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Pilot Program a Decided Success!

Well, we had quite a week. We completed the first-ever Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative Bicycle Ambassadors program. For the duration of the semester, we worked with children in the 3rd through 4th grades, at Peabody Elementary school. We aimed to teach the Bicycle Ambassadors how to use a bicycle for active transportation to their school. And we hoped that they would encourage others to try bicycle riding, too.

At the beginning of the semester, two of our Bicycle Ambassadors could not even ride a

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We were also featured in the Commercial Appeal!

bicycle. And, three of our adult volunteers had Kindergartners and a 1st grader who also couldn’t ride. All five of these children are now riding like pros!

On Thursday, we celebrated all of their hard work with a Celebration Ride. We were joined by Peabody  Principal, teachers and staff, as well as volunteers, parents and funders. We received some really nice press coverage from Action News 5 and the Shelby County schools, as well as two pictures in the local section of the Commercial Appeal.

Check out our videos here (we can finally show you what fun the kids were having!):

 

A BIG, HUGE thank you goes out to our many wonderful volunteers who made this program possible. They were:

Mark Allen And from the Rhodes College Nu Rho Psi club:
Ellen Cumba
Nicole Davila
Jamie Doss
Anne Dugan Alexis Smith
Johnny Garner Madeline Davis
Bill Gallops Katie Hatstaf
Carly Haithcock Chloe Hundman
Dave Lindstrom Jake Hartline
David McGee Charles Mansour
Susan McKnight Mallory Morris
Jackie Nerren Mohib Khan
Jenni Pappas
Jon Pegg

 

Riding the Neighborhood

IMG_3883Almost lost in the excitement of completing the Bicycle Ambassadors program was a ride with several teenagers. It’s actually thanks to my 3 year old that I connected with Whitney Williams from RedZone Ministries. We were all stuck waiting for a train, my kids and me on a bicycle and Whitney driving a van load of teens to the library. We invited them to come riding with us, and they did!

Whitney runs after school programming in Orange Mound. She mentioned that several of IMG_3882her teens are interested in having some bikes to ride and learning to keep them in working order. So, she brought them over to Revolutions for a neighborhood ride, on our bicycles. We led them through Cooper-Young to show how they could regularly ride through the neighborhoods. Just like the Bicycle Ambassadors, they were tired at the end! But Whitney had the good idea to ride to Muddy’s Bake Shop. Over cupcakes and ice water, we had a chance to chat about why bicycles are a good way to get around Memphis, and how we could work together to get more Orange Mound teens on bikes.

We look forward to more collaboration with these teenagers!

 

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Our new How to Ride in the Street class begins this afternoon, at 2:00. This four-part class will teach safe street riding skills and then practice together. We will talk about the best routes to use. And we will actually go on some field trips by bicycle to places like the coffee shop and the grocery store (and we’ll learn how to properly lock up your bicycle, so it will still be there, when you return to it!). This class is for people who already know how to ride a bike.

We dropped the price, to entice a few more of you to join us!

Let us help you get confident riding in the street!

 

Fix a Flat Class, Tomorrow, 6 p.m. IMG_0974.JPG

Is a flat tire keeping you from riding your bike? Come learn to fix it, with us! This class is free to members. You can either join online, or when you arrive for class!

 

 

Job Opening, Deadline Extended

The City of Memphis needs a new Bike/Ped Program manager. Deadline is May 20. See job description here.

 

What’s Happening This Week
May 15–22

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.  
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!
2:00 p.m.               How to Ride in the Street — First class!

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

Thursday:
2:00-9:00 p.m.    
Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals (New Hours!)
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
 Training Fleet Overhaul Night

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

Saturday
8:30 am-3:30 pm  
Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals (New Hours!)

Sunday:
2:00 p.m.                
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!
2:00 p.m.                 How to Ride in the Street — Class #2 of 4

Coming Up, Soon!

Monday, May 23:
6:00 p.m.                 
Ride to Pizza with Planners: Bike Month Edition — Sign up here.
6:30 p.m.                  
Demolition Night

Monday, June 20:
6:30-9:00:               Basic Bike Assessment class

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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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