Friday, September 18, 2009

Fundraiser for Norristown Neighborhood Bike Works

The Norristown Chapter of Neighborhood Bike Works will be holding a fundraiser on Sunday September 20 from 10:00am to 2pm next to the Schuylkill River Trail at 579 E. Main St. in Norristown. They will be selling snacks and drinks.

Please stop by and visit our booth. Paul and I will be there from 10 to noon.

Google map with the event location


In a recent effort to address the incidents against cyclists along the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT), particularly in Norristown, a group of cyclists organized to identify ways to attempt to change the relationship between cyclists and the Norristown community and create a positive impact on Norristown youth. They quickly focused on how we could create bicycling opportunities for area children

Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW) stepped forward to bring their proven and successful program to Norristown. With the help of the Norristown government we have a location to hold the Earn-a-Bike class at no charge at the Elmwood Park Band Shell. The band shell located within one mile of the Schuylkill River Trail and a short ride to the Norristown Farm Park Trail.

The Norristown chapter of Neighborhood Bike Works must raise its own funds to hold the first Earn-a-Bike class. The Earn-a-Bike class is fourteen two-hour after-school lessons, free to participants. Children 8 to 16 years old who participate in this program take classes on bike repair, riding skills, rules of the road and nutrition. Upon completion of the program the students can earn a bike and a helmet for themselves. Graduates are entitled to attend drop-in sessions and participate in group rides and other activities.

Thanks to the efforts of several local cycling clubs NBW has raised $1900.00 of the $5000.00 through on line donations.