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PAL as resource

June 21, 2009

Hello Tom,

I will be away for this meeting.  But wanted to offer this as another place to provide cycling skills to kids in Norristown.  


The Police Athletic League has a building on Harding Blvd just a few blocks off of Markley St in Norristown.  I would guess that making contact with someone from PAL to try to schedule a cycling clinic might be a good place to start.  The PAL building is not far from an entrance to the Norristown farm park which would be a good place to take new cyclist to teach them riding skills.   Just a suggestion.


Regards,
John W Moser

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PAL

June 21, 2009

John Moser suggested working through PAL (the Police Atheletic League) which is located near Norristown Farm Park. That would be our potential “umbrella” agency. We could teach the Norristown youth cycling skills at the Farm Park. Could PAL do background checks on the volunteers as well as the youth? That is a safety aspect that must be considered.

Norristown Parks and Recreation

June 21, 2009

Another group that might be helpful in getting this set up in Norristown  is the Norristown Parks and Recreation folks.

Rodeo Props and Bucks County Parks Rodeo experience

June 21, 2009

Someone’s memory is too good.  Everything is stored on the second floor at the Nature Center at College Settlement Camp.  Of course it is behind all the Century equipment.  Not sure what is still usable as we have not completed a bike safety course since KC was around.
 
If it is raining tomorrow night, I will stop and see what is still there to use.  There was a book that was the base of what we put on and I will look for that too besides the props.
 
The last time we put on a course, I had the director of Parks for Bucks County put a flyer out to every kid in the school district around Peace Valley and we only had 25 kids show up. That was just not worth the effort.
 
Good luck. 

Richard Terry

SCU Rodeo

June 21, 2009

Hello Rich,
I know SCU would occasionally sponsor bicycle clinics for kids to teach them safe riding skills.   I remember there were several props that were used to simulate real hazards such as a car door opening, or riding around parked cars etc.  There was a whole course that kids had to ride through in order to complete the training successfully.   After the clinic, parents could join there kids riding through a residential neighborhood to practice their new skills.   I think Ed Hein organized  the event one year, and maybe Doug Levy did another year.  

Lisa Graves is working with Tom Madle to plan a bicycle clinic, bicycle rodeo, street smarts cycling , (you get the idea) for kids in Norristown.    Do know if SCU still has any of these props in storage and if so, would it be possible to make use of them?      You may reply directly to Lisa.  Thank for your help.

Lisa, here is the SCU link where you can see Rich Terry’s (or as he prefers to be called  ~El Presidente~) smiling face.   Hope you can help us, Rich.

http://www.suburbancyclists.org/

Regards,
John W Moser

Lisa,

John lives in the Norristown area (across from the Farm Park), is an experienced cyclist and always has good ideas. He also works a full time job and goes to school on the weekends and evening. He’s a real busy guy. He is also “second in command” at COS. He’s the one who really does all the work at COS!    Tom Madle

Breakaway Cafe’, Bikeworks, and various comments

June 21, 2009

Unfortunately I’ll be out of town next week so I won’t be able to attend the meeting, so I’ll put in my 2 cents here.  I would like to volunteer my time towards whatever program takes shape.

 Now my comments:

   Teaching the local youth to ride and getting them out on the trail is great, but one of the limits to the appeal of such a program is the availability of bikes.  

   I take it that the initial thrust will be to obtain donated bikes in working order from COS/SCU/BCP riders.  This is a good start but won’t sustain the program for long.

  Does anyone know if a Neighborhood Bike Works or similar program has been tried in Norristown?  It would seem to be a promising environment for an integrated program like NBW, which involves training in riding and mechanics, then allows kids to earn a bike by fixing it up and learning to ride safely (http://www.neighborhoodbikeworks.org/about/index.html).  Along with volunteer time, such a program would require some facilities for storing and working on bikes.  Someone at the Norristown meeting mentioned interest from the Norristown director of recreation.  Perhaps he can help?   Another (short term) option might be to see if the owner of the former “Breakaway Cafe” building (Bike Path Professional Building) is willing to lend it out while he looks for a tennant, as the building is empty now.

* I like the idea of getting the teens out for ride from COS, but that may not be appropriate for younger riders.  Have you thought about what to do with them?

 Thanks for volunteering to lead this!  Please let me know how I can help.

 Mike Lonetto

Police Athletic League as potential Rodeo sponsor

June 21, 2009
I will be away for this meeting.  But wanted to offer this as another place to provide cycling skills to kids in Norristown.  
 
The Police Athletic League has a building on Harding Blvd just a few blocks off of Markley St in Norristown.  I would guess that making contact with someone from PAL to try to schedule a cycling clinic might be a good place to start.  The PAL building is not far from an entrance to the Norristown farm park which would be a good place to take new cyclist to teach them riding skills.   Just a suggestion.
 
Regards,
John W Moser

SCU sponsored Bicycle Rodeo

June 21, 2009

SCU used to sponsor a Bicycle Rodeo which was designed to help kids learn how to ride their bikes safely.  Not sure if any of the training props are still available.  I believe Ed Hein has been involved with this in the past.  

Regards,
John W Moser

Bike Donation and Rodeo

June 19, 2009

The West Chester Cycle Club has held a bike donation and rodeo for disadvantaged West Chester Youth for the past three years.  Please read  the WCCC Rodeo page in this blog for background info of  their events.  

Proposed that we model a similar annual program for Norristown youth.  Although it is already mid June and we haven’t even had an initial meeting yet,  think that we could pull off a small scale donation and rodeo this summer.  Perhaps a target of a dozen or two children.  First step is to choose a partner agency that is already working with a group of kids and has a facility to hold the rodeo indoors in case of rain.   PAL has been suggested.