News, and a plea for help.
Posted by Paul Tay to CycleDog at 11/08/2006 12:04:02 PM
Maybe you should take in donations and provide the classes free to kids, 4th and 5th graders. There's a lot to be said for teaching kids bike ed, a precursor to driver ed in high skool.
Actually, there are a couple of interesting developments along those lines. First, there's a program in California that offers bicycling instruction to city residents free of charge. I don't know how they fund the program, but I'll find out.
Next, one of our instructors was contacted by the Chicago Bike Federation regarding the Tulsa Community Cycling Project. We run this on a shoestring with a small grant from INCOG, a tiny budget from the Tulsa Wheelmen, and a lot of donated equipment. The bikes and instruction go to social services clients from several local agencies, including the Salvation Army, Exodus House, Day Center for the Homeless, and others. Chicago will have a similar program soon, but they also received a grant for $75,000. They'll be purchasing new bikes rather than relying on donated ones.
Tom Brown and I talked about this over the weekend. He has a nice commuter bike in the shop, complete with heavy duty wheels, fenders, and even a rack if I recall right. All it needs are lights for day and night use. It would be so nice to provide a quality bike to the clients. But of course, we don't have the budget for that.
Next week, the Tulsa City-County Library is offering a class on grant writing and research. I'm going. If it's at all possible, I'll try to get some grant money for our projects.
Finally, there's this - the Tulsa Community Cycling Project is out of space. We have bikes stored in several garages, including my own, and there simply isn't enough space. Worse, one of our instructors will be moving soon, and we'll lose that garage space.
So we need some help. Collecting and repairing the bicycles is a big part of the service we provide to clients. If a church group were interested in helping with this, I'm willing to teach the basics of bicycle repair over a couple of weekends. Hey, if I can do it, it's far from rocket science! This could be a good project for a teen group. Anyone with an interest is urged to contact me.
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