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CACDA seeks more cyclists with new BikeCaz project

— Now, in 2014, CACDA is starting to plan their latest project — BikeCaz.

The intent of BikeCaz is to elevate the community’s visibility as a cycling destination, Lines said. Recently, cycling has become of high interest as a vacation activity. Cazenovia would like to attract bikers to the community as they tend to be low-impact visitors who stay and enjoy the village — and they look for destinations and small towns such as Cazenovia.

Although CACDA just started the planning process for BikeCaz, they hope to be able to install new bike racks around the village and assess local roads and businesses to determine which ones are bicycle-friendly. In order to become a bicycle-friendly business, a community must complete a bicycle-friendly-approval application and be selected by the League of American Bicyclists, said Maxine Lammers, Upstate Institute Field School Fellow and a CACDA summer intern.

“A bicycle-friendly business as the League of American bicyclists defines it would be one that promotes its employees to bike to work; they have storage facilities during the day and during the work hours; it also encourages customers and supporters of the business to bike to the business and then they also have facilities that make biking to work comfortable for the employees,” Lammers said.

Lines said the project will not be a significant community expense as the concept is mainly analyzing Cazenovia on its bike-friendliness. The biggest cost for the program would be installing bike racks throughout the community, she said. Since CACDA is still in the planning process, however, it is looking for community members to get involved.

“At this point, it seems that the beauty of this program is that it’s mostly volunteer time,” Lines said. “We have a committee of about seven community members and we are open if anybody in the community is interested, we are open to having additional committee members.”

For more information about GoCaz, visit the website at GoCaz.com.

Anyone interested in getting involved in CACDA or who may have questions, may contact Lauren Lines at 655-7651 or at lines@cacda.net.

Ashley Wolf is a summer intern with the Cazenovia Republican. She can be reached at ashleyjcwolf@gmail.com.

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