PROVIDING SAFETY EDUCATION
ENCOURAGEMENT AND TRANSPORTATION
YOUTH BICYCLE EDUCATION PROGRAM-Next Session Starts September 7th!
Bike It! is open to kids aged 10 and up, and consists of eight sessions held on Saturdays, from 9am to noon. Each session includes instruction and a bike ride. All participants receive a T-shirt, water bottle, patch kit and bike multi-tool. Bikes and helmets are provided, or bring your own. The next session starts on September 7th and registration is now open. Cost: $50.00 for YMCA Members and $75.00 for Non-members. Scholarships are available – no one is turned away. Sign up in the Y Membership Office or online
The Tour de Kingston and Ulster
Thanks to everyone who made the 2019 Tour De Kingston and Ulster bike ride a great success! We had our biggest turnout ever – 270 riders – and over 100 them participated in the Kingston Family Ride. Hats and helmets off to our largest ever group of sponsors – including headliners HealthAlliance, Herzogs Home Center and Kingston Plaza. For more information on our sponsors and fun Tour facts, go to https://www.tourdekingston.com/
Also check out the Kingston Happenings Facebook photo gallery at https://www.facebook.com/pg/KingstonHappeningsofKingstonNY/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2344417559009409
Congratulations to Madison Burke, the TDK 2019 Scholarship Recipient
Madison is the daughter of Meghan and Patrick Burke and has lived in Kingston her whole life, as have her parents. She graduated from Kingston High School in June, and has been active in sports as a varsity basketball player, serving as captain of the team and was named a scholar athlete the past two years. In the community she has worked during the summer as a Kingston camp counselor and loves being able to interact with the children and be a role model. She will be attending Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh in the fall. She plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and eventually further her career as a nurse practitioner. She will use her Tour De Kingston scholarship award to assist in tuition costs and looks forward to being able to give back to her hometown by serving the healthcare needs in the community.
(Madison is pictured with Tom Polk, YMCA Bicycle Educator and Co-Chair of the TDK Organizing Committee)
BICYCLE DONATION AND REUSE PROGRAM
GOT A BIKE?
Then check out the Lend-A-Wheel Program!
The YMCA accepts donated bikes and recycles them! If an old bike is cluttering up your garage, the Y could use it. Or if your child has outgrown a bike, it may be great for another child. Your bike will make a difference in the life of an adult or youth in our community! What kind of bikes are we looking for? View our Bicycle Donation Guidelines
OR NEED A BIKE?
Then check out the Lend-A-Wheel Program!
If you need a bike to get to work, school, appointments or errands, you can request one. As bikes get donated and fixed, we will contact you with just the right one! Click HERE for a bike request form today!
Learn To Ride Bicycle Education Lessons: For those who never learned to ride a bike, we have a 2-hour program geared to getting you riding or your money back! With our safe, easy, effective method, you’ll learn how to balance, start, stop and steer a bike, as well as adjust a helmet for proper fit. Cost: $25.00. Location: YMCA. Contact us to schedule your lesson!
School and Summer Programs: The Y Bike Education staff work with schools and summer camps across Ulster County. We have programs for kids in grades K – 8. Contact us for more details, or to start a program at your location!
Community Biking Events
The YMCA partners with our local bike advocacy and education group, Bike Friendly Kingston to hold weekly “Slow Rides,” which are great for families and beginner riders. Slow Rides leave from the YMCA parking lot at 6pm every Thursday. For ride details and possible cancellations due to weather, check the Bike Friendly Kingston Facebook page informaton https://www.facebook.com/groups/bikefriendlykingstonny/
Bike Fixing at the Kingston Repair Cafe
The Y and Bike Friendly Kingston are joining forces with the Kingston Repair Cafe http://www.repaircafehv.org/kingston for a free bike clinic on Saturday, October 5th from 11 to 2 (last bike at 2pm, please!) at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 104 Wurts Street, Kingston. Bring you bike in for some basic repairs, or our advice on what needs fixing!
O+ Festival and Bike Rides in October
Save the date – Saturday, October 12th – for bike rides in conjunction with the O+ Festival in Kingston (October 11 – 13). https://opositivefestival.org/ The Y will be hosting the Mural to Mural Recovery Ride at 9am, which will tour the city and stop at the new (and some old) murals created by O+ artists. We’re working on the route, but you can expect a 7-10 mile ride around Midtown and Uptown Kingston. There will be pizza for the Mural to Mural riders at the Y. Longer rides will kick off from Rough Draft Bar and Books and finish with a barbecue at Keegan Ales on St. James Street, starting at about noon.
We also participate in public events such as farmers’ markets, street fairs and outdoor festivals. Depending on the setting and audience, education activities can include helmet fitting and giveaways, presentations on traffic safety, distribution of safety literature, bike skills demonstrations, bike rodeos, bicycle safety checks and repairs. The focus is on underserved and disadvantaged populations, who are also some of the most vulnerable to traffic injuries and fatalities. Contact us with details of your event!
THE BICYCLE EDUCATION PROGRAM IS DIRECTED BY TOM POLK, BICYCLE EDUCATOR FOR THE YMCA. HE IS A LIFE-LONG CYCLIST AND HAS BEEN INSTRUCTING YOUTH AND ADULTS IN SAFE CYCLING FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS. TOM HOLDS A CERTIFICATION FROM THE LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS AS A LEAGUE CYCLING INSTRUCTOR AND IS CERTIFIED AS A MOUNTAIN BIKE GUIDE BY THE INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKE ASSOCIATION.
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