Here are some of the bike-tacular happenings around SC County over the next couple of weeks. Check them out, and help to spread the word.For more info on our annual Bike the Bay to Monterey ride over memorial day weekend, May 24-26, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 831 425-0667
((Artwork by Mike Joos: mikejoosart.blogspot.com))
Bike Month 1st Friday @ the MAH
Friday, May 2nd
5pm to 9pm
Bike Week kick-off party. Join us for an evening of live music, local artists & craft vendors
who will have items for sale, local frame builders and their sweet
rides, family friendly art stations such as our bike decorating station,
bike-blended drinks and ice cream, helmet giveaways and so much more!
- Amazing digital art by local teens from the Ride for Life Contest
- Bike decorating and parades around downtown
- Trials stunt rider Matt Meyer
Capitola Open Streets
Sunday, May 4th
11am- 4pmDon't miss the newest Open Streets in Capitola Village
on the Esplanade. Enjoy the car-free street for walking, biking and
play plus FREE activities, music and performances.
Bike art station, obstacle course, and more! Volunteer:
Have fun AND make a difference. Open Streets can’t happen without the support of the community. All volunteers receive a FREE Open Streets T-shirt and lunch
Bike to Work/School Week
Monday, May 5th - Friday May 9th
Get ready Santa Cruz! Ecology Action
has a fun-packed week of cyclist pampering activities planned just for
you starting on Friday May 2nd and running through the 9th, with the
official Bike To Work/School Day on Thursday May 8th.
Visit our Breakfast Site
page for a complete list of our 15 Bike To Work sites and our 45+ school sites and visit our Bike Week Schedule
page for a complete list of events and activities throughout the week.
Santa Cruz Bike Party Presents:
The (Bike) Empire Strikes Back Ride
Friday, May 9th
Rolls at 7pm
Meets at 703 Pacific Ave.Bring Star Wars inspired costumes, light sabers, and polish those storm trooper boots! Prizes for best individual and group costumes.
SC Bike Party is a fun, social ride every second Friday of the month.
Our goal is to have ridiculous amounts of fun on bikes. Riding together builds strong community!
Check out santacruzbikeparty.org for more info, info on past rides, and more.
This past May, over Memorial Day Weekend, Green Ways to School took participants on a 100+ mile bike tour to Monterey. Before the tour left, a news crew from KSBW came to get the scoop on the ride.
This year’s tour, Bike the Bay, brought together 13 riders from around Santa Cruz County. Adventures during the trip included scrambling over rocks at Lover’s Point, visiting the Museum of Monterey, rolling down the epic dunes near Seaside and eating lots of good food. Past participant Omar Fabian brought along his younger sister Aurora, who is going into her 2nd year at Harbor High. “It is always wonderful to see friendships forged and the community that gets built through these rides," says Green Ways Director Tawn Kennedy. “Students from Santa Cruz, Watsonville and beyond form connections that transcend traditional peer cliques and other social barriers. On the way back, one rider told me that he made a dozen new friends on the ride.”
Local nonprofit Green Ways to School is working with local teenagers to launch the Youth Committee for Bike Culture, a group that works to promote biking through community rides, presentations at schools, community service, and involvement in the local political process. By encouraging biking, the Committee aims to address safety issues, promote health and well-being, and empower youth voices in the political process. “A generation ago, walking and biking to school were the norm,” says Green Ways to School director Tawn Kennedy. “Nationally, in 1969, half of youth biked or walked to school. In 2009, only 13% did.” Green Ways is supporting the Youth Committee to challenge these trends, as well as the obstacles that teens face in getting to school car-free. “Many teens don’t feel safe on our roads, have not had proper training in how to safely use a bike in traffic, or don’t feel that they have a secure place to leave their bikes once they get to school,” says Kennedy. The Youth Committee for Bike Culture is run by teens like Esther Stillwell, president of the Santa Cruz High Bike Club. “The Youth Committee,” she says “is all about giving teens like me a voice in our community. We strive to make a difference in bicycling while also empowering other teens to take a stand about issues that matter to them.” Kennedy believes that this teen leadership is what makes the difference; “I’ve worked training teens as teachers in the past, and it is incredible how much young folks look up to their peers. Given the right tools, teens gain confidence and can become amazing leaders.” Youth input in the political process is a growing focus in Santa Cruz County. Watsonville launched a Youth City Council this past Fall, while Santa Cruz Mayor Hilary Bryant recently convened a Teen Town Hall where high school students from around the city presented on issues important to them and their peers. “I was moved by how eloquent the youth were in communicating their concerns, and by how excited the City Council members were about many of the solutions the youth suggested,” says Kennedy. “It was like a breath of fresh air in the political process. I was inspired to see if we couldn’t do something similar with Green Ways to School.”Casey Monahan, a senior at Harbor High and member of the committee, is excited to get other students involved in biking. “Making the bike movement accessible to youth is essential for it to survive and expand. I’m excited to see more faces dedicated to growing the biking community,” he explains. Green Ways to School is currently accepting applications for high school students interested in joining the committee. Interested teens can find out more information by visiting Green Ways’ web site: www.greenways2school.org, or by going to the career center at their schools. Join the Youth Committee for “Light Up the Night”, a youth and community bike ride and helmet giveaway on Friday February 8th. Free helmets will be distributed from 4-5pm at the Bike Church (703 Pacific Ave) as part of the County of Santa Cruz Health Services’ Helmet Fit program, with the ride leaving from the Bike Church at 5pm. Prizes will be awarded for the best lit bike and brightest rider, and the ride will end with free hot chocolate at the Museum of Art and History. The Youth Committee for Bike Culture will also sponsor “Bike to the Future,” a youth art, writing, and video contest that will launch later this month. Later this Spring, participants in the Committee will participate in Green Ways to School’s 4th Annual Tour of the Bay, a 100 mile bike tour from Santa Cruz to Monterey. Stay tuned to www.greenways2school.org for details.
Geez! What took us so long? Sorry for the substantial wait! We are so excited to announce the winners of this year's contest. Our judges were super impressed with the quality of the work from an array of Santa Cruz County students, and narrowed down the field to a group of excellent submissions, of those submissions, three have been declared the winners, and the rest honorable mention. The winners of the three categories will each receive $100 cash, and all of the finalist will receive a Green Ways to School t-shirt. We will publish the winning art and writing in the Green Ways to School magazine "Spoke" very soon. We'll also keep you posted about other venues in which we are sharing the results of the contest. See the results here.
What would Santa Cruz be like if sea levels were to rise? To find out, local high school students, community members, and Green Ways to School went on a tour of 100 years in the future, without a plan for dealing with global warming. Here
is an 8 minute preview of the full 30 minute video that we will soon post.
What's the deal with Santa Cruz and global warming? Well, the City is trying to put together a plan to address out local green house gas emissions. We're down! ...and we want the plan to be as strong as possible. What does that mean, you ask? Check out
what our friends at People Power have to say about it.
What does it take to create functional spaces for all road users? How can we support Watsonville to develop in a bike and pedestrian friendly way? Come to Bike Fresh Eat Local, and help answer these questions and build a two-wheeled vision for Watsonville!
Thursday, October 6th
4:00 - 7:00 PM
Watsonville Brown Beret Bike Shack
555 Main St. Behind Bank of America, by Pump'd We will meet at 4:00 pm for a bike skills workshop. At 4:30 we will go on a slow-paced family-friendly ride exploring the good, the bad and the possibility of biking in Watsonville. We will be joined by Jovenes SANOS, a program of SC County's United Way and the Watsonville Brown Berets. Along the way, we will stop to hear from local leaders working on providing safe access to food, work and recreation for cyclists and pedestrians in town. When we return, we will be greeted by the smells of a delicious meal prepared by D'La Colmena, a local market and partner with Jovenes SANOS. After food, there will be time for bike powered smoothies and giving input on the City of Watsonville's vision for bikes, pedestrians, and the upcoming redesign of the slough trails system. This is a great time to get involved. Please call (831) 425 0667 with any questions.
Hey! People Power and Green Ways to School are hiring a youth intern!
Our interns educate and encourage young people to use bicycling for transportation and assist us in advocating for human-powered transportation in Santa Cruz County.
The intern will provide support for projects and events including our 20th birthday party, valet bike parking on weekends, and campaigns for local bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
THE YOUTH INTERN SHOULD:
• Have a flexible schedule after school so as to prioritize working at PEOPLE POWER.
• Be self-motivated. (We’ll provide the training and supervision.)
• Be able to communicate ideas and values—verbally and in writing.
• Have a working bicycle and use it for transportation.
$9.00/hour—plus on-the-job training—for an average of 5 hours/week, through January 22nd, 2012 with the possibility of continuing in the spring.
Applications are available at your High School Career Centers and can be viewed here
and is attached at the bottom of this page. Please submit your completed application in person to the People Power office at 703 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz by noon, Monday, October 3rd.
a national not-for-profit that helps young people change the world, announced that Zachary Wolinski won a Summer Jobless Grant! Zach, in collaboration with Green Ways to School, will be organizing the Pimp My Bike and Poetry Slam summer events. DoSomething.org empowers and enables youth across the nation to make a difference in their community, and is one of the largest funders directly to young people in the US.
The purpose of the Summer Jobless Grant is to get teens involved in local initiatives and provide opportunities to volunteer. We are really excited to offer these events, but would love more teen volunteers! You can take
care of community hours, work to earn a bike and more! If you are interested in volunteering, or attending an event, give us a call
(831) 425 0667, shoot us a text (972) 628 0296, or drop an email:
greenways[at]peoplepowersc[dot]org or zwolinsk[at]ucsc[dot]edu, or just show up to an event! Check the schedule of events, and we'll see you there!
Do you want to style your bike out for going back to school? Wanna make your presence known when you are riding at night? Think it sucks that we lost two young people due to hit-and-runs during the month of June? Do something about it! Check out GW2S' Pimp My Bike workshops coming up in August! See this page for a location near you.