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Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in FBA | 1 comment

North Port Positive

  Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.” ― Plato 

Last Friday I witnessed the good actions of the Sarasota-Manatee Bicycle Club firsthand by attending a bicycle rodeo in North Port.  Granted June is not the idea time to be conducting bicycle drills on a black top, I liked the concept of having the rodeo as part of the Parks and Recreation Department summer camp.  The kids liked it too.

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A thumbs up for bicycle safety education!

According to SMBC president Bud Gaunce, the club hosts a few bicycle rodeos throughout the year, but this was the first in North Port during the summer camp.  Club members who regularly volunteer to work the rodeos have the set-up down to a science, team up at their favorite drill, and partake in a post-event discussion on how to improve for the next one.  I was inspired and happy to be a part of what one club member stated as, “the best thing the club does”.

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Club president Bud Gaunce goes over course instructions with the volunteer crew.

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The tire pumping crew was busy throughout the morning.

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I got busy with the helmet-fitting crew.

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First drill, learning the proper start-up stance..

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..practice stopping and looking both ways at intersections..

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..following directions..

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..and finish with safety swag for completing the course!

Over 100 children, ages 3 to 14, participated in the bicycle rodeo.  City of North Port Recreation Program Director for Parks and Recreation Jay Auxier stated in an email, “Best thing that we’ve done for the kids this summer!”

City of North Port Program Coordinator Kathy Forsyth commented,

“The children all had such a good time.  The parents that have been picking up the children are amazed with the helmets.  Hopefully our bikers of the future will have a better appreciation and understanding  of the rules of the road.”

Thank you Sarasota-Manatee Bicycle Club for the “positive spin” and good actions to inspire the youth and community of North Port.  Keep up the good work!

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1 Comment

  1. Becky, Thanks for putting your helmet fitting certificate to work. It was a great day, a little warm yes, but one with out rain.

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