JAC-Jump Around Carson
You may have seen the Jump Around Carson (JAC) buses making their rounds in Carson City. Lately I’ve noticed more passengers are filling up the seats. This isn’t a scientific study I’m reciting. When a bus goes by I look to see how many people are using our local transit system, and lately I’ve noticed more users.
I imagine usage is up because of higher fuel prices. I’ve also noticed something else on JAC buses, and that is bike racks.
When I contacted JAC I was informed that all their buses have bike racks installed on the front of the vehicles. I would like to take this opportunity to thank JAC for providing a multi-mode transportation option in our city.
JAC is participating on Bike To Work Day, Friday, May 16, by graciously offering free all-day bus service to bicycle commuters.
You might ask, ” If you’re on your bike, why would you need to take a bus?”
One of our major goals for BTWD is to encourage as many people as possible to ride their bicycle to work. Some people might think they couldn’t possibly ride a bicycle 10 miles in one day…. but maybe five miles is possible. There are many combinations a person could use to achieve their car-free goals.
Pedal to work, take the bus home, or vice versa. Or you could pedal to a JAC bus stop, lock up your bike, and take JAC to work.
JAC’s offer to allow free passage to bicycle commuters on BTWD is an outstanding position to take towards their continuing community involvement. While free is a great incentive, their regular daily fares are more than reasonable, which makes it a very affordable way to get around town.
JAC’s hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Be forewarned, there are only two available spaces per rack on each bus, so if the rack is full you may need to have a “plan B”.
Visit JAC’s website here to get more information about routes and schedules.
Please contact JAC and thank them for installing bicycle racks, and for supporting Bike Month.
Bicycle Commuter Stations: 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
312 S. Carson St
June Joplin, proprietress of Comma Coffee, who among other vocations is an actress, massage therapist, jazz singer, and mother, is once again supporting
Bike to Work Day.
Bicycle commuters can stop by from 7 – 9 a.m. and grab a free cup of joe while on
their way to work.
STARBUCKS 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
3325 Retail Dr
1410 E. Williams St
921 Topsy Ln.
3228 N. Carson St.
2320 S. Carson St.
In our early stages of organizing Bike to Work Day activities, I approached a few of our local Starbucks’ managers and asked if they would like to participate in BTWD. Each one of them, without hesitation, said “YES!” So thinking I had everything under control (boy was I kidding myself), I continued with the printing of our Bike Month fliers and brochures.
A couple of weeks ago I received an e-mail from Starbucks’ district manager Rick Roche, who after seeing our fliers and viewing our website, noticed a huge over-site on my part: Why are only three Starbucks’ shops participating? Oops! What was I thinking?
Mr. Roche informed me that not three, but all five of the Carson City Starbucks’ would like to be involved in BTWD. Whew!
The generous offer from Starbucks will give us six commuter stations to serve the Carson City area, helping to make this our most successful Bike Month ever. Thanks Rick!
Wrap-up Party and Raffle: Firkin & Fox 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Bringing things to a close is the Bike Month Raffle sponsored by Muscle Powered.
We have some cool things happing this evening, starting with a special performance by African drum and dance group, Anouaze Beat. This energetic ensemble is giving us a preview performance a week in advance of their upcoming Brewery Arts Center gig on Saturday, May 24
During intermission we’ll raffle off prizes donated by our wonderful sponsors, including our grand prize, a KHS Urban-X commuter bicycle donated by Lumos and Associates with help from Big Dan (Bicycle Authority).
So ride your bicycle over to the Firkin & Fox and tip back a cold brew, listen to some hot music, and make a few new cycling friends.
And that’s not all.
TOUR OF CARSON 25-35 miles
On Sunday, May 18 Denis and Viola will take us on an unsupported, moderately paced ride around Carson City to celebrate the one year anniversary of Bike Habitat. Meet in front of the shop at 9:30 a.m. There will refreshments served after the ride.
P.S. Events like these don’t happen without the generous support of our sponsors. So if you’re participating in one of the events, or you visit them in the future, please thank them for their community support.
See you there.
Thank you Bike Month Sponsors:
DOWNTOWN CARSON CITY
FLUME TRAIL BIKES
JAC- JUMP AROUND CARSON
LUMOS & ASSOCIATES
RED ROCK FAMILY DENTAL
THE BIKE SMITH