SLCBC 2006 Annual Report
NOTE: THIS IS ONLY A DRAFT
Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective 2006 Annual Report
Building community with bicycles
Director’s Report 2006
This was the year of the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective. To quote an award given by Cycling Utah, “The Salt Lake Bicycle Collective (www.slcbikecollective.org) runs on one gear. Fast.” Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, partnerships, donors, and general community support we are celebrating significant achievements in 2006, milestones that have set the stage for a powerful 2007.
The most noteworthy accomplishments were the hiring of the first full-time employee, launching Utah’s first BikeEd program, becoming the free helmet distribution point, spearheading a national network of community bicycle organizations, and offering more youth programs than ever before. Fueled with more volunteers, participants and programs than ever before this deceivingly small organization is poised to transform bicycling in Salt Lake, and be a riding force in making our community more Bicycle Friendly.
The mission of the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective is to promote cycling as an effective and sustainable form of transportation and as a cornerstone of a cleaner, healthier, and safer society. The Bicycle Collective provides refurbished bicycles and educational programs to the community, focusing on children and lower income households.
The Collective was founded in April, 2002, by six enthusiastic bicycle advocates. We set out to share the virtues of bicycling with our community and build the bicycling environment with a creative advocacy organization. Along with providing the gathering place, tools, education, art projects, and community services, the Collective is about having fun while helping others.
Community Bicycle Shop
Since moving to our new location at 2312 South West Temple, the community bike shop has developed into a “community hub.” Hosting the new YouthCity ArtCycle Apprenticeship program, the YouthCity Bike Bonanza Earn-a-Bike course, the classroom portion of Bike Ed courses, weekly volunteer nights, and open shop hours for the general public.
During the summer open shop hours were offered from 6-9pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and during the winter from 5-9pm on Thursdays. The public demand was so great it would best be described as a frenzy, always bristling with similar and new faces in upwards of 40 people a night. Under the guidance of dedicated volunteer mechanics helping folks find parts and the necessary tools to assemble their bike -- everyone worked together and had fun.
However, the demand for volunteering was so great we had to dedicate a new separate night for just volunteers on Mondays from 5-9pm. This turned out to be a huge success not only for refurbishing bicycles, but also for developing community and regular volunteers. On most volunteer nights there wouldn’t be enough work stands. Everyone came to hang out, learn, get their hands dirty, and even share their different musical tastes over the shop radio.
The Numbers: # total Refurbished Bicycles: 55 were given to IRC refugees # refurbished at YouthCity Bike Bonanza courses # bartered for volunteer hours # sold to community Recycled Metal: # pounds
Project Coordinator Position
As soon as the Collective was awarded the approved project funding for the Bicycle Education Project, the first task was to hire a full-time project coordinator. After posting the job announcement for over a month, receiving 20 applications, and interviewing 5 candidates, the hiring committee chose Board member and original Collective founder Jonathan Morrison for the position. Jonathan hit the ground sprinting. The main responsibilities of this position are to manage the community shop and the Bike Ed programs.
Valet Bicycle Parking
The Downtown Farmer’s Market has grown into a phenomenon, with artisans and musicians adding more flavor to the fresh food. The Collective has chosen this community event to showcase our programs and offer free bicycle parking to encourage folks to ride instead of drive. This summer the Collective had a new location in the park, and with that we parked a total of 1611 bikes over 20 weeks with a low of 22 bikes (last day) and a high of 125 bikes (July 15). Our average was 81 bikes per weekend.
Bicycle Education Project
On May 13th, the Collective offered its very first Road I course to 12 students. This 9-hour course spent on the bike and in the classroom is the flagship “effective cycling” curriculum taught around the country. Bike Ed is heralded as the nation’s leading training program to make bicycling safe and effective. The League of American Bicyclists has developed the course curriculums for kids and adults. Additional courses are available specifically for bicycle commuters, group riding, and even motorists. All courses are taught by League Certified Instructors (LCI) who are required to attend the prerequisite Road I course, study for and pass a pre-seminar exam, and attend a weekend-long seminar.
On June 23-25, the Collective hosted the LCI training seminar where 11 candidates were successfully certified. Utah now has 18 LCIs and one of the highest LCI to population ratio in the country. The 10 LCIs on part-time staff taught over 30 classes combined including:
Road I courses in Salt Lake, Ogden, and Logan
Kids courses at Taylorsville PTA, Beacon Heights Elementary, the entire 5th grade at William Penn Elementary, GS Troop 452, and Ogden
Bike Rodeo at Willow Springs Elementary on Sept 21st with 650 participants
The Bicycle Education (Bike Ed) project proposal received funding from the Transportation Enhancements (TE) program with key sponsorship from UDOT. While TE money is usually spent on bricks and mortar projects, education was recently added to the program’s eligibility criteria. With funding at $200,000 for a 2-year project, the goals are 1) to recruit 250 students, 2) achieve 100% helmet use for participants, and 3) create new Bike Ed programs elsewhere. Long-term goals are to increase the number of bike commuters in Salt Lake and decrease the numbers of bike injuries and fatalities.
Description of Road I
Road I gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. The course also covers bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques and includes a student manual. Recommended for adults and children above age fourteen, this fast-paced, nine-hour course prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling.
We talk about what an "edge" is, learn left and right (to look L-R-L), talk about what we are looking for, learn to tell the difference between moving and stopped cars, near and far ones and learn to use the pedestrian buttons. It is amazing to have them stand up and learn to stand in one place for two minutes -- the time a traffic light can take to change. It is an eternity to them. But they learn what the wait feels like.
Bike Ed events - Highlights
Bike safety presentation Thursday 9/14 in Taylorsville
LCIs Doug, Chris, Ashley, and Ron were highly creative in keeping the attention of the kids by teaching skills and doing on-bike demonstrations in the school cafeteria. The event was planned for 130 kids, but due to heavy rains, about 15 kids ranging in age from 4 to about 12 showed up with a half dozen parents.
The 5 instructors were Doug (lead), Susan, Erik, Ashley and me (Chris). We started with the Kid's Eye View Video. Doug was emcee and (indoor) bike skills demonstrator. Eric impressed me with his ability to connect with the kids in presenting the ABC Quick check. There were some really sharp kids, as well as some ringers who had previously had Doug's Kids 2 class. Susan did a presentation for the parents, while Ashley and Chris offered instruction for the kids. It went well -- especially given the age spread. Those who attended got a lot out of it and enjoyed themselves. We'll have to wait and see how things go when we have 130 kids in a group.
While teaching kids has its challenges, it is also a blast! They come up with the greatest comments and observations. They taught how some flats are caused by "pokies" and other are caused by "pinchies". You can see in the eyes of our students, young or old, the desire to progress in their skills and enjoyment of cycling, and if we can deliver, we have made a positive difference. Combine solid teaching and solid principles and you have hope for the future out on the road on bikes and in cars. Our job as instructors is to sell the concept that safe = fun = cool.
Beacon Heights Kids I
The big news, however, is that Jonathan got one little girl well on her way to riding without training wheels!
YouthCity Bike Bonanza
In the Bike Bonanza class, kids choose a bike of their liking from the Collective’s inventory, strip it down to the frame, and build the bicycle under the direction of volunteer staff or a previous course graduate.
Instead of building a bike for herself, one of the middle school kids in our Earn-a-bike class built it for her younger brother as a Christmas present. We were so impressed by her maturity and generosity that we surprised her with a bike for herself. When asked to write a letter explaining why she was getting the bike for free, she responded:
I'm getting this bike for free because... It's going to my brother for Christmas. I have worked hard on this bike. I'm scared that he will get beat up cause of the way his bike is painted. I'm giving this other bike to you so you can spray paint it and use it. It's a present.
Thank you so much, Cydney"
YouthCity ArtCycle Apprenticeship Program
Our YouthCity partners Erica Frumin and Jay Vasquez guided high school students through the process of rebuilding bicycles for themselves and others in the community. The new apprenticeship program ran 3 days a week from June 20 to August 16 for the summer session, and 2 days weekly from October 4 to December 13 for the fall session. We enjoyed the participation of 11 high school students in the summer session and 9 kids in the fall session. Two Road I courses were taught to each group on July 8th and October 14th. Students kicked-off the fall session, by collecting bicycles in a neighborhood bike drive. Participants in the summer session were able to promote the Collective and Artcycle program by partnering with youth in Spy Hop Production's "Loud and Clear Youth Radio."
Erica writes: We are nearly halfway through the ArtCycle program and the kids have learned so much from all of the experiences made available through the collective. This past weekend seven of the youth from the ArtCycle program and myself participated in the first Road I course. We all learned a ton about the safest ways to ride on the road. I look forward to the rest of the students participating in the course.
I see improvements at the Collective everyday. From the reorganization of the space, to the water-cooler and wireless internet, the collective has become a great learning environment. Many of the directors and volunteers were very helpful in getting the space ready. Ron, Russ, and Jonathan have come to our program and wrenched on bikes with the kids. Jonathan has been the invaluable go-to-guy. He has been incredibly dependable in assisting the YouthCity ArtCycle program. You have a great crew. It's very exciting to see all the improvements and response from the community.
Thanks so much
During the past year the University of Utah Continuing Education Lifelong Learning program continued to offer bike repair classes held at the Collective. In the spring, a beginning bike repair class was offered and had 12 students. Adult students from across the Wasatch Front learned basic bike repair skills such as repairing flats, basic gear adjustment, and road/trail side maintenance. An intermediate class of six students used the shop to learn about drivetrain cleaning and adjustment, wheel truing and hub overhaul, and headset and brake maintenance. A second intermediate class was held in the summer with eight students. The classes offer another way to bring new people in contact with the Collective, and three bikes were donated from previous Continuing Education students.
The Collective first partnered with the IRC in 2004 to provide transportation bikes and kids bikes to Somali Bantu refugee families. In 2006 the Collective refurbished and donated 31 bikes to 31 adult refugees, and 24 kids' bikes and helmets through the Youth City project.
Diane Browning writes: IRC brings adult refugees who have gotten a job to the Collective where the Collective volunteers then select and fit a bike appropriate for each individual. This "gift" to these refugees means that they do not have to walk to and from home, work, school, and social service appointments. Often times, bus routes and Trax stations are many blocks away from their homes. It is often I see a refugee with his new bike pedaling to the Trax station - a huge smile born of independence on his face!
8 Sudanese men received bikes that they used to get them home from night classes at Salt Lake Community College - after the buses stop running. 14 Somali men used the bikes fitted for them to access social services for their families, as well as for the primary means of transportation to work. 3 Burmese men received bikes to assist them in going to their employment as professional interpreters at various appointments throughout the valley. 4 Mesketian Turk men and 2 women ride their bikes for "exercise" and "enjoyment" with their children.
Refugees are people forced to flee their homeland due to persecution based on race, religion, or membership in a particular social group. With a well-founded fear of death, imprisonment or torture should they return to their home, they find a new life in the Utah community and hope to restore dignity, respect and opportunity to their lives. Each year, the IRC resettles 400 refugees. The Salt Lake Bicycle Collective is valued partner is fostering self-reliance and enabling opportunity to all refugees.
Founder’s Day Festival at the Columbus Center
At the Founder's Day Festival, the Collective donated 17 kids bikes to be used for a Bicycle Clinic and then distributed to local neighborhood children who are mostly refugees. We plan to provide repairs and teach the kids how to work on their bikes.
Curb your car month September
During September and surrounding the global World Car Free Day on September 22, the Collective was included in the press as the Mayor of Salt Lake City asked residents to leave their cars at home and help improve air quality. UTA offered free passes to first time users. The Collective partnered with REI to offer bicycle checks and safety courses.
Bike Week 2006
May is officially bike month, as such there is at least one solid week of bicycle activities that we participate in. We ran a movie night sponsored by Spin Cycle. We also parked bikes and wrenched at the Bike Bonanza.
The Future, 2007 and beyond
Salt Lake Intermodal Hub Bike Transit Center
The Collective is in the planning stages with UTA to create a complete and comprehensive cyclist center at the up and coming Downtown Intermodal Hub. Soon, the Intermodal Hub will be the transportation junction for Salt Lake City. There will be lines coming from Ogden, connecting to existing TRAX, and eventually going to the Airport. This creates an excellent opportunity to promote the bicycle as a valid transportation option in our community. Components of a bikestation could include:
- Bicycle Check. an indoor facility with security and/or supervision
- Showers & Lockers. A big benefit to this physical mode of transportation.
- Bike Maintenance and Repair.
- Commuting Accessories. offer the basics for getting around town
- Rentals. Simple rentals of brand new bicycles for tourist or local use.
- Cycling Resources. Resources and knowledgeable staff to answer questions
- Tours. the best way to experience the sights and sounds of Salt Lake is by bike
- Youth Employment. an excellent opportunity for Youth Employment Programs
- Jordan River Parkway. position the Cyclist Center near the Jordan River Parkway
BikeEd partnership with Manufacturers
The Collective approached the League of American Bicyclists with the idea to partner with bicycle manufacturers to recruit their customers to take the Bike Ed courses. The program is similar to the (motorcycle program) in that product manufacturers will provide financial support for the courses and the customers will then be armed with the knowledge of what gear they need. There will be a BikeEd training for shop staff/ownership administered by local LCIs, and courses for customers could be taught at or near the local bike shops as convenient venues. The League is on board with the new idea and the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective will pilot this program.
The mission of the Bike Collective Network is to strengthen and encourage communication and resource sharing between existing and future community bike shops. Collectively we can improve a bigger wheel as opposed to re-inventing smaller ones.
When Jonathan started working full-time, he initiated this web-based resource in order to capture the successes and failures of other organizations and programs.
Expansion of Earn-a-Bike Classes
We have had such a great experience with our YouthCity partnership that we decided expand the program. Starting in the beginning of January 2007 we be offering Earn-a-Bike classes to the children in the YWCA program.
Sponsors and Volunteers
This has been a landmark year for us, and we owe that all to you! If you aren't sure you deserve such credit, think again. We are truly lucky to have all the volunteers, donors, students, partnerships, and exciting people that collectively make us happen. Cheers to a fantastic year, and a new years resolution to make 2007 even better.
Thank you to the following sponsors for supporting our success in 2006
- George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation
- Wells Fargo
- Tides Foundation
- John C. Griswold Foundation
- Lou Melini and Cindy Dangerfield at Willow Creek Pediatrics for your donations
Mark Kennedy, Mike Haring, Pete Stoughton, Patrick Phillips, Janet Wolfe, Ken Perko, and Kim Thomas for support with YouthCity Bike Bonanza
Erica Frumin, Jay Vasquez, Eric Estlund, Ryan Lewis, Dan Gerhart, and Kim Thomas for support with the YouthCity ArtCycle Apprenticeship (http://www.slcbikecollective.org/content/view/94/1/)
Dakota Broadhead, Brandon Cooley, Mike Diniz, Kailani Greyeyes, Jayson Helsley, Devin Johnson, Holly Leopardi, Rubel Martinez, Jeff Medina, Tryana Scaramella, Dan Q. Tham
Kenzie Hamblin, Alexis Day, Jesus Solis, Tyler Armstrong, Tommy Russell, Joshua Alvarez, Ciara Cruz, Deyshawn Chapman
Community Bike Shop
XMission, Patrick Beecroft, Clinton Watson, Mark Wade, Russ Hopkins, Erica Frumin, Inacio Lopez, Eric Estlund, Kemmer Evans, Kahea Hendrickson, Tim Bardsley, Cristian Vicari, John Malloy, Robert Williams, Daniel Schmidt, Don Ries, Todd, Cal, Michael Diniz, and others who have helped make the shop the inviting, community hub that it is.
Valet Bicycle Parking
Max Shrives, Ross Sullivan, Ron Ferrucci, Brian Price, Ali Knutson, Patrick Beecroft, Tamara Artz, Michael Wise, Brenton Chu, Edward Whitney, Joellyn Manville, Sundra Allen, and Mike Glasgow for offering bike valet at the Downtown Farmer’s Market
YESCo, Steve White, Will Moulton, Gary Manville, and Red Rock Signs for our beautiful exterior furnishings
Stephanie Harpst and Kathi Mulchin of Wells Fargo for in-kind donations of telescoping stools, our office desk and chair, a podium, coat rack, rolling white board, and our new display case.
Brian Price, Charlie Saba, Clinton Watson and James Fire for vehicular support
John and Bill Delvie of Delvie Plastics for the extra shop storage
Bonie and Tara Shupe of Girl Friday Designs for our impressive appearance in print
Ori Hoffer from Park City TV
The Ladybug Liz and KRCL for recording and producing our radio PSA
League Certified Instructors (LCIs)
All the LCIs for their enthusiasm and willingness to contribute and help build a new program: Ashley Keene, Bob Bayn, Brian Carter, Eric Estlund, Ronald Ferrucci, Mike Glasgow, Theron Jeppson, Doug Openshaw, Maurice Park, Brian Price, Christopher Quann, Susan Snyder, Don Williams, Micheal Wise, and Brad Woods
Marlin Shields, Max Shrives, Maurice Park, Tim Williams & the Columbus Center for participation at the Founders' Day Festival Bike Repair Clinic.
Eli (last name), Brin Bon, Theron Jeppson for contributions to the Bicycle Education Project grant proposal.
Special thanks to Sharon Briggs for gathering support at UDOT and being instrumental in providing the sponsorship for the Bicycle Education Project proposal.
Bike Collective Awards
In the final 2006 issue of Cycling Utah the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective was named the Road Club of the Year. And Jason Bultman, the Collective’s President, took home the award for "Bicycle Advocate of the Year." (Excerpts here – get permission)
Thank you for the honors Cycling Utah. We are lucky to have Dave Ward and Dave Iltis as the publisher and editor of Cycling Utah, for their commitment and generosity to bicycle advocacy in Utah. And thanks to the leadership of Lou Melini at the MBAC and Dan Fazini Jr at the SLCBAC, support for bicycling is strong in both the City and County governments. In January 2007 Mayor Rocky Anderson and his staff created a strong “complete streets” policy by issuing an executive order which “…requires the City to establish pedestrian and bicycle ways in new City construction or reconstruction projects in the public right of way.” Thanks to all of you who have been active in your community or government to support bicycling.
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PO Box 2400 Salt Lake City, UT 84110
- Community Bike Shop
2312 S. West Temple Salt Lake City, UT 84115
- Website: www.slcbikecollective.org
- Phone: 801-FAT-BIKE (801-328-2453)
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