I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with NNTMA's great event, 50 Bikes 50 Kids on MLK, jr. day. Kids ages 9-17 are nominated by community members and are judged based on their character traits: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Fifty kids are selected to build their own brand new bicycles on this day. It is an amazing event! Although I'm sure it had to be chaotic juggling all the volunteers and supplies needed to keep everything running smoothly, from my point of view, it came together beautifully! Abbey, Mellissa, and Becky of the North Natomas Transportation Management Associate worked so hard to put this on. Everyone had such a wonderful time and you could tell from the students' faces that they were thrilled with their new bicycles.
The second great event I was a part of last week was our January Kidical Mass ride. Melissa, one of our Sac Kidical Mass board members, had arranged through her work at Regional Transit to have a bus for us to practice loading bikes onto their new three-bike racks. I was really glad to have gotten a second opportunity to test out these bus racks with the cargo bikes because these racks were significantly different from the Flyer's.
After some impressive hefting with the bus driver's help, Lamaia was even able to get her Mundo on the bus rack. While it might not be a great long-distance solution, it was possible. The driver was confident that it could work even though the back wheel hung off quite a bit. As long as the front wheel was secure, the back of the bike wasn't going anywhere.
A busy week filled with friends and bikes!
This is us. We're fun.