Wisdom Travels

Today was the concluding celebration at Jibe for a recent placemaking project. For the past year, local residents were featured on pole banners throughout North Natomas. Participants were invited to pick up their banners and meet the artist who told their stories, Janine Mapurunga. I knew several of the residents chosen to participate: Ray, Amal, Cathy, and Laura. Their stories were also on display at the local library.

Cathy, Janine, Mellissa:

Becky and Dennis:

Mellissa, Janine, Amal:

Seated are Donna and Ray. Ray fixes LOTS of bikes out of the goodness of his heart.

For more information, go to jibe.org, select Placemaking, then Wisdom Travels.


The second session of Pedal Up Natomas began today. Ten new participants, volunteers Lennore and Kathy, and fellow LCI Deanna. We stayed in the Inderkum HS parking lot today.

So cool. Kathy expertly taught Siri how to ride a bike!

Breathe Bike Trek

Originally scheduled for mid-September but postponed because of the Mosquito Fire, the annual Breathe Bike Trek happened this morning. Quite a few people couldn’t make it today which left a last-minute opportunity for Leo to ride. The Good Jibes team: Mellissa, Leo and I rode the 34-mile medium route together which was good because it was easy to miss a turn and then Mellissa got a flat tire about 2 miles from the end. I rode back to the start and drove back to pick her up.

At lunch after the ride. Sue Schooley, me, Sue Teranishi, Mellissa Meng.

Big applause to Mellissa who rode a regular bike and climbed 1500+ feet today in the foothills around Loomis, Newcastle and Penryn. Leo and I rode e-bikes .. climbing was not a problem.

Pedal Up Natomas

Better on Bikes (BoB) evolved over the past few months to an in-person class called Pedal Up Natomas. Our first meeting was Saturday September 17 and I didn’t take a single picture. But Mellissa Meng did!

I am co-teaching with Deanna, a great LCI who frequently works for Jibe teaching Project Ride Smart and many other programs. (Aside: Deanna’s oldest daughter, of 3, just left for college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo – the same college Thais attended 20+ years ago.) We have 12 participants – two of them, Brenda and Tracy, took BoB 4, which is great because they already have a lot of knowledge and can help others. Plus, two people from BoB1-Leo, and BoB2-Lennore volunteered. The first class focused on becoming ride ready. Our second meeting on September 24 included a 7-mile street ride with stops for teaching opportunities. Cheryl from BoB1 volunteered this meeting.

Coaching at NPE

A lot of kids at Natomas Park Elementary signed up for the second after-school coaching session for Project Ride Smart. Deanna and Pierson asked for another LCI – me – to help out on Thursday afternoon. About 20 kids – I think 15 were riding independently at the end of an hour. Success!