Happy Labor Day Weekend, everyone! Happy Back to School! Happy Back to Work! (Well, okay, we won't go too far...) Happy Back to the Regular Commute!
I've been very lax in getting one of these newsletters out during August (vacation mentality), but some upcoming dates are looming large and need to be advertised yesterday. :-) Because I'm also leaving to go camping in a few hours, I'm going to have to just highlight the events now, and send out a second newsletter with other topics next week. Thanks for bearing with me.
>>> IMPORTANT DATES <<<Traffic Safety Seminar
Wednesday, September 3, 7 - 9 PM
Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St.
This month's seminar will be taught by member Jim Tasse
. Jim is the director of the Healthy Casco Bay, a Healthy Maine Partnership serving ten towns north of Portland (visit www.healthycascobay.org). Jim is a League of American Bicyclists' "League Cycling Instructor," and has worked as a bicycle advocate and safety educator as part of his health promotion work for the last five years. He has nearly twenty years in the bike industry as bicycle mechanic and cycling tour guide, and is an avid mountain, road, and commuting cyclist.
Wed Sep 17, 7-9 PM
Healthy Casco Bay, 134 Congress St.
This Tech Seminar will also be taught by Jim, and will cover:
1. Quick overall bike condition assessment and problem identification (Checking headset, BB, wheels true, hubs, brakes, derailleur hanger, visual inspection of chain)
2. Basic fit considerations.
3. The basic home toolkit
4. How to fix a flat
5. How to adjust shifting and brakes
5. Q and A--What do YOU want to know? What problems does your bike have?
!Green Streets Day
September 29, All Day
A jam-packed celebration of green commuting, encompassing the normal monthly Green Streets Day, the monthly Critical Mass ride, and this month, the Green Streets One-Year Anniversary Celebration!
The Critical Mass ride starts at 6 PM from Monument Square, the last Friday of every month. The Anniversary Celebration will likely be immediately after that, but please check the site for more details as the time gets closer. We've got some exciting stuff in the works, but in the spirit of recent VP picks, they must remain secret until the time is right.
A Short Word About Critical Mass
Since I brought it up... Critical Mass
(CM) is an international decentralized movement that celebrates the place of bicycles in transportation. Intentionally having no official leadership, it means a lot of different things to different people, and it is difficult to pin down to a single mission. If you've heard of CM, you may have heard of some of the negative things that sometimes happen in some large cities (as with any decentralized mass happening), and as a result, established cycling advocates and clubs are not always comfortable promoting it.
However, the flavor differs from place to place, and I was able attend Portland's CM Ride on August Green Streets Day, 8/29, to check it out for myself. On this occasion, at least, expectations were set to stay together and stop at red lights, addressing one of my main concerns, and for the most part things went very calmly. The current "promoter" (I think CM can at least be said to have promoters) in Portland is our member Michelle Colleen Boisvert
, and I believe after having ridden in it that this monthly "group ride for non-club cyclists" can make a positive contribution towards our common goals of getting more people to be more comfortable using their bikes legally and safely on the streets, for transportation, and creating a rich transportational cycling community in the Portland area. So, come on out on September 26 and give it a try!
Have a good and safe weekend, everyone; more next week!!