Central Indiana Bicycling Association

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  • Tue, September 24, 2019 7:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CIBA is a bicycle club that functions because of our member volunteers.  Full stop. Whether it’s an hour here and there at Pedal and Park or you spend the many hours it takes to host a weekend ride, or you are a board member  - or you are a volunteer at Pedal and Park and you host a weekend ride and you serve as a board member and and and and….the list goes on - all roles play a critical function in the operations of the club.

    CIBA has reached our tipping point, friends, and we need your help. I don’t know the exact percentages but if we had to guess roughly 20% of our membership is volunteering to do 80% of the work needed to make the club function.  

    We need more members to step up and into roles ranging from the board to leading rides to supporting events to simply putting a couple of hours in at events like Pedal and Park.

    You would be hard pressed to identify volunteers not doing multiple things for the club while also dealing with life outside of CIBA including work, family obligations and more. The very real consequence of that is burnout.  I see the same dedicated people volunteering at our events year in and year out. When people get burned out, it usually results in an inevitable complete withdrawal from volunteering rather than scaling back.   

    My presidency has been marked with a record number of key roles within the club that need to be filled.   Perhaps that says something about me. Most of these individuals tried to step away/give warning in advance and replacements were not successfully recruited. I don’t note that to deflect blame but rather to note how dedicated people who had been serving in roles for 5, 6, and 7 years finally had to walk away. Others have life and work changes that interfere with the ability to dedicate time to volunteer activities. People move away, people move on, circumstances change. This is life. No matter who is sitting in the board leadership roles, CIBA must do a better job of nurturing new volunteers.   

    Are you sitting there scratching your head saying but wait! What do I pay my member dues if I am going to be asked to do things and volunteer?  

    All members pay dues - incredibly reasonable dues for what is provided. Those dues go towards the operations of the club. CIBA’s financial reports are always made available during the Annual Meeting that takes place each year and you can see the breakdown of how those funds are used. The key takeaway for the purposes of this communication is CIBA has no paid staff. The member dues go towards a long list of things but the big ones are:

    1.       Insurance

    2.       Costs to put rides on/reimburse ride leaders - all those Fig Newtons and cans of spray paint aren’t donated

    3.       Other member benefits like the newsletter and incentives

    We all have a role in making CIBA what we want it to be. CIBA is not about what the board wants or dictates. The board does not meet monthly to advance personal agendas. We meet to try and sustain and realize fulfillment of the mission of the club.  Everyone has a voice in what you want YOUR club to be. Do you love weekend rides? Host one. Don’t want to host one? Volunteer to help another ride leader out to lessen the burden.  Have opinions about the direction of the club? Run for the board. Care about the fiscal stability of CIBA? Volunteer for Pedal and Park or the Hilly Hundred.

    CIBA’s mission is important. And CIBA has long been a place where many of us have found lifelong friends, a love of cycling and a sense of community.

    The board had a long discussion during our September meeting, and it was agreed I should pen a note to our membership. While my words, this ask represents the current board putting a call to action out to our entire membership.

    CIBA has reached a critical point where if we don’t bring new volunteers in, we are going to cease to be able to provide the kinds of activities that are why we all belong to CIBA in the first place. All the member dues in the world don’t matter if we don’t have ride leaders, board members and folks to fill key positions within pillars and committees to name just a few.  

    We have several areas of critical need which include director for the N.I.T.E Ride, board officers, board members and ride leaders.  Our board is a working board. We don’t just meet to talk for 90 minutes once a month. We could also use some individuals to consistently volunteer their time supporting key functions within the committee/pillar structure specifically in the ride pillar and fiscal responsibility pillar though any area would welcome volunteers whether community engagement, technology, PR – the list goes on.  These do not require board commitments – just an interest in helping. 

    I realize some of the items above are big commitments. Not all volunteer positions require that. The above are the most pressing positions that we are on short timelines to fill.   The board asks this: Consider volunteering your time now and in 2020 to CIBA. It can be a few hours here and there or interest in filling a more prominent and ongoing role as noted above.

    I encourage you to reach out to me at president@cibaride.org or anyone on the board for more information on the positions we are hoping to fill  - all of our information is located in the newsletter and on the website.

    The board thanks you all for considering this ask from us.

    Katie Feltman


  • Mon, July 29, 2019 11:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CIBA is once again staffing Pedal and Park for the Indiana State Fair.  We need help to cover all of the shifts.

    We're using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps. Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

    1) Click this link to see our SignUps on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/bELHoVE

    2) Review the SignUps listed and choose the one(s) you like.

    3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

    Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

  • Sat, May 04, 2019 5:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bring your friends and family and join us for a casual spin around the Mapleton-Fall Creek area! Registration is encouraged and required if you need to borrow a bicycle from Freewheelin. 

    Registration links for May rides follow:







  • Fri, April 05, 2019 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Register here:


    Come help us celebrate Freewheelin's 10th birthday! 

    Beginning at 3:00 p.m. we will leave from Freewheelin' located at 3355 Central Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana to enjoy a leisurely no-drop ride on a tour through the wonderful neighborhoods in Indy's Midtown including Freewheelin's home neighborhood of Mapleton Fall Creek.  All ages are welcome.  No Bike?  Freewheelin' will provide one to you at no cost.

    Registration is encouraged and required if you would like to make use of one of Freewheelin's fleet bicycles.

    -Helmets are required

    -All ages welcome. Children under the age of 14 need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian. 

    -No training wheels allowed


    After the ride, join Freewheelin' at the shop around 5:00 p.m. and head over to our Community Partner, Raphael Health Center, 401 E. 34th St. to enjoy some birthday cake, fun party snacks and tasty non-alcoholic beverages while catching up with friends. 

    Learn more about Freewheelin' here:


  • Thu, March 14, 2019 9:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bill Nesper, Executive Director League of American Bicyclists, will be the speaker at the next CIBA/IndyPL Speaker Series, 7 pm Wednesday, March 20th at the Indianapolis Public Library, 40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.  

    Bill first joined the League in 2002 and brings a depth of knowledge of all of the League, it's programs and work throughout the country. Bill started at the League as a membership assistant and since has directed the Smart Cycling bicycling-education program and Bicycle Friendly America certification programs before being appointed Executive Director. 

    A national leader in bicycle planning and policy, Bill has led workshops across the United States, contributed to vital policy and planning guidance, and helped build partnerships to create vibrant, authentic bike cultures and making bicycling safe, comfortable, and open to all. 

    As executive director Bill is more dedicated than ever to helping the League be successful in protecting bicyclists’ rights and leading the movement to create a bicycle-friendly America for everyone. He holds a BA in History from the University of Florida and an MA from George Mason University.

    This event is also being promoted by LAB so it should be a full house.

    Doors open at 6:15 PM. 

    Join us after for refreshments at Too Deep Brewing Company.714 N Capitol Ave.

  • Sat, January 19, 2019 10:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    It's time for the CIBA Swap Meet! We need help with Setup and Teardown, Registration, Admission (new!),  the Bike Corral, and the CIBA Store. Setup will begin at 7 am, sellers arrive at 8, doors open at 9:30, and we close at 1pm.   Setup and Teardown volunteers may also sell, but other positions will be working during selling time.

    Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

    1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/AkZxSqC

    2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

    3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

    Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

    Complete Swap meet information at www.cibaride.org/swap


    Jay Hardcastle

    Director, CIBA Swap Meet / CIBA Board Member.

    email: swap@cibaride.org 

  • Tue, November 20, 2018 7:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Dolly Craft, CIBA Foundation President

    The CIBA Foundation’s 2018 Fundraising Campaign is now underway.  We are hoping to raise $15,000 this year so that we can continue to provide funding for safe cycling projects.  Since our inception in 1997, we have contributed over $450,000 toward some 300 plus projects.

    While we continue to receive support from the Hilly Hundred and NITE rides, our grant requests continue to grow.  Your donation will allow us to continue to fund viable requests that target bicycle safety.

    Just this year, we have funded helmets distributed free to over 750 youth in central Indiana, provided bicycle lights to middle school students in the Fort Wayne area, helped to expand a bicycle trail near Richmond, supported a high school bicycle physical education effort and a trishaw for senior citizens, among many others.  Check out details at our newly enhanced website www.cibafoundation.org.

    While at our website, feel free to go to the Donate page to make a secure donation via Pay Pal. For mail-in donations, see the form in our Fundraising Brochure.

    We need your support.  I hope that you will place safe bicycling and the CIBA Foundation at the top of your list of contributions for this year.  Thank you!

    We provide support to trails across Indiana, such as the Covered Bridge Gateway Trail in Parke County.

  • Wed, November 07, 2018 2:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please join us for our annual pitch-in dinner and elections Saturday November 10th, 2018. Gather at 6:00 with dinner at 6:30.

    Each member is asked to provide a dish to share. CIBA will provide meat (smoked turkey courtesy of Josh Weir) and drinks. The elections will conclude following dinner.

    The church is also accepting donations of canned or boxed items for their Thanksgiving Food Drive.

    Come share a meal and socialize with your fellow CIBA members.

    Location Details:
    First Congregational Church
    7171 N. Pennsylvania St
    Indianapolis IN 46032

  • Tue, September 11, 2018 10:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    SAM"S Bikes is an independent manufacturer of electric bicycles, 8634 US Highway 150, Hardinsburg IN 47125. www.samsbike.co

    Model is XD5 in blue as photo, valued at $1700

    Funds will be going to efforts by CIBA to fund bicycle education in central Indiana.Winner need not be present, E-Bike will be available for pick up in Indianapolis after Monday 10/8/2018.

    Ticket Prices:

    1 ticket $10.00

    3 tickets $25.00


    FRIDAY (in lobby) 5:00 PM TO 10:00 PM

    SATURDAY (in lobby) 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    SATURDAY (by vendor tent) 1:00 PM to 6:30 PM

    If you are not going to be attending the Hilly Hundred and would like to enter the raffle, contact Marc Freeman @ 317-459-8128 to arrange mail purchase 

    (available until 10/1/2018)

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