Bicycle
Greenway on his aborted bike ride to Des Moines last summer when a car left him for dead. If you
want to contribute to Andrew, his awesome wife, Lisa, created a site to accept donations at

All of this is on line at our Mayors' Ride schedule: http://www.bikeroute.com/NationalMayorsRide

Our Mayors' Ride leaves Washington DC in only 12 days !!

R) As per <http://www.BikeRoute.com/MayorFestNews/4-7--03.html#Anchor-49575> and
<http://www.BikeRoute.com/MayorFestNews/3-03-03.html#Anchor-47857>, for as little as 5 bux and
from the comfort of your desk, you can win either the S&B Malibu or the Backsafer recumbent
bicycles if you go to:


The reason this is important is that since we don't charge admission and the booth fees we collect
barely pay just the insurance fee that is required of us, this is how we pay for the event. There is
the expense for the park and all the associated permits, not to mention the cost of the sound
system, the stage, security, the porta-potties, volunteer food and drink, the special bike parking
area, signage, the children's play area, and etc, etc. Last year our raffle, put a pretty good dent
in all of this, but we still find ourselves in significant debt. Since we now have the raffle on
line, maybe you can help us throw a bigger amount at the monthly payments I am personally making
right now. With a bank card or a credit card -- ** FOR AS LITTLE AS 5 BUX!! **

A humble note of THX in advance for considering this!

S)And as the excitement builds, Ro Fischer, Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy's senior aide, has been
cooking up an awesome reception for our riders when they come in from DC on May 9 with Michael
Sobkowiak of the Western Pennsylvania Field Institute. Promising that it will be hard for any of
the cities that follow to top what they come up with, she wouldn't say much more than this:


> I can tell you this: there will be a band playing in the Square to
greet the riders........It's getting close!!

T) And Denise Hill, a web designer, in support of the Western Pennsylvania Field Institute
<http://wpfi.org>, is rallying the DC to Pittsburgh troops for an epic ride. She has been in
dialogue with Phil Koopman of City Bikes <http://CityBikes.com>, our send off sponsor and has
contacted Beth Boose, David Heibert, Ken Lloyd, Jack Helffrich and OraSue Mckinnon to make sure
they are all on the same page.

U) As per <http://www.BikeRoute.com/MayorFestNews/3-24-03.html#Anchor-11481 >, Bike World
<http://bikeworldiowa.com> of Des Moines, Iowa came on as a sponsor last week. Operated by Forest
Ridgeway, Bike World, a chain of three stores, is a major sponsor of the famous cross state ride,
the RAGBRAI. And Forest himself is a TransAm vet having crossed the US somewhat recently in 23
days with Lon Haldeman's PAC tour <http://www.pactour.com>. Because of their long time
involvement with RAGBRAI, Bike World is familiar with putting on big events and because of their
extensive connections with the local bicycle movers and shakers should be able to bring a lot of
sizzle to Jeff & Jason's arrival for Andrew Heckman on June 6!. Forest is even devoting a staff
member expressly to our Mayor's celebration!

This should be exciting as Lorna Devros, the senior scheduler for Mayor Preston Daniels, is already
working her bicycle contact in Des Moines!! Ayhooo!!

V) Joathan Baty of http://bikecommuter.com got the Free Cycles video online at his site!! If you
want the direct link, go to: <http://www.expertlighting.com/freecyclesfest02.mpg>. In case you
forgot, as per <http://www.BikeRoute.com/MayorFestNews/3-24-03.html#Anchor-Found-47857>, Jonathan
answered our call to get Bob Giordano's great video on line of the event Missoula, MT does to get
recycled bikes back out into the community. We are calling our version of this, the Outdoor Bike
Church at our 2nd Annual Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest. I encourage you to get a look at this short 6
minute piece of film. It's fun and shows the story of how unwanted bikes and bike parts can be
used to build community!

W) Sales person wanted to sell booth space for second annual Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest on August 17
at San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz. Commission only. No experience necessary -- just a desire to
make for a better world..

Here is what we did last year http://www.bikeroute.com/SCNBGFest/8-11Report.html

X) Here is a fill in the blanks proclamation that cities can use to herald National Bicycle Greenway
Day for their Mayors' Reception:

National Bicycle Greenway Day

(date), 2002

By virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of _______, I do hereby issue this
proclamation honoring


WHEREAS, a century ago, bicycling was an important part of American culture; and

WHEREAS, the National Bicycle Greenway is sponsoring a 24-city relay that begins in Washington,
D.C., and ends in Santa Cruz, California, with the purpose of offering an alternative solution to
our daily transportation woes; and

WHEREAS, the primary objective and purpose of the National Bicycle Greenway is to gather and
coordinate the resources needed to create a nationwide network of interconnected car roads and
bicycle pathways; and

WHEREAS, the National Bicycle Greenway engages in related activities to educate the public regarding
a healthful environmental sound lifestyle:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, THE MAYOR OF _____________, do hereby proclaim Date, 2002, as ³NATIONAL BICYCLE
GREENWAY DAY² in Washington, D.C.


Name Mayor, (city)

Y) The ever indefatigable genius of Andrew Morton hit us yet another home run this week. THX to
Andrew we now have a picture gallery on line at our new site. What's really powerful about this
part of NationalBicycleGreenway.com is the fact that we can run as many different photo albums as
we want. For example, this summer riders can enter their own pictures for each leg of our relay
that they ride. And easily and quickly. The web interface takes any image and does all the
sizing. From any computer armed with the right password. And if they can't get web access on the
road, we can upload from their memory card if they have an extra and want to send that to us.

There are other important areas where this is useful. We can run a general NBG album. We can now
also represent all of our events with their associated pictures. We can even catalog our volunteer
staff so you can see what all these miracle workers that are making magic with us look like. We can
even add captions !

Nor is this any ordinary on line photo gallery. Among other options, it can be run as a slide show
where the speed can be varied as fast as one photo per second and the moving shots can be stopped
and one can back up or go forward at will. Here is what Andrew did for his part in last year's
Mayors' ride <http://multivac.drewish.com/gallery> (scroll to the bottom) and as we said last week
<http://www.BikeRoute.com/MayorFestNews/4-14-03.html#Anchor-If-44867>, here what he is doing for his
friend Dan Miller<http://www.travelingdan.com>. Here are a few of the images I threw up on ours
<http://NationalBicycleGreenway.com/gallery>. Keep checking back because there are many many to add!


Z) As per our April 7 newsletter discussion of the Santa Cruz to Watsonville Rail Corridor as per
<http://www.BikeRoute.com/MayorFestNews/4-7--03.html#Anchor-46919>, I talked with Capitola city
councilman and local transportation commissioner, Dennis Norton last week. With the advent of new
possible monies becoming available to buy the corridor if his beloved trolley in placed into the
equation, Dennis is once again motivated. And he is ramping up for a web page to support this
project and also plans to involve already very interested business parties in making this real. I
had called him to invite him to have a booth at our August 17 Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest. He was
very receptive and will soon, I'm sure confirm!!

Z) April 27 will find us at Santa Cruz Earth Day. If all goes according to plan, as per
<http://www.BikeRoute.com/MayorFestNews/4-7--03.html#Anchor-48213>Woody Parker should be there
with his patented Juicycle. Jim Langley <http://JimLangley.net>, former long time tech editor for
"Bicycling" magazine and present web editor for Smart Etailing <http://SmartEtailing.com> a web
operation that supplies content for bike shops that are on line nation wide, will hopefully also
be there with one of his turn of the century High Wheel bicycles. Jim is also a well known High
Wheeler expert, bike consultant and bike author. He and Woody will join Wes Anthony and Faye
Saunders and August West and Marielle Stollinga WHO will all be there passing out literature and
answering questions about the NBG and our Festival and the Mayors' Ride. Called "Sowing the Seeds
for Global Action," the event runs from 11am to 5pm at San Lorenzo Park.

Z) Besides the powerful efforts of Jim Redd and Andrew Morton and the rest of us on the web team, we
are just trying to keep up with Jody Fitch. Besides Jody's holding down a demanding full time job
at McGraw Hill, he's also burning the midnight oil as he readies NationalBicycleGreenway.com for
prime time. From creating a new and powerful logo for the National Bicycle Greenway and now
working out the navigation for a lot of the content, much of which he had a direct hand in also
developing, he even uses what little free time he has to take photos of bike paths that he likes
so we can represent the many different looks the NBG will take as it spreads all over the US. The
word a m a z i n g does not fully describe this Giant of a Man!!

Z) Tim Healion of Deux Gros Nez <http://deuxgrosnez.com>up in Reno has expressed interest in getting
Reno plugged in to our ride! Well connected in the world of two wheels, this legendary coffee
shop restaurant has produced the famous Tour De Nez criterium for the last 10 years. In fact bike
racing is such a big part of what the Deux Gros Nez is all about (they also produce the Desert
Lake Triathlon) that there is more about bikes at their site than there is about food. I'll let
you know what we come up with!!

Z) This may come as late notice, but does anyone local to Santa Cruz have access to a bike powered
TV that we can run at our Earth Day Booth? Or a bike powered generator that we could use to run
our lap top computer? As per, <http://www.BikeRoute.com/MayorFestNews/3-10-03.html#Anchor-35326>,
<http://www.BikeRoute.com/MayorFestNews/4-14-03.html#Anchor-49575> we'd like to be able to show
the Free Cycles Missoula DVD that will describe the Outdoor Bike Church that we will be holding
at our Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest . This video is now on-line at

MARTIN KRIEG: "Awake Again" Author c/o BikeRoute.com 79 & 86 TransAms, nonprofit Nat. Bicycle
Greenway CEO

Ever wanted anything so bad U were willing to die for it? Really die? By moving thru clinical death
and reversing paralysis, *I saw God* when I answered that question.
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