Thursday, October 20, 2011

Cycle Claremont, the Community Bike Rides...

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was hoping to have some news concerning bicycling in Claremont by the end of the week. That news is the announcement for the start of Cycle Claremont. I was one of about sixteen people who met this evening to begin the process for organizing a monthly community bicycle ride, following the impetus of two of our community members, Denise Spooner and Larry Scheetz, and in the wake of the successful Moving Planet ride, held last month. Sustainable Claremont is the sponsoring organization for this new series of rides.

The first scheduled ride has been penciled in for Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 10:30. I have volunteered to serve in some capacity on the steering committee, so as details are worked out over the next couple months you can expect to see more information posted here. Plans are for the ride to eventually have it's own web page, in one form or another, which will make the dissemination of information easier. There may be some general information available at this Saturday's Village Venture, at November's Pilgrim Festival, and various other events and locations in the near future.

For the first ride at least, expect the route to be a kind of "tour" of the city's Bicycle Priority Zone (BPZ), think short and easy. It should be perfect for families with younger children, people who are looking for a low-key opportunity to start bicycling, or are perhaps coming back to the activity after a time away, or just want to spend a relaxed hour or so on a morning ride.

One additional note out of this meeting. Among the individuals in attendance was Gary Bradshaw, an organizer for the Claremont Safe Routes to School program, who reminded everyone that it is still not too late to sign up for the bicycle safety training classes, geared towards adults who wish to participate in the Safe Routes program. The two classes are free of charge, thanks to the city, and will be held on successive Sunday's, November 5th and 12th. More information can be found here.

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