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The final Tour de Fort Worth of the year is coming up on Friday, October 26.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price leads Tour de Fort Worth rides weekly during the summer months to promote both exercise and access to government. As the days grow shorter, though, the rides go on hiatus for a few weeks.
The final ride of 2012 will kick off from T&P Tavern at 221 W Lancaster Avenue at 5:30 PM on Oct 26. Riders must have lights to participate and are encouraged to wear costumes.
For more information, contact Mayor Price's office.
By Kevin Milligan, SafeCyclist Instructor
On a hot July afternoon in the southern Taiwan town of Si Gang, just north of the city of Tainan, a group of third and fourth graders can be heard shouting encouragement and instructions to their teammates. What’s unusual is that they’re yelling in English, not their native language of Mandarin Chinese.
These 28 rambunctious kids have gathered for a week-long English learning summer camp at their school, Si Gang Elementary School, taught by their Foreign English Teacher and Texas SafeCyclist Kevin Milligan, formerly of Sugar Land, Texas. Taking advantage of being able to design his own summer camp curriculum, Kevin decided to include his love of cycling and some of the elements he learned at SafeCyclist training in the week’s lessons.
Friday morning started with a classroom session of general safe riding rules as well as learning bicycle part names in English using an actual bike as a visual aid. Kevin had reminded the students to wear sneakers that day for safety, and several students rode their bikes to school to serve as props during the morning’s activities. It’s unusual in most areas of Taiwan for elementary students to ride bikes to school, while it’s very common for junior high and high school students to do so. There’s also a growing trend for kids to wear bike helmets with many schools making it mandatory.
After the classroom session of English learning, the students’ retention was put to the test with a bike parts labeling relay race that Kevin had learned at his SafeCyclist training in Pasadena years earlier. Two bicycles of similar style and size were placed about 20 yards away and the two teams were given laminated label cards to attach to their team’s bike. At the starting signal the high pitched yells and fervor began. Back and forth they ran at top speed to be the first team with all labels correct. While one team did prevail by a few seconds, it was exciting for Kevin, as their English teacher, to discover that both teams had placed every label correctly. Then the second race began to remove the labels from the bikes. The second place team from the first race was vindicated with a win in the second race. One final relay race just for fun was created using very small bikes where the students were required to remain seated and push the bike with their feet down and back around a chair placed about 20 yards away.
The morning ended with the students being very hot and tired, but with smiles all around. Kevin has used elements from SafeCyclist for the past three years during English summer camps in Taiwan. It provides the students with a good English learning opportunity not normally covered in a regular classroom setting, and of course allows them to practice the English vocabulary in a fun and exciting way. Look for ways to incorporate elements of SafeCyclist training in other ways, just as Kevin has found a way to use it in English language learning in faraway Taiwan.
The BikeTexas Annual Membership Meeting is almost upon us! Next Saturday, September 29, we'll be gathering at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort at 3 PM following the inaugural eRock the Ride. Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis will be joining the ride and speaking at the meeting.
If you'd like to attend the meeting, but can't make it to San Antonio next weekend, you have the option of attending remotely. RSVP below to let us know you'll be attenting remotely, and get the details of calling or logging in next Saturday.
Anyone is invited to come to the meeting and all BikeTexas members are eligible to vote. Additionally, we'll be drawing for our 2012 Bike Giveaway; this year, it's a 2013 Trek Cocoa. All current monthly members and anyone who has joined BikeTexas or renewed their membership during August or September (up to the 29th) is entered in the drawing. Will you be the lucky winner? Join or renew here.
Please RSVP before the meeting so we know to expect you!
Do you have a few extra minutes for bicycle advocacy? Do you want to help BikeTexas as we get ready for the next legislative session? Great!
BikeTexas needs volunteers for mission critical data entry as we near the 2013 Legislative session. We have gathered Complete Streets Petition signatures at events throughout Texas. Now, we need to get all those names into our system so we can let these new supporters know when to contact their legislators during the next session! Can you help? You don't have to come to our office, or even be in Austin-- we can send the data to you!
BikeTexas staff set out on a rainy day on Sept 14 to head to the Sherman Art Fest and spread the word about BikeTexas's education and specialty licence plate programs. Saturday, Sept 15, was a gorgeous day in Sherman, but the downpour of the previous day caused lower-than-expected attendance at the Art Fest. Even with smaller numbers, BikeTexas staff still spoke to about 150 children and 125 adults about bicycle safety and education.
BikeTexas staff travelled to Arlington on Sept 22 to participate in Ecofest and were able to partner with T. Strong to help spread the word to children and adults about the importance of safe cycling.
The BikeTexas College Active Transportation Safety (CATS) program is finishing up a summer of travelling to colleges and universities across Texas. At UT Austin's HealthyHorns Fest on Sept 19, CATS representatives spoke to students about bicycle safety, handed out bicycle information, and talked about Complete Streets. CATS will be traveling to Sherman on Sept 26 to attend Professor Aaron Block's CATS presentation at Austin College and to talk with student advocates in the Roo Riders cycling club. BikeTexas will also participate in Tex Ruegg's Wednesday ride with the Texoma Cycling Club.
Because Texas is a big state with plenty of ground to cover, BikeTexas staff will be at multiple events over the next few weeks, including eRock the Ride and the BikeTexas Annual Membership Meeting in the Hill Country on Sept 29, the San Antonio Síclovía on Oct 7, the Livestrong Challenge in Austin on Oct 21, the Cyclesomatic Bike Fair in Oak Cliff on Oct 27, and KidsKup events all over the state throughout October. Be sure to stop by and say hello if you see us at an event!
Can't make it to any of these? Check out the BikeTexas event calendar to see if there is a bicycle event near you.
WHAT: eRock the Ride Bike Tour
WHERE: JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa
WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 2012 ~ 7:30 am
HOW: Choose your distance!
Treat yourself to a fun weekend and enjoy the JW Marriot Resort! This beautiful Hill Country Resort & Spa has given us some incredible rates for this event: $159 a night (normally $359). Book your room HERE or call the resort at 210-276-2500 to get the eRock rate. Not only will you enjoy an exhilarating ride, but you will also experience all this fabulous resort has to offer. It truly will be a weekend to remember. Click HERE to check out this world famous resort.
66, 40, and 20 mile distances: $45
Century 100 miler: $75 (price reflects bus transfer back; please register ASAP so ride organizers can plan accordingly)
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