Friday, December 4, 2009

3 Great Ways to Help Bicycling this Month

Here are three ways to donate time or money to helping bicycling in Salem!

Kidical Mass started in Eugene a couple of years ago. Shane Rhodes, who manages a Safe Routes to Schools program, wanted to get more kids and families excited about riding. They say
Kidical Mass is a legal, safe and FUN bike ride for kids, kids at heart, and their families. All types of bikes, trailers, trail-a-bikes, Xtracycles, longtails, bakfiets, Long Johns, tandems, folders, trikes, and whatever rolls are welcome! Come hoot it up with us.

Why do the ride? To celebrate the fact that Kids are Traffic Too. For family fun on vehicles that don’t hurt the future! Another excuse to pedal with your family.

Not long after Eugene started, Portland followed.

And now Salem will join the Kidical Mass movement! Kat Franken, a local Americorps volunteer, is starting a Salem ride. She's just starting the planning, so if you'd like to volunteer or to be a part of it, email her at kidicalmasssalem at gmail dot com (that's three-s's!).

Another way to help out is to assist with a maternity leave for Michelle Darr of the Salem Bicycle Taxi service. Michelle's needs to take a break to welcome her new one into the world! She's interested in organizing shifts for a month or two. If you'd like to help out, email her at micheledarr at rocketmail dot com.

Finally, Kate Tarter of Resource Connections of Oregon, and former City Councilor, is looking for donations to support trikes for adult clients. If you have old trikes or would like otherwise to help, please contact Kate at ktarter at resourceconnections dot org.

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