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One of the great Rochester success stories is R Community Bikes, which began in a garage and grew to provide 50,000 bikes to city residents in the past decade. The man behind it is a force of nature: Dan Lill is retired, makes no money from R Community Bikes, and doesn't even ride a bicycle himself. But he's dedicated to rounding up used and damaged bikes, repairing them, and making sure his team of volunteers is ready to provide bikes on the two days per week that the facility is open. The upcoming WNY Bike Fest is raising money for R Community Bikes, and they're also focused on expanding the number of people who regularly ride in the Rochester area. Our guests:

Buffalo is rolling out a new bicycle master plan for 300 miles of bike lanes -- tripling the current amount. What about Rochester?

We check in on the local Bike Master Plan that is up for review this year. And we explore Bike Week, which includes the film Bikes vs. Cars at the Little Theatre. Our guests:

The City of Rochester, and other municipalities, are making the roads more friendly for bicyclists. But for those that want to commute on two wheels, there are rules that we need to follow, especially at intersections. How should we behave at an intersection when we're on a bike? We asked Shana Lydon of Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport to give us advice.

Bicycling as a vehicle for new economic development. How can it work? We'll learn the story of Wenzday Jane, who heads an urban movement to replace trucks with cargo bicycles for local delivery, municipal waste-hauling for the city of Cambridge, and agricultural distribution. She’s creating a more sustainable future by helping others discover the power of the pedal. Her story is told in a film that will run Monday night at the Little Theatre. First, she's on Connections with a panel talking about the film, and how Rochester can adopt her model. Our guests:

In the first part of the show, our guest is Joe Morelle, Jr. He's a Monroe County lawmaker who will explain why Democrats think the new comptroller audit regarding the golf courses is so serious. (In the interest of fairness, we invited someone from the Brooks' administration on the program, but they declined).

Then, more on bicycling. Last week's show was so popular, we didn't get a chance to get into all the topics we wanted to discuss. Author and bicycling advocate Harvey Botzman will join us to continue the conversation. 

Rochester and several local towns are looking to expand opportunities for bicyclists. They want more people bicycling to work. Is it safe? Is it working? Are bicyclists following the law? We ask some bicycling enthusiasts in studio:

Julie Brooks, Elizabeth Murphy, Scott MacRae of the Rochester Cycling Alliance
Erik Frisch, City of Rochester transportation specialist

Carlet Cleare

A local nurse is trying to inspire her community to peddle their way to a healthier lifestyle.

Theresa Bowick is the brain child behind the Conkey Cruisers. It’s a program using bicycling as a way to get city residents up and moving.

Bowick says the idea came after two incidents. First, someone thought she was running from the police. Second, she was accused of being an undercover officer, while running in the Conkey Avenue neighborhood.

Bowick says the comments were made because she was told nobody exercises in that neighborhood.

Rochester Pedals Toward Bicycle Friendly Status

May 14, 2012

The City of Rochester is launching a new community outreach effort called ROC the Bike!  It's one more step toward obtaining Bicycle Friendly Community status from the League of American Bicyclists according to transportation specialist Eric Frisch.

"We hope to expand that in the future, put that into print media and others, as we move forward with the idea that yea we want to educate drivers as well as cyclists about rules of the road," Frisch said in an interview on WXXI’s Need to Know Rochester. The City is celebrating Bike Week this week.