We are partnering with the City of Austin during their Bike and Urban Trails Plan Open House by providing a Bike Rodeo!
Come provide input on the City’s Bike and Urban Trails Plan and bring the kids, their bike and a helmet. Austin’s Yellow Bike Project will have mechanics on hand to give their bikes a free basic maintenance check. If they don’t have a bike and helmet, or it would be difficult to bring, we will have some extras on hand so they can still participate. Free snacks are being provided by KIND Healthy Snacks. The main meeting will be in the main Rosewood Community Center building on the top of the hill and the rodeo will be set up on the tennis courts along Rosewood Ave.
When: Saturday Feb 22nd from 10am-12pm
Where: Rosewood Park, 78702
A big thanks and shout-out to Austin Yellow Bike for helping make sure our Earn-A-Bike and Maintenance Program at Boys and Girls Club has plenty of kids bikes for the students to work on. We had a trailer of 23 adult sized bikes and bikes with too few parts for us to be able to get running which we dropped off at Yellow Bike’s shop at 1216 Webberville Rd. They then loaded us up with 19 parts complete youth bikes!
A bunch of our previous participants helped unload the bikes and new students have begun signing up to earn their own bike over three weeks sessions. During the classes they will learn to do basic maintenance and repairs and develop sweat equity so they earn and value their new bike.
Dropping off 23 bikes and frames.
Picking up 19 kids bikes.
Excited students helping unload the new to them bikes..
Raquel Mena is a rock star and the instigator of our first clean-up of 2014. While we have been working to keep the LAB I-35 underpass in a reasonably glass and trash free condition since early 2011, Raquel is the first person so far to e-mail me and say that the site is a mess and if I bring our equipment, she will ride over during her lunch break to help us knock it out.
She was pretty surprised it only took the two of us 30min to transform it from a glass and trash covered annoyance to a clean and smooth bikeway. Thanks so much for taking the time and initiative to helping make this City a little bit nicer for us cyclists!
More info on previous projects at this site:
Last Fall we were excited to receive a call from Cynthia Weisinger of the Austin Ridge Riders Mountain Bike Club to give us the heads up that we had been selected as the recipient of their 2013 Cranksgiving fundraiser. They were going to use the event to purchase a new fleet of bikes for their Kids Trips program and wanted to donate the lovingly used fleet that was being replaced. This generous donation will help us increase capacity and enable us to expand the reach of our programs.
Collaborating with the Austin Ridge Riders is is also a great fit for us. They are great at what they do and Rick Chevrie has their monthly Kid Trips program dialled. They are a very active club with lots of members who give tons of volunteer hours maintaining our trails around Central Texas and also providing a supportive forum for novice cyclists, male and female, to try out mounting biking. Plus, we had already had students from our Boys and Girls Club Earn-A-Bike program go on a Kids Trip last Summer.
Thanks again Cynthia, Rick and the entire Austin Ridge Riders membership of this generous gift and we look forward with working with you more in the future months and years to come!
Now that their new fleet is on order, our fleet arrived. Here are a handful of us unloading and hanging the bikes: