Thursday, March 08, 2012


Learning to give something back, the kids of b.i.k.e. created the Olympic Training Center's "Kid's on Bikes" coaching curriculum created by Mark Tyson and Portland's own Phil Claude, in the parking lot of the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct today .

Passing the torch of skilled bike riding in a safe environment has become the skill of some young impresarios.

Visionary young bicycle racers are giving their time after school to nurture a younger cycling team than themselves.

Working indoors on linoleum floors with slower speeds in a smaller circle, the elder coaches from Bicycles and Ideas for Kids' Empowerment have built up the handling skills of the Blazer Boys and Girls Club studentbody by teaching a class once a week for the last year.

When they see the Kids of b.i.k.e. show up, they cheer!

Some Boys and Girls Club kids literally LEARNED to ride a bicycle in this class.

Today the sun came out and we knew...

Outside at last! Sun in March is like "first sun in the springtime!"

...wull, 'cause it IS the first sun of springtime!

Today, thanks to a quick and big response from Club Manager, Tim Sicocan, and Police Captain Walsh, Police cruisers were relocated and a huge space in the bustling police parking lot was provided.

Keegan and Noah made the announcement at the Afternoon Assembly.


And if you don't think this class is popular, especially amongst the 2nd to 4th graders, whew, you have not seen the competition that begins in the line!

Some kids experience real trepidation. They want it so bad, that joy of riding a bike, but they just don't know how to ride yet.

But this class teaches them to ride. If you are little, or you are afraid, this class helps you first.

All the coaches are nice and fun. They want to play too. They run along side you, or just walk and hold the kid up who is afraid to fall.

Kids who love it, race, then wait in line just to do it again.

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