Summer 2009

New School Year- New commitments!!

If you have been considering pushing your student to ride, max/ride, bus/ride to school, now is the time to start those learning sessions.  We have a new 7th student in our household who will be riding to the maxline and commuting to Beaverton’s ACMA school.  Her mom is running the route with her a few times in the next couple weeks before school to show her where to go and how to get her bike on/off the hook.

Safe riding for kids here in Portland is available!  Take advantage of it.

MLC parents, if you are interested in having your student meet up with the bike bus this year please contact me directly at: rosestonelit@yahoo.com.  The route map for North Portland is still the same and the times are accurate.  It will be nice to know who to expect.

If you haven’t seen some of the fun stuff the 2008 bike bus did check out our photo blog in the right column and also check out a fun video clip that has been posted on the city’s safe routes to schools blog!

I hope you are all having a grand summer!  See you on the bus!

-Angela & Brie (8th grade)

Published in: on August 19, 2009 at 7:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

MLC Bike Bus May 4th Sweep Schedule

Any reports of cyclists getting caught in the crazy blast on Saturday?

The sweep (lead) schedule is as follows:

  • Mon- A.M. Tracy, P.M. (Brie lead)
  • Tues – A.M. Tracy P.M. Angela (Brie lead)
  • Wed – A.M. Angela , P.M. (Brie lead)
  • Thurs – A.M. Dallas, P.M. Dallas (Clay)
  • Fri – A.M. Scott, P.M. Dallas (Clay)

See you on the bus!

Published in: on May 4, 2009 at 6:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

MLC Bike Bus April 27th Sweep Schedule

Our kids led us on a couple of after school excursions. The sun apparently expanding taste buds to include ice creams. First at the beginning of the week a stop at Cool Moon next to Jamison Square Park and then a 20 minute layover for the free scoop line at Ben & Jerry’s.

A short brief summery week. We hope to see it again soon

The sweep (lead) schedule is as follows:

  • Mon- A.M. No Bus, P.M. (Brie lead)
  • Tues – A.M. Scott P.M. John (Ketl lead)
  • Wed – A.M. John , P.M. (Ketl lead)
  • Thurs – A.M. Scott, P.M. Dallas (Clay lead)
  • Fri – A.M. Tracy, P.M. Dallas(Clay lead)

See you on the bus!

Published in: on April 27, 2009 at 2:45 am  Leave a Comment  

MLC Bike Bus April 20th Sweep Schedule

We’re starting to think about what opportunities there are for getting more kids on their bikes! We’ll try to schedule a couple of clinics just like last year and a few group rides, offer tips and tricks that we’ve found helpful riding with our kids over the years…

So, if you’re new to the bike bus scene or have been following our progress this last year, this is your opportunity to connect with us and let’s get your kids riding

The sweep (lead) schedule is as follows:

  • Mon- A.M. Tracy, P.M. Brie
  • Tues – A.M. Tracy P.M. Angela (Brie lead)
  • Wed – A.M. Lisa, P.M. Lisa (Ketl lead)
  • Thurs – A.M. Scott, P.M. Angela (Clay lead?)
  • Fri – A.M. Scott, P.M. Angela (Brie lead)

See you on the bus!

Published in: on April 20, 2009 at 9:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

MLC Bike Bus April 13th Sweep Schedule

This week on Friday be prepared to stop at REI for an hour!  Their bike mechanic is going to teach the kids how to adjust their brakes and give their bike’s a tune-up.

Great timing for all the great Spring rides coming up

The sweep (lead) schedule is as follows:

  • Mon- A.M. Tracy, P.M. Tracy (Brie lead)
  • Tues – A.M. Tracy P.M. Angela
  • Wed – A.M. Tracy, P.M. Tracy (Brie lead)
  • Thurs – A.M. Tracy, P.M. Angela
  • Fri – A.M. Scott, P.M. Angela (REI, bike maintenance)

See you on the bus!

Published in: on April 13, 2009 at 1:02 am  Leave a Comment  

MLC Bike Bus April 6th Lead Schedule

I’ve been thinking about something for awhile and that is the focus on safety and for the schedule has been on the “lead” position. I think this is inconsistent with, and poses a conflict when for safety reasons, a single adult with the bus should be in the sweep, or rear position.

So to be consistent I propose that this become the “sweep” schedule and that any more than the one committed sweep will fill in as lead.

Any comments, thoughts or suggestions??

The sweep (lead) schedule is as follows:

  • Mon- A.M. Tracy, P.M. Tracy (Brie lead)
  • Tues – A.M. Scott, P.M. Angela
  • Wed – A.M. Scott, P.M. Tracy (Brie lead)
  • Thurs – A.M. Tracy, P.M. Angela
  • Fri – A.M. Tracy, P.M. Dallas (Clay lead)

See you on the bus!

Published in: on April 5, 2009 at 11:40 pm  Comments (1)  

MLC Bike Bus March 16th Lead Schedule

Hopefully when I load this new post the bike school bus movie that we made will appear.

Mostly for fun, but also a failed attempt to get it into a local Filmed By Bike venue, this short short is not only a testament to the fallacy of our beliefs on safety that keep us in our cars, but also to the uncompromised abilities that our kids show when given the opportunity to grow.

My byline: “On their ho hum bike-to-school commute these kids dream of some of the “other” bike culture in their fair city of Portland.”

While definitely not “ho hum” the commuter cyclist is definitely different than some of the other bike culture that we see around. It was fun to exploit it all a bit!

Week after next is SPRING BREAK!!! Perhaps there will be good weather for a family bike trip down the Springwater Corridor to Sellwood. Enjoy!!

The lead schedule is as follows:

  • Mon- A.M. Tracy, P.M. Angela
  • Tues – A.M. Tracy, P.M. Brie 4:15
  • Wed – A.M. Tracy, P.M. Tracy
  • Thurs – A.M. Dallas, P.M. Clay
  • Fri – A.M. Tracy, P.M. Clay

See you on the bus!

Published in: on March 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

MLC Bike Bus March 9th Lead Schedule

One of the great things about being a commuter cyclist in our city is that you realize how much there really is to see, and investigate.

When we stop at the top of the Broadway Bridge after school, we take the time to see what’s new with the river and the surroundings.   Something I’ve always wondered and posed the question to the kids and other parents is: why do tugboats seem to pull more than they tug, and how do they do it?

I found this great blog about tugboat anatomy.  This guy answers those two questions right at the outset, plus he writes about the history of tugboats and what they look like from the inside.  We always see these boats on the river, so it was interesting to me, and may be to you.   Pass on to the kids.

The lead schedule is as follows:

  • Mon- A.M. Travis, P.M. Tracy
  • Tues – A.M. Tracy, P.M.  Brie 4:15
  • Wed – A.M. Tracy, P.M. Angela
  • Thurs – A.M. Travis, P.M. Brie
  • Fri – A.M. Tracy, P.M. Angela

See you on the bus!

Published in: on March 9, 2009 at 2:12 am  Leave a Comment  

MLC Bike Bus March 2nd Lead Schedule

Okay you guys! Rock climbing at REI was a hit. We’ve got some great photos. Check them out here. 2 breakfast on the bridges in one week, yikes! The sugar in those doughnuts….

The bike bus movie viewing was fun this evening and almost everyone was there, including drivers, cameramen and child actors. We’ll see if it makes it to the Filmed By Bike cut.

Let’s review with the kids again some safety. I was able to ride as a 3rd adult in the midsection of the bus this week and noticed some things:

1st Laziness. The kids are just following through the stops without looking for their own safety. They HAVE to be their own vehicle in this regard.

2nd Dangly things. Backpack straps, shoelaces, etc. Potential pavement burn, not to mention if getting caught while in some of our traffic cross points.

3rd Chattiness. It’s great that the kids feel they can chat and we do it too, BUT the sweep adult has to be aware of car backs and what the kids are up to throughout the ride. They are the only adult eye that can see everything. If we can chat we need to be able to cut it with vocal riding commands.

That being said, all is well and we have now 2 of our kids doing lead in the afternoon. Awesome. Let’s remind them that the bus goes no faster than the slowest rider. (Sometimes that’s me.) At this point, let’s not have them lead in the mornings at the Flint & Broadway exchange.

The lead schedule is as follows:

  • Mon- A.M. Tracy, P.M. Tracy
  • Tues – A.M. Scott, P.M. Brie 4:15
  • Wed – A.M. Tracy, P.M. Angela
  • Thurs – A.M. Dallas, P.M. Clay
  • Fri – NO SCHOOL

See you on the bus!

Published in: on March 2, 2009 at 3:57 am  Leave a Comment  

MLC Bike Bus February 23rd Lead Schedule

Well hopefully we’ve all gone the rounds with the winter colds and are able to better enjoy the rides!  The sun is coming up all around us in the mornings on our ride to school and it’s beautiful!

A couple of things are happening this week.  It is last Friday with Breakfast on the Bridge.  You can ride straight on through the Rose Quarter these days on the green stripe.  Directly to donuts, juice & coffee.  They even give out late slips if you hang out too long!  (Though I don’t think the teachers really accept them.)

Also, the make-up snow day on Friday last, cancelled our rock climb at REI, so James has rescheduled us for this week.  Please email me to rsvp by Wednesday so I can give him the number of kids that will be climbing.

ALSO! If you haven’t rsvp’d to the evite for the movie viewing party this Sunday, please do so.  If we don’t have more coming we might have to change the venue.

This past couple of weeks I’ve noticed that kids are really striking out on their own w/o parents.  It’s great to see.   I want to remind parents that it is the safest policy to make sure that you ride behind the children.  A couple of the kids are more than ready to take lead and should in the event that there is only one adult present. (Hopefully that doesn’t happen often.)

The lead schedule is as follows:

  • Mon- A.M. Lisa, P.M. Angela
  • Tues – A.M. Tracy, P.M.  Brie 4:15
  • Wed – A.M. Travis, P.M. Angela
  • Thurs – A.M. John, P.M. Tracy
  • Fri – A.M. Scott(Breakfast on the Bridge), P.M. Angela (REI rock climbing)

See you on the bus!

Published in: on February 22, 2009 at 7:15 pm  Comments (1)