Friday, December 21, 2012

Traffic Skills 101

Garland can be an intimidating place to ride for a lot of cyclists.  Part of that is perception.  I have taken several cyclists on their fist ride across Garland, and they have all been surprised at how easy it is.  A bigger reason is that we were never really taught how to ride with traffic.  We all took driver's ed, but who among us has taken cycling education?  We are bringing a Traffic Skills 101 course to Garland!  The hands on portion of the course is on February 2nd, at 8:00 AM.  Location is still TBD, so please check our Events page for updates.  It's going to be a fun day!

Course Description: Traffic Skills 101 (TS101) gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. Through TS101, students learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, fix a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this class for adults and children above age fourteen. The curriculum is fast-paced, nine-hours, and prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling. TS101 is a League of American Bicyclists (LAB) course.

Mike Freiberger, DORBA's (Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association) Commuter Coordinator, has volunteered to be our instructor. As DORBA's Commuter Coordinator, Mike is authorized to include one year memberships in DORBA with the price of the course. Mike is a LAB League Cycling Instructor.

This course is being offered to us for $25 each, which is a 50% discount.  It consists of 9 hours of instruction.  The fist four hours are online, and can be completed any time before the class on February 2nd.

After completing this course, you'll have the skills to take the Garland streets more safely and with confidence.  We hope that you'll be empowered to bike whenever you want, and wherever you want.  -Jared

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas on the Square 2012

The Generator Coffee House and Bakery
Downtown Garland
What a perfect night for a ride!  Bike Friendly Garland's second official ride was a lot of fun.  The weather could not have been more pleasant.  We had a total of 12 riders come out for the ride, though we lost a couple riding a tandem on the way to two flat tires.  Bummer.  They had a nicely decorated bike.

We came in two groups.  One left from the north side of town at Firewheel Mall, and the other group left from the south side of town at Duck Creek Park.  Both groups met downtown in front of The Generator Coffee House and Bakery.  This is a very nice coffee house, by the way.  They've done an excellent job with it.  

Shortly after everyone arrived, the countdown to the tree lighting began.  The square was lit beautifully, and there was a short fireworks display.  After that, we walked around to check out the food and booths.  A few of us locked up our bikes in front of The Generator, and went in for a hot drink.

Several of us decorated our bikes with lights and other decorations, which were a big hit with some people at the event.  Kids especially liked our bikes.  I heard one young girl begging her parents for a bike after she saw ours.  A future cyclist!

Here's some more pictures from the event: