Loopalooza in Davis

This was the final club ride and meeting of the Leroy Greene Academy Bike Club. Fundraising allowed all train tickets to be purchased for a one-way ride to Davis. The organizers of Loopalooza gave us Back-to-Sac tickets for the train ride back, a program sponsored by Davis merchants.
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First stop, pastries from Village Bakery:
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Adam’s 5th grade teacher from Two Rivers joined us for part of the ride.
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Station 1 (of ten on the 12-mile bicycle trail loop around the city of Davis):
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This station featured about 15 different (or wacky) types of cycles:
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Face (or arm painting) station:
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I maintained a safe distance from all the action at this station:
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Leaving our chalk messages:
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Skills station. Our club members were experts here, including the figure-8.
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Bicycle repair station:
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Lunch before we head for the train station:
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This school year, the LGA Bike Club existed only because of a generous donation from a local church. All funding sources to keep this program going have dried up, so this event was probably the last one for this bicycle club coach. I will miss this group of boys a lot and the supportive dads and ex-teachers who came along on our rides, but especially I will miss working with Megan McManus, the staff advisor.

Leroy Greene Academy Bike Club

Sadly, this is all I got today. No one showed up. Everyone is busy, interests are changing. Baseball is still happening and one of our faithful club members is on the team. Another just got a guitar and is going to his friend’s house this afternoon to start a band.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

LGA Bike Club Ride

Here we are, ready to ride to Natomas Marketplace, have a hamburger at In N Out Burger, and stop at Tanzanite Skate Park. Except NO one showed up except for staff advisor Megan McManus and me. So Megan and I visited for a half-hour or so and then went on with the rest of our day. I call this receiving a “gift of time”.
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LGA Club Ride

We started at Leroy Greene Academy, rode across the Jibboom Street Bridge at Discovery Park,

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through Old Sacramento to Marie’s Donuts at the corner of Freeport Blvd and Vallejo.

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We met up with Elle Steele and Kidical Mass. They were having a group ride from Marie’s Donuts to William Land Park, about 2 miles away. The variety of child-carrying bicycles was amazing.

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The Kidical Mass group went to Fairytale Town while our bike club went to the Sacramento Zoo.

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A lion and a jaguar.
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L-R: LaTraye, Andrew, staff advisor Megan McManus

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A very successful 20-mile ride.

Trailblazing and a pre-ride

Odin was so excited to show me he didn’t need training wheels and could ride his bike really well. The grass in the backyard at the G St house is really tall (and needs to be mowed or plowed soon) – a challenge to ride through the first few times to make bike trails.image
It was important to keep pedaling no matter what. Getting started again was difficult.
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And then I went for a pre-ride of the route for an upcoming LGA Club Ride. Vallejo Street: narrow two-lane road with no bike lane or shoulder which means our group will take control of the lane during this stretch.
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Destination #1:
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Destination #2:
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The next step is to create a ride plan to share with students, parents, and Megan, the staff advisor.
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Multicultural Night at LGA

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Various clubs were set up around the outside edge of the cafeteria.
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The Bike Club chose Ireland. Actually, Megan McManus, the staff advisor, chose the country since she has a particular fondness for all thing Irish.
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LaTraye supervised the Foosball table.
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The smoothie bike was a big hit!
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It didn’t take much pedaling to make a good smoothie, maybe 30 seconds.
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A YouTube video to see the smoothie bike in action:

SR2S Regional Summit (with new picture!)

2015 SACRAMENTO REGIONAL SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL SUMMIT

Empowering student walking and biking champions

February 17, 2015
1415 L St., Suite 300, Sacramento CA 95814
Hosted by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) in partnership with WALKSacramento
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I was on a panel of 4 speakers who talked about successful local projects. My topic was the two bike clubs I coach, especially about the $15,000 improvement to a Sacramento bike trail initiated by Leroy Green Academy Bike Club.

Thanks to Kirin Kumar of WALKSacramento for this picture:
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LGA audit of W El Camino bike trail crossing

7:15 am: it was early and chilly. Treats and hot chocolate helped.
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When exiting the bike trail on the north side
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the expectation is the driver/walker will go 100 feet east and cross at the crosswalk
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then go 100 feet west to rejoin the trail on the other side of a divided 4-lane road with heavy 50-mph traffic.
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Observations:
1. 50% of the users from 7:15-8:15 crossed illegally.
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2. No students used this route to get to school.
3. Cars don’t stop for anyone waiting at the crosswalk.
4. Neither teacher nor students were late for school.
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LGA Bike Club meeting

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At 3:15, most students head for the gate
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but an intrepid few stay after school and go for a quick fun bike ride. Along the way, we stopped for a bit to appreciate the recent improvement to the bike trail on the west side of I-5 just north of W El Camino Ave. L-R: Staff advisor Ms McManus, Xavier, Jack, Andrew.
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The skill we practiced several times was entering a roadway safely. We did this as individual drivers and crossed one at a time. I went first, Megan reinforced good choices and crossed as the last rider. This was Xavier and Andrew’s first ride, we were extra careful. Reward! Baskin-Robbins.
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Yum!
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Time to head back. One last time carefully across 5 lanes of busy traffic. We had a great time!

Press release and interview

With support from WALKSacramento, I sent out a press release about the success of the Leroy F Greene Academy Bike Club’s initiation of a $15,000 bike trail improvement. Unexpectedly, within 10 minutes of sending out the email, I was contacted by Jouron Bourque of iHeartMedia in Sacramento. Today, I drove to their local station headquarters to record an interview. image

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Fun! The segment was aired between 5-7 am on Sunday December 14.
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