For all those interested who couldn't make it to the meeting, here's what we went over. We're setting up a smaller email group among those who came to the meeting to coordinate flyering at events, etc, so if you'd like to be added to that send us an email.
-We'll be flyering businesses, bike shops, etc around the St. Louis area.
-We'll also be distributing quarter sheets at various events, including FBC rides, Metro East Pride Festival, Tower Grove Park Pride Festival, and outdoor concerts (Twilight Tuesdays, Missouri Botanical Garden, etc).
How you can help:
-Make copies of flyer/quarter sheets and distribute them on your own. Hand out quarter sheets, especially at events.
-You can also contact us if you'd like to distribute the flyers in a group at the previously mentioned events, or if you have more event suggestions.
-At Velocity Cafe on Saturday, August 8 at 7 pm. Mingle with fellow cyclists. Dinner (percentage of proceeds will be going to WNBR) as well as live music and screen printing t-shirts and patches with our logo. You can bring your own t-shirt/cloth to screen print for free; otherwise, we'll have some t-shirts and other material that you can buy.
On that note, does anybody have music suggestions for that night? It would be great if it would be a band willing to play for free. Velocity is willing to host musicians at no charge.
-We'll be sending press releases closer to the date of the ride to Post Dispatch, RFT, KDHX, and other local media outlets. We're compiling a massive list of contacts.
Coordinating with businesses-
-We're going to try to work with South Grand/Tower Grove businesses to see if they'll give discounts/freebie drinks/desserts or other benefits to cyclists during the week before the ride. It would be great if this could be a city-wide permanent initiative to encourage cycling.
Check the wiki for our updated route (http://nakedwiki.org/index.php?title=Saint_Louis). We're open to suggestions. New spots: the Loop, CWE.
We are going into U City for a short bit, so we'll be contacting U City police about the ride ASAP. We'll also contact important loop business folks for support.
We'll stick with Stupp Plaza. Possibly some folk musicians will accompany us, hopefully some food from Food Not Bombs like last year. We're also going to try something new: we're going to ask local bike mechanics (in particular from A & M and Bikeworks) to see if they'll help out cyclists before the ride.
Atomic Cowboy like last year. A few changes: bike racks will be set up in advance, more space on the patio open to cyclists, and volunteers will be available to help others with directions if necessary.
To make things easier, we're going to encourage cyclists to check our wiki site beforehand to become familiar with the route/ending location.
On another note, is anybody a master with couchsurfing? It would be great to encourage cyclist travelers to swing on by Saint Louis and have a free place to stay during the event. Couchsurfing might also be a good tool for publicity in general, as well.
Let us know if you have any other questions/suggestions. Get excited!