It was a busy week around Revolutions. We began the bike safety portion of our Christmas Kids’ Bike project. Twenty-eight children gathered, Monday, to talk about rules of the road and bike safety. Do you know that game Wheelbarrow? One child puts hands on their floor and has a friend hold their feet. I told the kids the “wheelbarrow” was really a bicycle. And the child holding the feet was the rider. To play the game, the kids had to cross the room, signaling turns as they were called, without dumping their “bicycle.” The kids did a great job!
Half of them then joined us, on Thursday at Revolutions, for a Bike Rodeo. Unlike the saying, it was my first rodeo. I learned some things for next time, but I think a fun time was had by all. You still have a chance to help out with this project. We have a couple more bikes to finish, this afternoon (from 2 to 6). Our next Bike Rodeo is Monday, Dec 15 (volunteers are needed from 3 to 6), and our Donation Day Celebration is Saturday, Dec 20. For the 20th, we need all sorts of helpers, including folks to be Group Ride Buddies. If you can help, sign up here!
And Then, We Had Kidical Mass
With almost 50 participants, I think our second Kidical Mass ride was successful. This time Revolutions partnered up with Snowden School and Overton Park Conservancy to host a ride that started that the Storywalk. The Storywalk is a trail beside the East Parkway playground where a book is posted page by page. Readers walk or roll along to read the whole thing. The book unveiled today is Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen about a little girl who builds her own bicycle out of scrap yard junk. I think it may be Revolutions new signature book!
Overton Park was a great setting for this Kidical Mass because we were able to offer two rides. One, for the kids on balance bikes, trikes and training wheels, as well as strollers, went along the Storywalk. They actually read the story as they rolled along! The second group was older kids and we went through the Old Woods Forest for just over two miles. And of course, we stopped at the Bike Arch, because I can’t roll past without a stop as this awesome landmark!
How About a Christmas Party?!
This was quite a year, for Revolutions. Early in the year, we received word that the Hyde Family Foundations gave us a matching grant. And now, just this month, we made our match, thanks to generous contributions from the Assisi Foundation, the Poplar Foundation and First Congregational Church.
Throughout most of the year, the Shop was run by volunteer leaders who did an excellent job keeping the doors open and offering Shop activities for lots of members, new and old. Thanks go especially to Keith Norman, Mark Allen and Gene Carkeet.
For a little Revolutions-by-the-Numbers, we now have close to 200 active members. Almost 50 women participated in this Fall’s Women’s Bike Chats. 90+ kids and grown-ups rode in two Kidical Mass rides, plus all those who participated in three other Wee Ride group rides. And over 40 volunteers worked on the Christmas Kids’ Bike project. And this is just a taste of what we accomplished, this year!
So, won’t you join us to celebrate all that we’ve done?! We’ll have cookies and something warm to drink on Thursday, December 18 from 6:30 to 8:30. Stop in, recount some fun ways you joined in with Revolutions this year and celebrate all that we did, together!
And Don’t Forget: Women’s Bike Chat, Next Sunday!
No sitting to chat this month, just chatting while riding! Join us, at 2:00, all bundled up, to ride to for some hot chocolate. Maybe we’ll stop at the Cleveland Ave Flea Market, on the way. We’ll definitely have good company and good conversation!
And please wear a helmet. Revolutions sponsored rides require helmets. You can borrow one, if you need to!