Saturday, March 10, 2018

New Bike Club Starting at Irving Middle School

Scene from Falls Church bike club.
Safe Routes to School Coordinator Sally Smallwood reports that students at Irving Middle School will have the chance during May to participate in an after school bike club to learn basic bike maintenance skills. The club will meet every Tuesday from 2:25 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. After school specialist Brooke Samuelson is helping to organize the club with help from the Safe Routes to School office.

There are opportunities for FABB members to help out on this effort. If you have experience with bike maintenance and would like to volunteer, please contact Sally at saferoutestosschool@fcps.eduThe club also could use a couple of bike stands; if you have one to donate or loan, please send Sally a note. 

Each week students will work on a different part of their bike, learning about parts, changing a tire, adjusting the brakes, and cleaning and greasing the chain. Storage at Irving is an issue so students will need to bring their own bike. But, students may come to the club even if they don’t own a bike. The club tentatively plans to do some short rides at the end of each session to learn more about safe bike riding. 

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