My buddy Francesca was instrumental in getting all the necessary gear and organizing all the vendors for the event from BikeDFW. We had DART, Bike Shop from Grapevine, etc, participate in the Irving Bike Fest. In addition, Francesca was kind enough to accompany me to the venue, the day before and help me plan a rough idea of the bike stations for the class.
Last year, we had my friend and League Director, Gail Spann present at the fest with her awesome High-wheels. Gail couldn't make it this year due to some urgent family matters. Other important attendees, last year, included my cycling buddy Steve of DFWPTP and Paul Hakes of DORBA. Below is a picture of Gail, from last year!
This year, Irving ISD (Independent School District) were notified of the Bike Fest and Bike Rodeo and we were expecting a reasonable turnout. I desperately need a few extra hands at the Bike Rodeo and I was fortunate to have Steve, my friend Arjun - a budding cycling enthusiast and Francis (a new Traffic Skills 101 graduate), who helped me make the class a success.
We had a total of four stations in the Bike Rodeo. The first one, which I manned was the helmet check and the bike check report validation station. Pictured below is the Bike Check station (red and blue pop-up tent) (pictured below).
At Station 1, I simply made sure that the helmet was worn properly and also validated the bike check report: bikes were checked prior to coming to my station, Station 1. At least 5 kids came through to my station, without a helmet. I had to make them wait, until a loaner helmet was available. Almost all of the kids who showed up without a helmet got to ride with a loaner helmet. A couple didn't want to wait and hence they could not ride in the Bike Rodeo.
Mr. Bob Chaplin (pictured below in the professional LCI jersey, fitting a helmet on a kid), another LCI, brought half-a-dozen helmets to give away. There were enough takers for them alright. Thanks, Bob!
After the checks and validations at Station 1, children were instructed to ride in a straight line, between some cones, to Station 2.
Station 2 was manned by my dear friend Arjun. At Station 2 was a STOP sign.
At Station 2, the children came to a full stop, put their feet on the ground, got the instructions on how to proceed to Station 3 from Arjun and then proceeded as directed to Station 3.
Station 3 was manned by none other than Steve! Steve showed the kids how to scan, signal and ride through a curvy path, onto Station 4.
The infamous Bike Blender. This thing actually worked and quite a few created and relished their own smoothie!
Thank you, City of Irving, for the Irving Bike Fest. This is the third year I have participated in the Irving Bike Fest and I absolutely love it. This year was the first year I participated as a League Cycling Instructor, who led the Bike Rodeo. I had a blast and I look forward to many more Irving Bike Festivals!
Did y'all notice it is almost Friday? :)
LCI # 3059