New Bicycle Transportation Trainers Get Pumped

May 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

From left to right, back row: Joanne Fairhurst; Scott Rodgers; Gretchen Gehrke; Instructor Adrian Fletcher; Brandon Jozwiak; Program manager Ninna Gagnon; Durham Bike Co-op volunteer Robert Walpole. Front row: Janet Hitti; Debbie West (Michael Brooks-absent)

Seven new Bicycle Transportation Trainers recently graduated from Clean Energy Durham’s training program, which equips them to train neighbors and community members about bike transportation, maintenance, and safety.  The Trainers also learn about organizing fun, educational neighborhood events to get their neighbors pedaling to work, for exercise, to save money, and the sheer joy of riding a bike.  Bicycle Transportation Trainers go through 14 hours of training where they learn basic maintenance skills: fixing flats, adjusting brakes, fine-tuning gears, etc.  In addition, they learn outdoor biking skills, such as quick stop, rock dodge, and instant turns.

Congratulations to our latest Bicycle Transportation Trainers: Gretchen Gehrke and Joanne Fairhurst from Morehead Hill, Janet Hitti and Michael Brooks from Parkwood, Debbie West and Brandon Jozwiak from Woodcroft and Scott Rodgers from Hope Valley North.

“All kinds of people volunteer to become Bicycle Transportation Trainers,” says Ninna Gagnon, Clean Energy Durham Transit Education Specialist.  “In this group of fabulous volunteers, Mike, Janet, and Scott are recreational riders, Brandon commutes to work downtown on his bike, Debbie rides for transportation and fun, and Joanne is a graduate student—who arrived at class with a flat tire, ready to learn how to fix it!”

“The heart and soul of Clean Energy Durham are our volunteers, and once again Durham delivered a committed, enthusiastic, ready-to-learn group who will help their neighbors be prepared, safe, and motivated to ride their bikes for transportation and pleasure.  Gotta love this city!”  Ninna, a visiting Durhamite from Sweden added.

If you’re in or near any of these neighborhoods, be on the lookout for bike-related events hosted by these people. The first two are already on the schedule:

Saturday, May 12th  2-4pm               Neighborhood Bike Workshop in Parkwood

Saturday, May 19th  10-12pm           Neighborhood Bike Workshop in Woodcroft

Entry filed under: Hope Valley, Morehead Hill, Parkwood, Transportation, Woodcroft.

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