Thursday, May 24, 2012

The first class I taught as an LCI

Last Saturday, I led the League of American Bicyclists' Cycling Skills 123 aka Children's Bike Rodeo class at the Irving Bike Fest. I was contacted about this class when I was in Paris. I immediately accepted the opportunity to teach, especially given it was a wonderful opportunity to teach young children how to ride a bicycle.

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.
Station 4 was manned by the very patient Francis (pictured below), who was great with kids. Francis showed the children how to do a Figure Eight on their bikes. In the picture below, Francis is enjoying a smoothie he created using the Bike Blender!
After Station 4, the children had the option to do a Slow Cycle Race or to leave the Bike Rodeo. In the picture above, you can see the tennis balls used in the Slow Cycle Race, behind Steve. The Slow Cycle Race was manned by Mr. Yoshi (not pictured!).

The infamous Bike Blender. This thing actually worked and quite a few created and relished their own smoothie!
Last, but not the least, Francesca, the coordinator-extraordinaire of the Irving Bike Fest. Thank you, Francesca.
Thank you Steve, Arjun and Frances. I could not have done it without you guys! Your help is much appreciated.

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? :)

Paz :)

LCI # 3059


  1. christania’s “cheap bike rentals” bikes are rolling across the city. The system, less than a year old, is funded by christania’s municipal government. It is currently only in one of christania’s 22 administrative districts. Although a 2nd generation system, there are 12 “Houses” in this district, each with around 40 bikes. The yearly subscription cost is the equivalent of $2 US, and allows the use of a bike for up to four hours at a time. In less than a year, there have been 6,000 subscriptions sold. There are larger 3rd generation systems in the world, which do not have a subscription to bike ratio as big as that.

  2. For Beginners A Complete Guide To Cycling Cyclato


Thank you for your visit and comments. I read all comments and I appreciate them all.