The Pedalshift Project 363: C&O But Slow – Part 1

Starting with a semi-eventful train to Cumberland, the tour kicks off at an unexpected pace. But with rain already soaking the trail, and more on the way would the C&O reject my desire for a chill and relaxing start to my trip?


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Celebrate 10 Years of Pedalshift Live 6/8

  • The march to the ten year anniversary of the show commences… Live show to celebrate things June 8th, at 8pm ET. It will be podcasted the following week but always down for some live banter. It’ll be on the YouTube channel and here at pedalshift.net/live.

C&O But Slow – Part 1

  • Introduction

    • Preparing for a bike ride to Union Station
    • Discussing train schedule and potential delays
  • Trip Plans

    • Aiming to reach Potomac Forks
    • Concerns about sunlight and trail conditions
    • Personal health and readiness
  • Bike Setup

    • New gear setup with fork bags
    • Adjustments made for comfort and efficiency
    • Forecast: hot and sticky with potential rain
  • Union Station Departure

    • Chaos with Amtrak procedures and bag tags
    • Interaction with train attendants and passengers
    • Departure and initial impressions
  • Arrival in Cumberland

    • Commentary on Amtrak’s inconsistent procedures
    • Starting the ride on the C&O towpath
  • Trail Conditions

    • Night riding experiences and wildlife encounters
    • Challenges with muddy trail sections
    • Strategies for night riding and trail navigation
  • Camp Setup

    • Passing multiple campsites
    • Decision to push on to Potomac Forks
    • Filtering water and setting up camp in low light
  • Day Zero Reflections

    • Impact of coffee on performance
    • Enjoyment of night riding despite challenges
    • Final campsite setup and reflections on the day
  • Closing Remarks

    • Observations on trail and ride experiences
    • Preparations for the next day’s ride

Statistics

  • Miles biked 18
  • Frogs a babillion
  • Stops to pull mud out of fenders 2
  • Proper bike tags requested by Amtrak personnel 1
  • Bike tags properly procured 0
  • Dark chocolate bars eaten 1
  • Flats 0

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this summer’s upcoming bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart, RIP
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick
Michael Liszewski
Hank O’Donnell
David Zanoni
David Weil
Matthew Sponseller
Chad Reno
Spartan Dale
Carolyn Ferguson
Peggy Littlefield
Lauren Allansmith
Eric Burns
Thomas Pearl
Darrin McKibben
Richard Stewart
Dave Fletcher
Jack Smith
Luke Parkinson
Ryan Patterson
Cyrus Farivar
John Gardiner
Sam Scruggs

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Jason has a new solo album available NOW. Go listen to COMMON TONGUES wherever cool music is available! 

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The Pedalshift Project 362: C&O But Slow Preview

Finding my way back onto the C&O is hardly a surprise, but this spring’s ride is taking a page from my 2024 goals… try to take some of these tours a little more slowly. On this preview episode, we cover how I think it’ll go down.


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C&O But Slow Preview

Celebrate 10 Years of Pedalshift Live 6/8

  • The march to the ten year anniversary of the show commences… Live show to celebrate things June 8th, at 8pm ET. It will be podcasted the following week but always down for some live banter. It’ll be on the YouTube channel and here at pedalshift.net/live.

The basics

  • Full size bike
  • New config (more on that in a moment)
  • Cumberland with Amtrak from DC and then… ?
  • Going with a stove this time
  • All camping
  • Forecast looks like rain
  • I’m getting over a cold, so not sure how that will impact things

New config?

  • The front rack from last season is fine but I want to try something new
  • Found I couldn’t get the bike in the Dogsbody bag last year and I didn’t want to keep having to install/unintall. Might end up on my ebike?
  • Solution: Fork bags + Hanging sleep kit from bars
  • 7L each side
  • Very narrow – a little too narrow?
  • Allows me to be a bit more nimble

Pacing

  • First night will be close to a new moon unfortunately
  • Would love to do 20 miles even though it’s night riding
  • Don’t have specific plans for any particular campsites
  • The end of the tour is up in the air… I have two options (Martinsburg and Harpers Ferry) so if I’m really enjoying the riding, I can make the miles. But if I’m enjoying the vibes (or other things) I can make this a shorter trip with some road riding on the final day

Food/water

  • Will likely carry more food than I have on past trips 
  • BUT going to do backpacking meals. Keeping it simple and light
  • NPS no longer treats the wells, so I have a new gravity fed water filter. Trying not to carry as much as I have in the past
  • Stove needed for meals, so I can at also enjoy coffee
  • Weather
  • Looks wet but not hot. Will be prepared
  • This might be the thing that impacts choosing a short or long ride… trail conditions, preferring to stay in the tent for a morning rain, etc. etc.

Other stuff

  • Paw Paw tunnel is reopened!
  • Not intending on climbing up to stay at my cabin (although it’s a backup option)
  • Name of the game is slow and steady and enjoying the ride rather than just banging out miles. Would have preferred a little more riding time on Saturday to spread it out a bit more

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this summer’s upcoming bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart, RIP
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick
Michael Liszewski
Hank O’Donnell
David Zanoni
David Weil
Matthew Sponseller
Chad Reno
Spartan Dale
Carolyn Ferguson
Peggy Littlefield
Lauren Allansmith
Eric Burns
Thomas Pearl
Darrin McKibben
Richard Stewart
Dave Fletcher
Jack Smith
Luke Parkinson
Ryan Patterson
Cyrus Farivar
John Gardiner
Sam Scruggs

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Jason has a new solo album available NOW. Go listen to COMMON TONGUES wherever cool music is available! 

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Best of Pedalshift 106: Beginners Series (2018)

Are you brand new to bicycle touring or like seeing things through the eyes of a first-timer? You’re in luck! On this episode, we revisit  the 2018 Pedalshift bicycle touring beginners series, following James from NYC on his journey to his first bicycle tour. Originally podcast February 8, 2018.

Best of Pedalshift 106: Beginners Series (2018)

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Can We Rent (Or Share) That?

On this episode, we will discuss how nonprofits can respond when they are asked to share their resources with others. Whether it’s data, a mailing list, office space, or something else of value, your nonprofit needs to know what to do when asked to share its assets with other people and groups. And guess what! Your organization’s tax status will come into play. If you’re a 501(c)(3), you need to be particularly careful, especially when interacting with non-(c)(3)s. We’ll dive in deep and answer the question “Can We Rent (or Share) That?” in the minutes to come.

 

Our Attorneys for This Episode:

Monika Graham

Natalie Ossenfort

Victor Rivera

 

General Principles when sharing resources and working with other organizations:

·      Principle #1: Moving resources from a 501(c)(4) to a 501(c)(3) is simpler from a legal standpoint than the reverse (uphill / downhill principle).

·      Principle #2: Your tax-exempt status follows you into your transactions with others.

·      Principle #3: Documentation is important.

·      Principle #4: Stay in your lane.

 

What does this have to do with renting and exchanging resources?

·      501(c)(3)s are prohibited from supporting or opposing candidates, including making contributions to candidates and political organizations.

·      501(c)(3)s should not provide resources to a 527 without charge. Instead, they should rent or sell these types of assets for fair market value and make them equally available to any other political entities that request them.

o   Best practice is to use a list broker.

·      When supporting the work of (c)(4)s, which can engage in some partisan political activity, 501(c)(3)s must be mindful to protect their assets and to ensure that they aren’t giving away their lists, data, and spaces for partisan political use for free and that any rental transactions are well documented and comply with the law.

 

Can our (c)(3) rent out event space to candidates and other types of organizations?

·      Whether something constitutes impermissible support or opposition of candidate depends on the facts and circumstances. Some things the IRS considers in the event space rental context include (Rev. Rul. 2007-41):

o   Whether the facility is available to all candidates in the same election on an equal basis,

o   Whether the fees charged to candidates are at the organization’s customary and usual rates,

o   Whether the activity is an ongoing activity of the organization or whether it is conducted only for a particular candidate, and more!

·      Discussion of two examples.

 

What about newsletter ad space?

·      If a 501(c)(3) rents / sells ad space in its newsletter or other publications, it can offer that same service to others (even candidates), but it must charge fair market value and allow all entities and candidates the same access without regard to political preferences.

o   Remember to indicate which ads are “paid advertising” in the publication.

·      If it usually gives out ad space for free (instead of requiring a financial transaction), it could potentially do the same with other organizations, but all free content must be nonpartisan.

·      What if a (c)(4) has a newsletter and wants to provide ad space to a (c)(3)?

o   It’s easier for (c)(4)’s to share resources with (c)(3)s since (c)(4)s can do everything (c)(3)s can do, and more!

o   A 501(c)(4) could rent space to the (c)(3) for fair market value or give it away for free.

 

Voter Registration Files

·      501(c)(3)s should not freely share with partisan organizations the voter registration lists or other data that it collects during voter registration or education activities.

·      This information is a valuable asset owned by the 501(c)(3). Voter registration files may only be rented to a 501(c)(4) or 527 at fair market value or exchanged for data of equal value. Even then, the circumstances in which these agreements can be made are complex, so it’s wise to get legal advice.

·      This type of agreement can also cause opposing parties or groups to raise their eyebrows and question the legality of the transaction. Before engaging in this type of transaction, figure out how much risk your organization is willing to incur.

 

501(c)(3)s can’t give things away for free to non (c)(3)s that could potentially use the (c)(3)’s assets for partisan political purposes. So, if you’re thinking about sharing your organization’s resources with others, exercise caution and consult with counsel when needed.

 

Resources:[NO1] 

 

Rules of the Game

Election Checklist for 501(c)(3) Public Charities

The Connection

Coalition Checklist

Rev. Rul. 2007-41

Monika, can you add a resource link to that revenue ruling you cited in the event space discussion? [NO1]

The Pedalshift Project 361: The Science of Cycling

Ever wonder why it’s harder to cycle up a hill? Or why it’s easier to ride on smooth asphalt with skinny tires instead of wide tires on gravel? Turns out, there’s an answer: SCIENCE! On this edition, we delve into the (very) basics on what works against us while riding, and how we convert food into motion!


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The Science of Cycling

Programming notes

  • Best of next week
  • Spring tour preview the week after, followed by the tour journal!
  • The march to the ten year anniversary of the show commences… Live show to celebrate things June 8th, time TBA, but mark it down now. It will be podcasted the following week but always down for some live banter. 

The Physics of Cycling

1. Rolling Resistance

  • Definition: Explain rolling resistance as the force that opposes the motion when an object (like a bicycle tire) rolls on a surface.
  • Factors Affecting Rolling Resistance:
    • Tire Type and Pressure: Soft tires or low pressure increases resistance.
    • Surface Type: Rough surfaces like gravel increase resistance compared to smooth surfaces like pavement.
  • Real-World Example: Compare how it feels to ride a bike on a sandy beach versus a smooth bike path.

2. Air Resistance (Drag)

  • Definition: Air resistance is the force air exerts against a moving object.
  • Factors Affecting Air Resistance:
    • Speed: The faster you go, the more air resistance you face.
    • Rider’s Position and Shape: Explain how being more streamlined (like bending low on the bike) reduces air resistance.
  • Practical Tip: Demonstrate with hands outstretched vs. hands close to the body while riding to feel the difference.

3. Energy and Power

  • Energy Definition: The ability to do work, like pedaling a bike.
  • Power Definition: How quickly you can use energy (pedal) to move.
  • Conversion of Energy: Discuss how food energy converts into mechanical energy to pedal.
  • Measurement: Mention that power can be measured in watts, like how bright a light bulb is.

4. Gravity and Hills

  • Gravity’s Effect on Cycling:
    • Uphill: Gravity makes it harder to pedal uphill because you are working against it.
    • Downhill: Gravity helps you go faster downhill.
  • Energy Use: Explain how more energy is needed to pedal uphill and less energy is used when coasting downhill.
  • Practical Tips:
    • Gear Usage: Using lower gears on uphill and higher gears on flat or downhill.

The Biomechanics of Riding

1. Human-Bike Interaction

  • Pedaling Efficiency:
    • Definition: How effectively a rider can convert their energy into motion.
    • Factors Affecting Efficiency: Foot position on the pedals, the smoothness of pedaling, and maintaining a steady rhythm.
  • Ergonomics of Bicycle Frames and Riding Positions:
    • Frame Size and Shape: Importance of having a bike frame that fits the rider’s body to avoid discomfort.
    • Riding Position: Discuss how different riding positions (upright vs. leaned forward) affect comfort and speed.
  • Practical Tip: How to adjust a bike to fit (seat height, handlebar position).

2. Muscle Work and Efficiency

  • Muscle Groups Involved in Cycling:
    • Main Muscles: Legs (quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves), but also mention the core and arms for balance and control.
  • Efficiency in Muscle Use:
    • Warm-Up: Importance of warming up muscles to prevent injuries and improve performance.
    • Stamina and Strength: How regular riding improves muscle strength and cardiovascular health.
  • Bicycle fitting can improve efficiencies

3. The Role of Gearing

  • What is Gearing?:
    • Definition: Gearing is a way to adjust how hard or easy it is to pedal.
    • How Gears Work: Explain the basics of chainrings and cogs and how changing gears changes the resistance felt when pedaling.
  • Choosing the Right Gear:
    • Uphill and Downhill Riding: Using lower gears for uphill to make pedaling easier, and higher gears for downhill or flat surfaces to go faster.
    • Cadence: Keeping a steady pedaling speed (cadence) to maintain efficiency.
  • Practical Tip: Encourage trying different gears during a ride to find what feels best for different terrains.

 

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this summer’s upcoming bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart, RIP
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick
Michael Liszewski
Hank O’Donnell
David Zanoni
David Weil
Matthew Sponseller
Chad Reno
Spartan Dale
Carolyn Ferguson
Peggy Littlefield
Lauren Allansmith
Eric Burns
Thomas Pearl
Darrin McKibben
Richard Stewart
Dave Fletcher
Jack Smith
Luke Parkinson
Ryan Patterson
Cyrus Farivar
John Gardiner
Sam Scruggs

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Jason has a new solo album available NOW. Go listen to COMMON TONGUES wherever cool music is available! 

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The Pedalshift Project 360: Mindfulness and Bicycle Travel

When we talk about mindfulness in bicycle travel, we mean paying close attention to our experiences and feelings while we are biking. Sometimes this is a natural thing to do and doesn’t require any added thought, and sometimes it’s helpful to be intentional about it because it can often enhance your travel. On this edition, we talk about how bicycling can be a mindfulness practice.


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Mindfulness and Bicycle Travel

1. Introduction to Mindfulness in Bicycle Travel

  • Definition of mindfulness in the context of biking
  • Importance of being present and enjoying each moment of the ride
  • Concepts of self-awareness and non-judgmental observation
  • Benefits of mindfulness for enhancing the enjoyment of bike trips

2. Mindful Preparation and Planning

  • The role of careful planning and setting intentions for bike trips
  • Choosing routes and destinations mindfully
  • How mindful planning enhances connection to the adventure

3. Experiencing Joy While Riding

  • The practice of being present during bike rides
  • Techniques for staying mindful, like deep breathing and sensory attention
  • Examples of joyful moments experienced by other cyclists

4. Mindful Encounters with Nature and Culture

  • Opportunities for connecting with nature and local communities during rides
  • Importance of openness and curiosity in these encounters

5. Overcoming Challenges with Mindfulness

  • Facing physical and environmental challenges during bike trips
  • Using mindfulness to manage difficult situations calmly
  • Stories of cyclists who overcame obstacles through mindfulness

6. Featured Stories

  • Story 1: The Hill and the Hawk
  • Story 2: Raindrops and Revelations
  • Story 3: The Sunset Cycle

As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this summer’s upcoming bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.

Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Harry Telgadas
Chris Barron
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Mr. T
Nathan Poulton
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Greg Braithwaite
Sandy Pizzio
Jeff Muster
Seth Pollack
Joseph Quinn
Drue Porter
Byron Paterson
Joachim Raber
Ray Jackson
Jeff Frey
Kenny Mikey
Lisa Hart
John Denkler
Steve Hankel
Miguel Quinones
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes
Keith Spangler
Greg Towner
Dan Gebhart, RIP
Jody Dzuranin
Lucas Barwick
Michael Baker
Brian Bechtol
Reinhart Bigl
Greg Middlemis
Connie Moore
William Gothmann
Brian Benton
Joan Churchill
Mike Bender
Rick Weinberg
Billy Crafton
Gary Matushak
Greg L’Etoile-Lopes
James Sloan
Jonathan Dillard
John Funk
Tom Bilcze
Ronald Piroli
Dave Roll
Brian Hafner
Misha LeBlanc
Ari Messinger
David Gratke
Todd Groesbeck
Wally Estrella
Sue Reinert
John Leko
Stephen Granata
Phillip Mueller
Robert Lackey
Dominic Carol
Jacqi McCulloch
John Hickman
Carl Presseault
David Neves
Patty Louise
Terry Fitzgerald
Peter Steinmetz
Timothy Fitzpatrick
Michael Liszewski
Hank O’Donnell
David Zanoni
David Weil
Matthew Sponseller
Chad Reno
Spartan Dale
Carolyn Ferguson
Peggy Littlefield
Lauren Allansmith
Eric Burns
Thomas Pearl
Darrin McKibben
Richard Stewart
Dave Fletcher
Jack Smith
Luke Parkinson
Ryan Patterson
Cyrus Farivar
John Gardiner
Sam Scruggs

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Jason has a new solo album available NOW. Go listen to COMMON TONGUES wherever cool music is available! 

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Ballot Measure Advocacy Takeaways from the 2024 BISC Conference

On this special edition from the BISC (Ballot Initiative Strategy Center) Road Ahead 2024 conference held in Las Vegas, we bring our takeaways from our sessions on ballot measure advocacy, including handling misinformation, tips on campaigning, garnering cross-ideological support and more.

 

Lawyers on this episode:

Sarah Efthymiou

Tim Mooney

 

 

Handling misinformation in ballot measure campaigns

   – Strategies to counter misinformation and disinformation.

   – Focus on highlighting correct information rather than amplifying incorrect details.

 

How campaigning against ballot measure proponents is different than candidates

   – Discussion on conservative influencer, Brian Haywood.

   – His influence on ballot initiatives in Washington.

   – How non-candidates can be criticized without impacting tax-exempt status for 501(c)(3)s

 

Cross-Ideological Support for Ballot Initiatives

   – How ballot measure work reflects populist views and forms unlikely coalitions.

   – Examples from various states including Florida’s cross-ideological support for returning citizens’ rights.

 

Role of Funders in Advocacy

   – The importance of funders in supporting grantees beyond financial contributions.

   – Tips on early funding and building infrastructure for effective campaigns.

 

Conference Resources and Recommendations

Ballot Initiative Strategy Center

Seize the Initiative

Bolder Advocacy’s ballot measures toolkit

 

The Pedalshift Project 359: Urban Bike Touring

So much of our bike travel is out on the open road, or along some back country trail. But what about the cities? On this edition, we talk about how to make cities and suburban riding a fun and enjoyable part of your next urban bike tour!


The Pedalshift Project 359: Urban Bike Touring

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Urban Bike Touring

Planning Your Urban Adventure

– route planning in urban areas.

– researching bike-friendly cities and regions.

– know the area and any rules of paths

Choosing the Right Bike and Gear

– bike and gear choices for urban touring.

– have a flexible setup

– Gear recommendations – locks, lights, and bags

Navigating Cities and Suburbs

– Tips for navigating city streets safely and confidently.

– Discuss bike lanes, bike-sharing programs, and public transportation integration.

– Strategies for dealing with traffic and busy intersections.

Finding Accommodations

– Roofed vs unroofed

-hotels, hostels, rentals, camping.

– Plan ahead vs. staying flexible

Immerse Yourself

– Highlight the unique cultural experiences that urban touring offers.

– Suggestions for exploring local cuisine, art, and events.

– Best experiences – NYC, Tampa, SF, LA, San Diego

Challenges 

– theft concerns and bike security.

– “bad parts of the city” may be real or may be reverse hype

– comfort over all else

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Election Season Advocacy: What Your Foundation Needs to Know

Guess What! It’s 2024, which means we have a BIG election on the horizon. Not only will voters take to the polls to decide who will be our next President, but they’ll also be invited to speak their voice in relation to ballot measures and down ballot races that will impact our laws and determine who will represent us in local government, state legislatures, Congress, the courts, and more! With so much at stake, many private and public foundations may be curious whether they have a role to play. The answer is YES! And, this episode of the podcast will discuss the rules foundations need to know when funding and engaging in nonpartisan election activities.

Attorneys for this show

Monika Graham, Tim Mooney, Natalie Ossenfort

Show Notes

·       General rule: private and public foundations (as 501(c)(3) organizations) are permitted to engage in and fund nonpartisan election season activities.

o   No support or opposition of candidates for public office (including candidates running in “nonpartisan” races)

o   No telling people who to vote for on their ballots or encouraging them to vote for particular political parties

o   Keep it NONPARTISAN. The facts and circumstances matter.

o   Remember that special rules will apply to private foundations when it comes to voter registration activities and ballot measures (discussed later in this episode)

 

·       General GOTV Activities (not talking voter registration here)

o   Both private and public foundations are permitted to engage in nonpartisan get-out-the-vote (GOTV) activities

§  Avoid referencing parties or candidates

§  Do not suggest who people should vote for

§  Use nonpartisan targeting only

o   Examples

§  Communications posted on social media reminding readers that “Your Vote is Your Voice” without reference to candidates and parties and without suggesting that people vote for candidates who have particular stance on issues of importance to the foundation

§  Communications circulated at local events that remind people to “Vote. It’s Easy!” and provide information on where, when, and how to vote.

·       Make sure you get the information correct

·       Don’t target your outreach based on partisan criteria (i.e. populations / communities who you think are likely to vote for certain types of candidates)

o   As always, remember that other laws (like state law) may apply to your work in addition to the tax code rules requiring nonpartisanship.

 

·       Candidate Education

o   Offer educational resources and materials to ALL candidates

o   Provide only information that is previously gathered

§  Avoid generating and analyzing new data or conducting new research per a candidate’s request

§  But, do feel free to point candidates to information posted publicly on your website

o   What if a candidate or campaign staffer calls your offices asking for talking points for an upcoming rally? Resist the urge to provide them with that information because it equates to an impermissible candidate contribution.

 

·       Voter Registration

o   501(c)(3) Public charities are permitted to engage in and fund nonpartisan voter registration activities.

§  This means that not only can community foundations directly fund their public charity grantees’ voter registration drives, but they can also engage in voter registration themselves.

§  Just remember to keep it nonpartisan and to follow state and federal law.

o   Now private foundations are subject to more restrictive rules when it comes to voter registration.

§  Private foundation cannot fund voter registration drives whether they are doing it themselves or making grants earmarked for them – unless the drive is nonpartisan and conducted in 5 or more states over multiple election cycles

§  This means that many of their public charity grantees’ will not be eligible to receive grants that are earmarked for voter registration.

§  BUT, it does NOT mean that public charities can’t use funds provided through a general support grant for nonpartisan voter registration purposes.

 

·       What about ballot measures?

o   Ballot measures are effectively pieces of legislation, and it’s the voting public with the power to vote on them.

o   Whether it’s a bond proposal, constitutional amendment, or other type of initiative, public charities are allowed to support or oppose ballot measures.

o   But, because of their legislative nature, support or opposition of measures qualifies as lobbying.

o   Public charities (like community foundations) are limited in how much lobbying they are permitted to do under the tax code and should count their ballot measure activities (and grants earmarked for ballot measure advocacy) against their lobbying limits.

o   Private foundations are effectively prohibited from lobbying due to a steep excise tax imposed by the tax code. As such, they should avoid supporting or opposing measures and earmarking grants for that purpose.

 

Resources

·       Investing in Change: https://afj.org/resource/investing-in-change-a-funders-guide-to-supporting-advocacy/

·       Community Foundations

o   Rules of the Game a Guide to Election Related Activities: https://afj.org/resource/the-rules-of-the-game-a-guide-to-election-related-activities-for-501c3-organizations/

o   Election Checklist for Public Charities: https://afj.org/resource/election-checklist-for-501c3-public-charities-ensuring-election-year-advocacy-efforts-remain-nonpartisan/

·       Private Foundations

o   Voter Registration Rules for Private Foundations: https://afj.org/resource/voter-registration-rules-for-private-foundations/

o   Voter Engagement Messaging and Activities for Private Foundations: https://afj.org/resource/voter-engagement-messaging-and-activities-for-private-foundations/

·       Election Activities of Individuals Associated with Private and Public Foundations: https://afj.org/resource/election-activities-of-individuals-associated-with-501c3-organizations/

·       4/17 Public Webinar on Foundations and Election-Related Activities: https://secure.everyaction.com/7TbHTruU2EOizr289QaNUw2?emci=c121c8f7-80eb-ee11-aaf0-002248223794&emdi=d570d8a8-0fed-ee11-aaf0-002248223794&ceid=2918047