Bicycling Advocacy and Education
The Rochester Bicycling Club is active in bicycling advocacy and education, and we have a long history of successful work in promoting cycling. We have long advocated helmet use, and have been involved in cooperative projects with the Genesee Transportation Council and the State of New York in developing maps and promotional materials, and with RTS to promote safe city cycling and use of public transit.
Additionally, the RBC has been involved in other advocacy and education projects, including Adopt-a-Highway, assisting the Genesee Transportation Council in developing bike friendly trail maps, producing and distributing signage advocating helmet use on the Canal Trail, providing input to the New York State Department of Transportation regarding highway design, and others.
You can join the discussion on the Rochester Bicycling Safety, Advocacy, and Education Facebook Group
2022 Legislative Accomplishments: The NY Safe Streets Coalition (of which RBC is a member organization) was successful in getting 3 of the 8 bills on it's 2022 legislative agenda passed in both legislative houses and signed into law by Governor Hochul: a bill adding Pedestrian and Bicyclist safety instruction to the NYS DMV's pre-licensing curriculum (signed into law on 7/15), a bill authorizing municipalities (outside of NYC) to reduce speed limits from 30 to 25 mph (signed into law 8/12), and a bill to increase state funding for Complete Streets projects undertaken by municipalities (signed into law 12/28).
2016 Letter from the RBC in support of the City of Rochester's Bicycle Friendly Community Renewal Application.
Bicycle Transportation Community Recognition Award
Presented by the Rochester Bicycling Club to a profit or not-for-profit company
or organization that contributes to promoting bicycling for transportation or safety.
2012 - Nu-Look Collision - Bicycle Safety TV campaign
2014 - Hart's Local Grocers - Bicycle Corral
2016 - Erik Frisch - Rochester Bicycle Master Plan
In 2015, The Rochester Bicycling Club awarded three grants for a total of $8850 to the following groups.
R Community Bikes (RCB)
$3,000 to distribute tool kits to 300 individuals who have received free bikes through RCB, enabling more independence through the use of bikes as transportation.
Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library
$2,350 to construct a second "Books by Bike" mobile. This met RBC’s goal of using a bicycle for alternate function and transportation.
Finger Lakes Health Services Agency (FLHSA)
$3,500 to train between eight and fifteen League of American Bicyclist Certified Instructors (LCIs). These instructors will then teach safe bicycle riding skills to children and adults in a variety of educational, business and governmental venues in Rochester, encouraging active transportation by safe cycling. (this award was later withdrawn because the organization could not fulfill the program)
More information can be found in the October 2015 newsletter.
The Rochester Bicycling Club is a member and/or supporter of the following advocacy organizations.
The Rochester Bicycling Club has partnered with the Genesee Transportation Council to produce cycling safety ad campaigns and literature.
RBC volunteers rated roads for 3 editions of the Greater Rochester Area Bike Map.
The RBC Produced Sharing the Road information cards.
The RBC has Share the Road bumper Stickers - for free.