Springbike is a local club whose purpose is to promote
enjoyable safe cycling for its members and community.
Springbike Bicycle Club - Box 9823
Springfield, Missouri 65801
Welcome to Springbike!
Browse our site, tell a friend, and remember, ride safely!
The Ride of Silence is a slow, silent ride that honors cyclists who’ve been injured or killed by motorists, to help raise awareness of cyclist’s rights, and to let motorists and the public know they must share the road with us. Starts from Park Central parking (north side of Olive St.) This ride is a silent and slow tour around center-city Springfield - just about 10 miles. Here’s the NEW (slightly modified)route map (.pdf) courtesy of Dave Hutchison. We will pass the scene of two bicycle fatalities in Springfield.
If you aren’t already aware, there are several road closings happening in the area that will affect several of our bike routes this summer. Starting Monday the 18th, you will not be able to cross over Hwy 60 on Farm Road 253. That is being permanently closed as they replace it with an interchange. This is on the Tuesday night south ride. The good news is, riders can take Center street west to the light and cross over there and go through Jamestown, or go east into Rogersville on Center Street and cross at Hwy B/VV (Hardee’s). That intersection is also under construction, but B/VV is supposed to remain open the entire time as Hwy 60 will be going up and over it. Wednesday night rides out of Republic are cancelled for this season. All of the longer routes utilize the Hwy N/T bridge over over I-44. That bridge will no longer exist the weekend after Memorial Day. That project is on a fast track for replacement with it being anticipated to being back open for traffic by the time school starts in the fall and being totally complete by mid October. The detour for vehicular traffic is Hwy 266 to Route B/MM bridge over I-44 to the east. This bridge also affects the Queen City route which has been rerouted this year, SHOULD WE GET ENOUGH VOLUNTEERS for at least 3 rest stops and someone to coordinate said volunteers and to buy the necessary supplies. That reroute will utilize FR 140 and Independence (service road on the north) to the B/MM bridge which has been restriped giving cyclists more room, then heading east on FR 140 to 115, down to 156 and rejoining the regular QC route. Looking forward to next spring, FR 253 will likely be closed to cyclists as a bridge will be placed over the railroad tracks.
Since you will need to show your membership card to receive the 10% discount at local bike shops and to register for Springbike rides, here’s an easy way to do it. Well this is how for an Android phone (and there are surely other ways). When one of you iPhoners figures it out, send me the procedure and I’ll put it up.
To simplify record keeping, Springbike has re-structured their membership and dues system. From this point forward, all memberships will start, and yearly dues will be payable on March 1, 2016. This includes any members that have joined, or will join this calendar year. The exception is for those holding a 2 year membership which expires after March 1, 2016. These will come due on March 1, 2017.
For the past several years, Gary Ledford has done an amazing job of planning and coordinating all of the Club rides, as well as hauling the Club trailer and cooking at the monthly summer BBQs. Gary has agreed to continue to work in this area, but will not be able to do all of things he has done in the past.
Gary will continue to:
The Club is seeking someone(s) that can be a Co-Ride Coordinator with primary responsibilities as follows:
In successful organizations, someone always steps up and helps. It’s your turn now. Contact President Steve Raper
Perhaps you know we’ve had a growing Facebook presence for a while. Just look for Springbikeclub. Members should have received an invite to our new Private Springbike page. It will mirror somewhat the old page but be a more controlled version where members can participate in a more controlled environment. If you get on Facebook and search for Springbike, you will find both pages. The Private page is “Springbike” while the older public page is “Springbike Bicycle Club.”
We’ve had a web page for route planning with maps for a long time (hidden under
the Special Interest Tab above), but Ozark Greenways has put up a new web site, LetsGoSmart.org that really does have great up-to-date information.
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.