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The Fun We’re Having

It’s hard to show you how much fun we’re having with the Bicycle Ambassadors. The school district doesn’t allow us to take pictures of the children! But I think the fact that seven or eight adults are showing up every week to help out says this program is one to be a part of.

This week, our two new riders almost mastered learning to ride. In fact, three of our volunteers are bringing their kindergartners and first grader to the club meetings. And those kids have learned to ride, too!

For the more experienced riders, we continued our skill practice of stopping and signaling at intersections. Then, we tried out the bike lanes on McLean and Cooper! While we were warming up, we took a ride from Young Ave, down Barksdale, to new Elsey. On the way, I overheard one Bicycle Ambassador comment to his friend, “I didn’t know we were leaving Cooper-Young, today. I mean, we’re still in Midtown, but we’re not in Cooper-Young.” (We were a mere four blocks from the school. But I’m sure it felt like we were covering a lot of ground, rolling along as we were). And in the end, they road a total of three miles!

Thanks to all of you who donated and built bikes and those who are coming out to help. This program is not just about getting kids on bicycles. We are connecting neighbors and giving these kids a new freedom to move about our city!

A Sad Goodbye and a Happy Hello

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We are extremely grateful to Melinda Parra, who acted as our consulting mechanic for the last six months. She provided excellent advice and expertise around the Shop. And she turned out a lot of Overhaul’d bikes. We’re sad to say goodbye as Melinda moves on to Washington DC. But we wish her the best in her new bicycling adventures!

 

We are pleased to welcome Doug DuBose, to the Shop. If you’ve  been in recently on a IMG_5327Monday or Thursday, you may have already met him. Doug says of himself,

“I love bikes and I’ve been riding since I was five years old. It’s the easiest and most fun way to stay in shape. I’ve been wrenching, at the pro level, for five years, but I’ve worked with tools all of my life. I prefer road riding, mostly, because I can just walk outside and start riding, as opposed to going somewhere by car and then starting a ride.”

We’re pleased to have Doug in the Shop for 30 hours per week. He will be helping us raise money for our programs by overhauling bikes to sell, fixing up bikes for folks who don’t want to do it themselves and answering our hard questions.  And starting next weekend, we will again be open on Saturdays for retail and service. Welcome, Doug!

Women’s Bike Chat — TODAY at 2:00 p.m.!

If it’s not rainy, let’s swap bicycles for our post-chat ride. Bring a favorite to show the group. Tell us why you like it. Then try out someone else’s favorite! Revolutions also has several you can try out. Cargo bikes, anyone?!

For our chat, we’re talking about spring and summer plans, plus making more bike art.

We hope you’ll join us!

Basic Bike Assessment Class — Tomorrow!

This month’s 3rd Monday class is Basic Bike Assessment. Have you been wondering about how you could get involved, at Revolutions? This class serves as a great introduction. You will have a chance to look over your bike and make a list of all the things you would like to work on. Join us, Monday, April 18, at 6:30. This class is for FREE and for members only. But you can join online, or when you show up!

And on Saturday…

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What’s Happening This Week
April 17–24

Sunday:
2:00 p.m.              Women’s Bike Chat
2:00-6:00 p.m.   
Members’ Open Shop,
plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    Training Fleet Overhaul Night

Thursday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
 Training Fleet Overhaul Night

Friday:
10:00 a.m.              First Congo Easy Riders TriCycles ride

Saturday
8:30a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Retail Shop Open
10:00-11:30 a.m.  Community Bike Rodeo
 at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers’ Market

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.     Members’ Open Shop,
plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Coming Up, Soon!

Monday, May 16:
6:30-9:00:               Fix a Flat

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June 6-10: Summer Camps for Rising 4th, 5th, & 6th graders

June 13-17: Summer Camps for Rising 7th, 8th, & 9th graders

June 20-24: Summer Camps for Rising 10th, 11th, & 12th graders

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