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Here are the responses. The Board has already began talking about them and will formulate a response action plan.
|1. Why did you join Springbike? Select the most important reason.||(131 responses)|
|a. For the 10% discount at local bike shops;||29||(22.1%)|
|b. For the weeknight group rides||22||(16.8%)|
|c. For the marked routes which I ride on my own||3||(2.3%)|
|d. For the major rides (NY, SB, SP, CR, DW, QC, FM)||45||(34.4%)|
|e. For the club meetings||1||(0.8%)|
|f. For the support and information available||31||(23.7%)|
|2. Why did you join Springbike? Select the second most important reason. (131 responses)|
|a. For the 10% discount at local bike shops||34||(26.0%)|
|b. For the weeknight group rides||17||(13.0%)|
|c. For the marked routes which I ride on my own||12||(9.2%)|
|d. For the major rides (NY, SB, SP, CR, DW, QC, FM)||35||(26.7%)|
|e. For the club meetings||3||(2.3%)|
|f. For the support and information available||30||(22.9%)|
|Composite of questions 1+2. Why did you join Springbike? Select the most important reason. (262 responses)|
|a. For the 10% discount at local bike shops||63||(24.0%)|
|b. For the weeknight group rides||39||(14.9%)|
|c. For the marked routes which I ride on my own||15||(5.7%)|
|d. For the major rides (NY, SB, SP, CR, DW, QC, FM)||80||(30.5%)|
|e. For the club meetings||4||(1.5%)|
|f. For the support and information available||61||(23.3%)|
|3. Springbike has four major rides (supported with SAG and manned Rest Stops) – the Chili Ride, the Dogwood, the Queen City Century, and the Fall Metric Century. Keeping in mind that it takes member volunteers to staff them, Is this... (127 responses)|
|a. Not enough||14||(11.0%)|
|b. Too many||6||(4.7%)|
|c. Just right||107||(84.3%)|
|4. Springbike is not a 501(C)3 organization (charity). Our rides currently cost members only $10 (covering food, SAG mileage, insurance and general budget). Yet turnout at rides is much lower than other Charity rides which cost more. Our club members are the very people who would like to be riding the Chili Ride, Dogwood, Queen City and Fall Metric instead of working a Rest Stop or SAG, unlike those charity rides where volunteers are not cyclists.|
Should the Chili, Dogwood and Fall Metric rides become “Show & Go” rides like the New Year’s Day, Superbowl and St Pat’s (rest stop on your own at convenience stores along the route, no roving or mechanical SAG)? (102 responses)
|a. Yes, and have the ride free and drop the meal at the end||33||(32.0%)|
|b. Yes, but lower the fee to $5 to cover the meal at the end||28||(28.2%)|
|c. No, leave them as they are and I will volunteer||26||(25.2%)|
|d. No, leave them as they are, but do not count on me to volunteer||15||(14.6%)|
|5. Should Springbike offer Springbike logo clothing? (128 responses)|
|b. Yes, but only jerseys||39||(30.5%)|
|c. Yes, but only jerseys and socks||28||(21.9%)|
|d. Yes, everything possible||45||(35.2%)|
|6. Would you like to see the Queen City become a much larger ride (i.e. 2000 riders) like the Big Dam Bridge ride in Little Rock or the Tour de Corn in East Prairie, MO? (126 responses)|
|a. Yes, a large ride like that is great||98||(77.8%)|
|b. No, I prefer smaller group rides||28||(22.2%)|
|7. In the Summer (April-September) Springbike replaces its monthly meetings with a free after ride cookout at each of our start locations. Should we meet instead? (120 responses)|
|a. No, I prefer the cookouts||112||(93.3%)|
|b. Yes, I’d rather have the meetings||8||(6.7%)|
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We need to hook up with a charity or plan our big ride with out laying towns on their festivals or get them involved.
Nothing here. You guys do a fantastic job!!
It's not that I really think the club has too many rides, there are so many other rides out there now it's hard to compete. The fall metric century seems to have lost its momentum. It might be better to build on 2 or 3 rides and go from there .
The web site could have an area that you could hook-up with other riders that might ride in other areas,times or days.
For questions #5 and #6, I really don't have an opinion. You did not offer that as a choice, though.
SpringBike is a lame club. There is NO support at all. There is a reason why there are no volunteers. You have already angered past volunteers to the point where they no longer wish to help or even suggest to others to help out. I know who the "know-it-alls" are. But who is the so called "president". Does he even own a bicycle, or show up to his own rides? It seems to me that a "club" would embrace ALL bicycling and not just a particular group or a specific shop. As for the members , if there are REALLY 300+ members, where are they and why do they not show up at any rides? You "board (bored) members" might want to figure out why your club members, especially the older ones, do not want to participate in any club activites .
I think you do a great job. The meetings are good for the most part. I do think the information about the rides....location particularly (directions) and other particulars needs to be more detailed especially for people not that familiar with the Club and the area.
Would like an easier to read ride schedule, or more user friendly.
Change the routes. Year to year and even reverse the routes midway through the riding season. Make a some of our organized rides easier for newer riders (easier routes). For example, the chili ride, the new riders ride to republic via Wilson Creek. To hard for new riders. Seen to many pushing up the hills.
You guys do a great job! Thanks for all your hard work!
Great Cub!! Have one major ride along with the weekly rides, then support other charity rides in the area.. BUT, the main thing..KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK
I have to admit that I am a member and didn't ride any of the rides this year...
True beginner rides. This group does nothing to encourage or mentor new beginner riders. The week night rides, even the shorter distance, intimidate a brand new rider to get out on the country roads. If you had a group ride one night a week on the FHT or another greenway trail, you might get a whole new group of riders started.
Christmas party was/is great!
Doing a great job under difficult circumstances - everyone wants to ride and no one wants to help. Club rides coordinate well with charity rides. I don't mind a ride every weekend. I also like rides on Saturdays since this is church-going city - and I usually go myself.
Making the QCC huge is an awesome idea
I think we have a very active and interesting club!!
I am basically a non-participant due to my age and caregiver to my wife. I have ridden in the Queen City. I do use the bike shop discount. Thanks for your advocacy .
Do one supported ride a year and keep the other rides but make them show and go. Don't do waterbottles but do have t-shirts and caps. Clean the old stuff off the site and keep it current. The real reason I joined Springbike was I was crazy about cycling and it was a bike club.
My thoughts on big rides. The Chili ride is a nice kickoff but do not expect to see it get any bigger than it already is. The Fall Metric is a decent season ender , but seems to have very poor participation. Probably due to end of season fatigue , chilly weather, and an abundance of stuff going on in the fall. I have never done the Dogwood and personally never hear folks talk about it. The QCC has potential to be bigger as noted in the questions above. BUT, it would take greater cooperation by bike shops and civic leaders. Joplin had a good start with Tornado Alley, but let it die off. It is also important to find an empty weekend for the QCC. We often have it the same time as Tour de Lakes, and other rides, that draw well. I would suggest dropping 1, or maybe 2, of the big rides focusing on make QCC, and maybe Chili, bigger and better. I think there are enough rides all around to fill the needs of locals, and that SBC should avoid spreading it's resources so thin just to try to put on a couple of more events. I don't really care about the meetings or the cookouts. I honestly thought the weekday rides were dead. The last several times I've shown up the last couple years, there has been, literally , nobody there.
This club has been a great tool for meeting other cyclists and learning more about the cycling community. Thank you very much for the leaders who work so hard to make sure this group is all that it can be.
I know how much of a hassle relying on volunteers can be. I am always impressed by what Springbike does. I remember what the President of the Lawrence Bike Club once said: "We want to ride, too." I try to volunteer for one ride a year, and hope that others do the same. I appreciate your time and effort.
Excellent Club. A mark of a great club is one that wants to improve. I think it' s awesome.
Would like to see a true family ride or rides. Ones that I can take my 5 and 10 yr old grandsons on. Thanks. I know of only one true family ride and that is Nixa 's ride but it conflicts with the adult rides.
I appreciate all the encouragement you give for your rides! Love your support you give. Trying to get these rides together takes time and a whole lot of planning , you all do a great job. So glad to be apart of your club!!
The cookouts are nice but we need some place to sit and rest after the ride so an informal meeting could happen. (information could be shared with everyone)
It would be great to promote one of the club rides into a much larger ride. Is there any way to get better turnouts at the weeknight rides? It seems that only the fast group shows up anymore and there is a lack of riders that ride in the 15-17 mph or 17-19 mph ranges. I don't have any great ideas on this. Even the cookouts, which I think are a great idea, don't seem to draw a significantly bigger crowd. I think the club in general does a great job. I don't volunteer enough so I can't complain.
No earth shaking new ideas here. Would like to say a general thanks to all of you that manage and run the organization, I really appreciate your efforts and hard work!
For people who are busy during the week days, it would be nice to have a regular Saturday/Sunday ride in addition to weekday rides.
For the rides it's always the same route! Reverse the route or make new routes the same ride/route to me gets old and lose interest. We changed Tuesday evening route and we now have big turn outs. Just think about the weekend rides if there were new rides/routes how many more might turn out. The same thing gets old to me. Thanks for what's it's worth !
We should really work to get more beginner riders in our week nite rides post notices in the local bike shops and have riders to help these beginners to love the sport .
Maybe to promote the Fall Metric more, or move the date back a week. It doesn't necessarily need to be a HUGE event; no, not at all. But, it seems to me turnout has been a trifle low the last couple years. It has been attributed to falling on the weekend after the MS ride, but it may be other factors, too. I really like the Fall Metric Century, but it probably ought to have increased participation, so that it will continue to be worthy of its' place on the ride calendar.
Springbike is great. That's it.
I did not renew because my experience with the club showed more riders interested in riding fast rather than the companionship of riding together. I only do touring & commuting type riding, I do not find the Springbike Club membership all that interested in that. I did a few week night rides and found that all anyone talked about was how fast they could do it.
More attention to riders looking for riding partners at times when club rides are not available week day mornings and after noons. Riders need to look up every now and then including racers to be a little more friendly to people who live and drive on the marked routes and roads they ride. A smile or a wave goes a long way.
I'm new to the club, and need to learn the routines before I can comment in an educated way!
unfortunately, Springbike has changed since I joined.. In my opinion.. It seems to be geared more for the hammers, and less for the casual riders.. As a senior rider, I will continue to support but will continue to ride fewer events and ride on my own with riders who enjoy a casual long distant ride.. I have tried to volunteer for sag events in the past, to unfortunately be put on the sag list with no notification that I was on the list or given any information. Basically I think it was suggested that it was my responsibility to keep checking and find out what my status was. So, participating in a sag event is something I have set aside now... I do wish Springbike all the good fortune.. May it continue to grow with younger more aggressive riders.
i'm female, only been riding a year and usually ride by myself...i'd like the club to sponsor a 'hands on' workshop to learn how to change flats -- front and back .
ITs hard for me to get to those weeknight rides because I work such long hours.
I would like to see the weeknight rides leave as a group at the designated time and not be a race. Many first time riders don't come back because they are either left behind, made to feel like they are holding up the group or people leave in such a staggered start that they don't get to ride with the group. If you go to a Springbike ride and ride by yourself or made to feel like you are a pain because you can't ride as fast as the other riders, you won't come back.
Continue advocating for safer commuting and bike routes in the city.
To include the mountain bike community and events.
I would like to see a weeknight ride in the Springfield-Willard area.
I know the club works at promoting biking in the community by working with the State and local government. Thank you. That is one of the main reasons I joined the club, to support the work that is being done for the biking community.
Not too user friendly for new members
Join our rides with local charity rides and gain support/volunteers and attendance
I live out of Springfield support the club, by paying dues, but will only drive in for the major rides, not the week day rides or meetings.
The new question about changes to the four smaller rides is a more complicated question than a multiple-choice response. Yes, I like the idea of having rest stops but if they can't be staffed then we don't have them. Without the rest stops it simply becomes a simply group ride that quickly breaks up speed groups.
I just moved to Springfield this summer. Some of my answers are not based on experience , sorry. I joined because 1. I want to support my local club and have been a part of clubs for many years wherever I've lived. 2. to meet people on weeknight group rides and 3. the discount at Sunshine Bike Shop has been GREAT!!! I look forward to becoming more involved once I'm settled and a little more established in my new business. Thanks.
Perhaps a more welcoming atmosphere for new members would be nice. I was disappointed at the Chili ride when one of the leaders used his speaking time at the beginning of the ride to yell at everyone about not signing up instead of making people feel welcome. Yes, we get it--sign up, just say it with a little more tact and kindness next time. Thanks! :)
maybe a cookout with an informal meeting of sorts,,right now even the club president does not go on the cookout rides,,,,,,another thing is driving 25 miles to ride twenty in the evening rides does not add up. maybe thats why such a low turn out on some rides.
Thanks for leading when few would. I know a few of us missed the fall metric because it was earlier than before (September instead of October). There were other rides to consider then, like the JDRF Poker Ride.
couldnt ride cause of knee replacement this season
The following Springbike jerseys are available: Male 2-Large; 5-Medium; 2-Small Female 3-Medium; 1-Small They are available for purchase ($40 each). Contact Bill Alter, , cell 861-3822. We may place an order for jerseys in the fall. If you are interested in ordering one, please contact Bill. (Prices may be higher).
Our Facebook page has been up for a while and gets a lot of activity. We also recently launched a Twitter page. Who will be the first tweeter?
The addresses are Facebook: springbikeclub Twitter: @springbikeclub
Go to our Rides Archives Page. . here you’ll find the maps, cue sheets, and .gpx files. We can’t say that the road markings are all still there but you will have the cue sheets and maps.