The Auburn Bike Committee is looking for enthusiastic cyclists
to help launch some new projects and initiatives and they need YOUR help.
We recognize that individuals have their own special talents and we feel
confident that this list has something that can appeal to almost anyone.
Some of these projects need a leader to coordinate other volunteers. Some
of them can be worked on independently. And the best news is that
they can be accomplished outside of the bimonthly meetings. Take a look
at the list and consider fulfilling your civic endeavors by helping to advance
cycling in our community. If you have any questions about any projects,
contact Brandy Ezelle. Even better, let us know about your ideas and
let’s see if we can make them happen too!
Newsletter Distribution – This project would involve
utilizing a third party program like MailChimp to create and distribute a
Newsletter about all the wonderful bicycling in this area. Other cyclist
could be contributing editors. The Newsletter could be sent quarterly,
bimonthly, or weekly depending on available content and your availability.
PR Specialist – Work with the Bike
Committee, the City of Auburn, and others to promote upcoming events, exciting
news (such as new bike facilities or racks), and any other accolades.
This may involve creating graphics, distributing to media sources, or other
avenues of promotion.
Web Development – Work with City staff to
improve the Bicycle Auburn website using the allowed parameters. This
could include content changes, graphics changes, or other ideas for
Bicycle Handout Materials – The Committee has numerous
flyers and handouts for distribution. Many of them have the same or
similar content. And some are just plain old and outdated.
Assistance is needed to refresh these materials by consolidating them with our
own designs or finding other non-copywrited courses.
Comprehensive Bike Map - Work with City staff to develop a
comprehensive bike map that shows existing bike facilities as well as bike rack
locations, free air locations, service station, parks or other destinations of
interest to cyclists.
Bike Month Coordinator - Develop and Implement
activities and events in recognition of National Bike Month in May.
Previous and potential activities include Bike to Work rides and/or breakfast,
Bike to School competitions, bike facility clean-ups, educational outreach, and
many others. Great resources and ideas can be found at http://bikeleague.org/bikemonth.
These programs could be coordinated independently or with a team of volunteers.
Easter Egg Hunt Ride – Sure, this needs a catchier
name, but the ideas for this ride is to create a route through a local park
where kids can ride from one station to the next. At each station they
can learn about bike safety and hunt for an Easter egg.
Bicycle Benefits Program – Bicyclebenefits.org is an
on-line tool that works through local business to reward cyclists for doing
what they love, riding bikes. Volunteers are needed to reach out to the
local businesses and encourage them to participate in bicyclebenefits.org. If
you are interested in this, contact Brandy for full details.
Bicycle Friendly Businesses through the League of American
Bicyclist – The League of American Bicyclists encourages local businesses
to apply for their Bicycle Friendly Business Program. Volunteers are
needed to contact local businesses and encourage them to apply with the
League’s program. Local businesses participation in the program helps
Auburn advance to a higher level of Bicycle Friendly Community.
Bike Safety Courses – Develop some programs or
initiatives to help promote bicycle safety education to the citizens and area
cyclists. This could involve becoming a League Cycling Instructor or
setting up safety courses through local bike shops, city schools, civic groups,
and recreation centers.
Bike Maintenance Courses - Develop some programs or initiatives
to help educate the citizens and area cyclists regarding routine bike
maintenance and repairs such as oiling chains and changing flats. This
could involve setting up workshops through local bike shops, civic groups and
Re-Cycle A Bike – Revive the Re-cycle a bike
program that helps low-moderate income participants earn a bike by working on
bikes for themselves and/or others. This could work in conjunction with
the Bike Maintenance Courses project described above.
Safe Routes to School – Work through local schools
and PTAs to implement Safes Routes to School Programs for children.
Great resources and ideas can be found at http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/.
This could also include creating bike clubs at local elementary schools similar
to the Unicycle Clubs and could be launched as a part of the on-going 4th
Grade Bicycle Education Program http://www.auburnalabama.org/cycle/Default.aspx?PageID=725.
This would likely involve a team of volunteers and any of the initiatives (bike
clubs, safety workshops, helmet giveaways, etc) could be implemented
independently. There are LOTS of opportunities here for ALL school grades.
Implement safe cycling training
Implement bike maintenance
Implement Cycling Clubs in School
Implement Earn-A-Bike Programs
Give free Helmets
Assist with establishing safe routes through the schools and City of Auburn
via signage and sidewalks or walking and biking trains
Giveaway Free Helmets – Implement ways to distribute
free helmets provided easily through the state government.
Maps and Routes
Local Bike Tour – Develop a local self-guided
bike tour or scavenger hunt featuring popular local establishments such as
restaurants, museums, and parks to draw tourism from surrounding
Regional Bike Tour – Develop a self-guided or
tour based bike tour featuring popular local establishments such as
restaurants, museums, and parks to draw tourism from across the country.
Sojourn Touring may have an interest in partnering on this. It would likely be
a multi-day tour.