Winter can be tough for cyclists. The constantly fluctuating weather (this past weekend is a good example), snow and salt covered roads, reduced hours of daylight….all combine to create a season which is not conducive to getting outside to ride for fun, let alone riding to work or the grocery store.
However, even during these dark days at the beginning of the year, IndyCog is busy planning out our programming for 2016 and beyond. We're already working on Bike To Work Day 2016, scheduling Bike With The Board Rides, and working on bicycling related workshops and other events. Additionally, IndyCog's staff and board of directors have just finalized a series of strategic goals with an eye towards helping Indianapolis advance from a Bronze Bicycle Friendly City Rating to a Silver Level by 2019.
And we need your help to accomplish that Silver Level. A membership based organization such as IndyCog finds its strength from its members. Not only do members help IndyCog financially, but our membership is the best source of volunteers for various events throughout the year, and provide the basis for influence that IndyCog has in the community and when working with local government and potential commercial sponsors. Simply put, the more members we have, the more we can get done in our city. To help us towards on this front, IndyCog is launching its Winter Membership Drive from today to March 9, 2016.
For the past 5 years IndyCog has enjoyed a solid base of members, but the truth is, that number has remained flat. If IndyCog is to continue its advocacy efforts, and expand its programming, our membership needs a boost. For this drive, our goal is to get 40 new or renewing lapsed memberships by the end of the drive on March 9. And this is where you can help. If you are already a member, great, and thank you. If your membership has lapsed, now is a great time to join us on our mission. If you think you know someone who should be a member, forward them a link to this post and encourage them to join. IndyCog has several types of memberships available, and new this year, we are happy to provide an auto renewal membership option. Please take a look at https://indycog.org/membership for full details on our membership options.
As a bonus, any new or renewing lapsed members will have their name put into a drawing to win one of five $20 gift certificates to Bicycle Garage Indianapolis. Also,on March 8, 2016, IndyCog will be hosting one of its recurring Bike with the Board rides around downtown Indianapolis. These rides are a great chance to meet and chat with members of IndyCog's board of directors and staff members about cycling in Indianapolis while enjoying a group bike ride (fingers crossed the weather is good!). Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for more details in the next few days.
We hope that you will join us in making Indianapolis a more cycling friendly city where cycling is a viable and accepted means of recreation and everyday transportation. With your support, IndyCog will continue to advocate for cyclists in Indianapolis, monitor the city's progress on cycling initiatives, and work with our community partners for the benefit of all cyclists.