1. Halloween at the Head House
2. Board Changes
3. Walk-to-School Days
4. Cranksgiving
5. End Notes

Halloween at the Head House

Come by our office at 309 E. Gurley Street in Prescott right around dark on Friday October 31st when all the little ghosts and goblins swoosh and giggle past on their way to Mount Vernon Street. You can meet Prescott Alternative Transportation (PAT) staff and board members, help us pass out candy, and just sit on the porch enjoying the show.

Board Changes

All PAT supporters know Jim Knaup. You’ve seen him at every PAT event and many partner events. Jim has been an active part of PAT since our founding and over this past decade, lent much of his free time to help lead the organization on the board. For the past five years, he served as president.

In those five years, he led all of our bike rides and somehow managed to participate in every Bike Month and Safe Routes to School event. His face is so familiar at City Council meetings, it’s a wonder he doesn’t have a designated seat by now.

Well, it seems we finally wore him out! Yes, believe it or not, this tireless advocate and event organizer recently called “uncle” and asked to be allowed off the board and back into a simple volunteer position. Fortunately, Russ Willis, another hard working board member was happy to pedal up into the lead position and let Jim drop back into an easier ride with us. Here’s what they each had to say about the transition:

"I have always believed in PAT’s mission, which is why I agreed to serve on PAT’s board some ten years ago and assumed the role of board president over five years ago. We went through lots of ups and downs over this time and I am happy to see PAT on a steady upward trajectory now. This makes this a nice time to step down as president; plus a fresh outlook is needed.

I am grateful to have learned a lot during my tenure and am thankful that with lots of help, PAT has a sound foundation. I am also thankful that someone with drive and vision is willing to step into the leadership role. Please welcome new President, Russ Willis, and please pledge with me to continue to help PAT work to create a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly community."

“Jim exemplifies a particular value that the word "volunteerism" does not adequately describe. He sees a need in this community and steps forward to help meet that need. We still have a very long way to go to make Prescott streets friendly to bicyclists and pedestrians, but Jim has helped lay the groundwork for that effort.

We are grateful Jim will continue to volunteer his time and energy to our projects, but we will need at least ten people to step forward to pick up even some of the weight he has carried the past ten years.”

Thanks so much to both of you for your leadership! You are our beacons!

Russ has informed the editor that there might just be some fun to be had regarding all of this at our upcoming December members’ meeting. Read more about it below in the End Notes.

Walk-to-School Days

By: Josette Kubin, Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Walk-to-School is an international effort that encourages students to walk or bike to school each October. PAT has taken part for many years and I have enjoyed stepping right into the fun role of leading the events. Thus far we have had four successful events with 40 – 50 students participating at each of these four Prescott elementary schools!

We were challenged with one attempted event at a middle school when only one parent and one student showed. I had heard it is difficult to get middle schoolers to participate, but this was a surprise because historically we had had a decent showing at this school.

Concerned we might have the same results at our next middle school walk, I brainstormed ways to incentivize students for participation. So for the Granite Mountain Middle School walk on Tuesday we are offering a "Walk to Win" drawing for all student participants. Winners will receive one of seven prizes, including a Papa John's Pizza, Frozen Frannie's yogurt gift certificate, or a lunch in the school's "Grizzly Den" - a real student treat, according to Vice Principal Nancy Hellewell.

Thanks to Papa John's and Frozen Frannie's for donating these prizes to PAT for this walk and in turn, we are promoting these two businesses on event flyers distributed to students.
It will be exciting to see if the "Walk to Win" drawing makes an impact! If so, we will utilize a similar strategy next year for all middle schools!

Check out our photos on Facebook at Prescott Bike Month or Safe Routes to School Prescott Alternative Transportation!

We have three fun and energizing walks this week:

• Tuesday, October 28: Granite Mountain Middle School. We meet at 6:45 a.m. at the Goodwill on Iron Springs Rd. Participants gather at 7 a.m. Walk begins 7:15 a.m.
• Wednesday, October 29: Taylor Hicks Elementary School. We meet 6:50 a.m. at Good Samaritan Tower on Ruth Street. Participants gather at 7:05 a.m. Walk begins 7:20 a.m.
• Thursday, October 30: Washington Elementary School. We meet at 7:15 a.m. at Ken Lindley below the skate park on Willis. Participants gather at 7:30 a.m. and walk begins at 7:45 a.m.

Please consider joining us!
Send questions or comments to me anytime: prescottsaferoutes{at}gmail.com or 928-708-0911.


By: Russ Willis, President

Once again, PAT has made it possible to ride your bike to help fight hunger in Prescott!

Bike on down to Park Plaza Liquor and Deli (Goodwin and McCormick in Prescott) on Sunday morning, November 23 for the third annual Cranksgiving ride to benefit Open Door.

Promptly at 10:00am, we will go over the rules. Each rider will receive a copy of the shopping list showing the minimum items to buy and the five Prescott grocery stores where they must be purchased (yes, we will be checking receipts at the end).

This year we will also have a "kids table," with a shorter ride to one store, escorted through controlled intersections.

Just like a bike messenger, you get to choose the route you believe will get you through the course fastest and back to our table to mark your time. Be sure to bring along $20 (or more!) to make your purchases. Also bring a backpack, bike basket, and/or panniers to carry it all.

After you’ve turned in your receipts, stick around for the after-party and prizes! We’ve got lots of great prizes, including:
• first cyclist to complete challenge,
• most food by weight (no need to stick to the minimum list!),
• best costume, and
• best decorated bike!

All food and cash donations will be donated to Open Door at the Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ).

We are still looking for volunteers to help put this together, maybe secure some sponsors, help with the "kids table," etc. Want to help with preparations for this event? Please email me at rawillis3{at}juno.com.

And please tell your friends! Forward this newsletter or just send them the link to our home page where Cranksgiving is featured: www.prescottbikeped.org

End Notes

Lately we’ve been discussing ways to improve the process for choosing street improvements in Prescott. Some of these discussions have centered around what seem to be haphazard intersection improvements made by the City of Prescott. While we applaud these pedestrian improvements, they have prompted us to develop a proposal that would improve the process for choosing bicycle and pedestrian improvements by the City.

At minimum, City decision makers must understand where the priority needs are—intersections that are most threatening, street sections that cause particular anxiety, places where pedestrians are currently crossing busy streets without controls or markings. Do you know of intersections and streets that threaten non-motorized travelers and discourage these healthy modes of travel?

Come join us on Tuesday December 2nd at 5:30pm at Jersey Lilly Saloon on Whiskey Row in Prescott for our annual members’ meeting. Not only will we be honoring Jim Knaup’s contributions to PAT and welcoming new helpers, we’ll have city maps to mark up, wall hangings where you can write your big ideas, and lists of streets and intersections for you to add to and prioritize. With this great opportunity to offer ideas, the nice cash bar, and lots of delicious hors d’oeuvres, you won’t want to miss it.

Even so, if you truly don’t think you can make that gathering, but still want to offer help, please email Bob McCarty, Operations Manager at bob{at}prescottbike.ped and let us know you would like to take part in this effort.

Prescott Alternative Transportation
P.O. Box 2122, Prescott, Arizona 86302

Prescott Alternative Transportation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are tax deductible.

Prescott Alternative Transportation
P.O. Box 2122, Prescott, Arizona 86302
 928-708-0911   pat(at)prescottbikeped.org
Prescott Alternative Transportation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are tax deductible.

Prescott Alternative Transportation
P.O. Box 2122, Prescott, Arizona 86302

Prescott Alternative Transportation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are tax deductible.

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