Spinning Your (Bike) Wheels

 May 2011

By Cynthia Ruzzi

Most days you can find Ella (11) riding her bike to school with her sister, Honor (6) accompanied by mom, Shannon.  Prompted by a particularly beautiful spring day, Ella asked her mom, “Why don’t more kids ride to school”?  The three discussed the issue along their morning ride, over dinner that evening and into the following day.  In fact, the conversation provided the inspiration to find ways to encourage others to take advantage of the lovely – and mostly flat terrain of our community.

These three charming bicyclists are reaching out across our community to share the advantages of commuting on two wheels citing that almost half the trips we make from our homes are within two miles and that fifty percent of the working population commutes five miles or less to work.  Ella was quick to add that, “Most of us have a pollution-free vehicle sitting right in our garage that can reduce traffic, improve our health and really be a lot of fun”.

Besides working on starting a ‘bicycle train’ (a group of children and adult leaders riding together to and from school), the girls wanted to encourage Moms and Dads in our community to get bikes and use them. With the help of mom Shannon and local businesses we’ll all be able to ‘Get the Right Fit, Without Spinning Our Wheels’ at Danville’s First Bike Fit Expo on Sunday, May 22nd from 1pm – 4pm at The Studio, in the Rose Garden in Danville.

The Bike Fit Expo host The Studio, is teaming with Danville Bike, the Town of Danville Street Smarts program and Sustainable Danville Area to provide a free community event to learn how to get the right bike for your needs. The entire Giant 2011 Bike Collection, ranging from casual beach cruisers to high performance racing bikes will be available on training stands for visitors to experience the differences in the type of bikes.

Danville Bikes will provide professional custom fittings, as well as demonstrations on clipless pedals, advice on bike saddles and helmet fittings for comfort and safety.  Knowing how much I like to accessorize, I can’t wait to check out the selection of cycling apparel for my family rides. Ten percent (10%) of the proceeds from your purchases at the Bike Fit Expo will go to the local school of your choice or to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Team ClubSport will be on hand to provide information about local training and racing for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Visitors will also benefit from meeting Giant Bike Representative and USA Cycling Coach, Kelli Poindexter who will be available to answer our most perplexing cycling questions.

If all this isn’t enough inspiration to wipe off the dust, pump up the tires and hit the streets – here’s more!  Don’t miss the 2011 kickoff of the Cruising Tuesday’s Bike Ride, hosted by Norm’s Place.  This group celebrates their seventh year of weekly family-friendly rides with this year’s first event on May 5th.  Join the Cinco de Mustache ride  and wear a Sombrero for a free beverage.  More information visit www.normsgrill.com.

If you still need additional reasons to get on your bike, then May12th is Bike-to-Work Day.  This nationwide event in its 17th year and is meant to encourage new bikers to try commuting on two wheels.  To give those intrepid riders some extra encouragement, the Town of Danville and the San Ramon Valley Street Smart Program will host a morning Energizer Station on the Iron Horse Trail (behind Lunardi’s in Danville 6:30am – 9:00am) offering refreshments and giveaways.

Right bike? Check.  Comfortable clothes? Check.  Sunscreen? Check.  Helmet? A must!  Danville Area Sustainable Businesses – Norm’s Place, La Boulange Bakery and Jules Thin Crust will encourage safe bicycle riding by offering Bike-to-Lunch specials for two wheeling customers who visit with their bike helmet on Bike-to-Work Day, Thursday, May 12th and before the Bike Fit Clinic on May 22nd.

Want company?  Check out one of the upcoming family-friendly bike rides.  Sustainable Danville Area invites the entire family to follow the Iron Horse Trail to the Bike Fit Expo on Sunday May 22nd.  Meandering from San Ramon Valley High School on the trail starting at  11:30am, we’ll arrive at The Rose Garden by 1:00pm to check out all the fun. Take a detour and wander into town for lunch and catch up with us at The Studio.

Not ready to ride yet?  Don’t worry – Kelli and Danville Bike plan to offer additional rides throughout the summer.  And remember, please  ride safely.

Reprinted with permission from Danville Today News/Alamo Today:http://yourmonthlypaper.com/pdfs/DT/2011/DT.2011.May.full.pdf