Thursday, May 27, 2010

Excellent turnout lastnight!

Hey All!

We had an excellent turn out for our first Bike Night of the 2010 season. Lastnight we had the most people ever on a ride. Unofficial counts put the crowd somewhere between 65 and 70 people. An excellent turnout by any measure, for sure. I hope you will continue to spread the word and bring more folks over the summer.

Next week there will be a kids' session at Central Elementary School. The mini-class will go over bike handling skills and how to ride in a group. This should be fun for everyone. The class starts at 4:30 and will end around 6pm. This should give folks enough time to grab a snack and meet up for Bike Night at Roosevelt Park.

Take care and ride safely!


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bike Night is back TOMORROW NIGHT!

Greetings Everyone!

Tomorrow’s our first Bike Night for the 2010 season!

I’m sending out this note to encourage you to show up a bit early - like maybe 10 minutes.

So far we have approximately 40 individuals and possibly 60 signed up for our first ride. The reason I’m encouraging you to show up a little early is to fill out an insurance form that is new for Bike Night and to limit the mayhem.

Over the winter, Bike Night joined forces with Bicycle Longmont, and, as a bonus, Bike Night is now covered by Bicycle Longmont’s event insurance. Like any insurance there is a form to fill out. The form is brief and necessary to cover you in case something bad happens on the ride. There is room on the form for your kid(s) too.
If filling out forms isn’t your thing, you can join Bicycle Longmont for $25. This membership gets you a membership to Bicycle Longmont and to the League of American Bicyclists. Once you’re a member you will only have to fill out the insurance form once all season. The membership to the League gets you information about everything cycling and you get two magazine subscriptions, first to Bicycling Magazine and the second, to the League’s magazine - American Cyclist.

You do not have to join Bicycle Longmont or fill out the insurance form to participate and enjoy Bike Night, however I encourage you to fill out the insurance form. Non-members of Bicycle Longmont will need to fill out an insurance form prior to each ride. The insurance covers you in case something bad happens to you, your kid(s) or in case you or your kid(s) cause something bad to happen to someone else. If you choose to ride without the insurance you will be on your own if something happens to you, your kid(s) or, you or your kid(s)cause something bad to happen to someone else.

We’ve been really lucky nothing bad has happened during Bike Night, but as the group grows larger the risk grows too, so it seemed necessary to get event insurance. I hope people aren’t discouraged from riding with us. The insurance is free, you just need to fill out the form prior to each ride, or become a member of Bicycle Longmont ($25) and fill the form out just once.

Buzz will be on hand to answer questions about Bicycle Longmont memberships.

While we’re on the topic of safety – PLEASE, impress upon your kid(s) that this ride is not a race and they should stay within ear shot or within eyesight of you.

Despite this rather formal message Bike Night is an informal ride around Old Town and occaisionally, the greenway!

This is going to be a great season of cycling in Longmont – We will have some announcements of upcoming rides tomorrow night!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Bike Night is Back! May 26th, 6:30 PM Roosevelt Park


MAY 26, will be the First Bike Night for 2010. May 26, will kick off the 7th year of Bike Night. Dig it.

June 2nd - Will be the date for the Kids Bike Safety Class. The Class will be held PRIOR to the regular Bike Night ride. Time: 4:30 - 6pm. We're still working on a venue. At this point it looks like it might be Central Elementary in Old Town across from Thompson Park or, New Creation Church's parking lot across from Roosevelt. We need to connect with Central and New Creation. Anyone a member of New Creation? If so, shoot me a message. Thx - More later.

Also, check out our latest article/feature in Longmont Magazine!

See you out there!