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New Bicycle Transportation Trainers Get Pumped

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. (more…)

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

New Series of Workshops in Hope Valley

Neighbors in Hope Valley learn about home energy use.

Over the last few weeks, Bonnie and Jim Cox hosted our first series of in-home workshops in Hope Valley. For their first workshop, two weekends ago, a few neighbors learned about easy, do-it-yourself energy efficiency projects like cleaning underneath the fridge and caulking vents. One neighbor volunteered to become trained in using the PowerCost Monitor and be the PowerCost Monitor “guru” for the neighborhood. Neighbors at this workshop were so excited that they moved their planned May workshop up to last Monday night.

“It looks like we’ll have a full house next week,” said Bonnie, after the first workshop, “and we can move this neighborhood forward!”

A full house they had indeed. Neighbors from the first workshop returned enthusiastic about the projects they had done at home since the first workshop. Participation at the second workshop tripled.  Neighbors learned more hands-on energy efficiency skills and helped Bonnie and Jim insulate their outlets. Bonnie and Jim made this workshop into a social event, complete with a drawing for a bottle of sustainable wine.

We’re looking forward to future workshops in Hope Valley. Contact us if you live in Hope Valley and would like to attend or host a series of workshops.

May 5, 2010 at 8:39 pm Leave a comment


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