Thursday, June 24, 2010

A message to our volunteers and supporters


Hi B-Town Bike Fair Volunteers and Supporters –


What a blast we had on Saturday – and we absolutely couldn’t have done it without every one of you! Whether you supported us behind the scenes or came out to work with the kids or staff a booth – this was community cooperation at its best. Words can’t express the appreciation I feel for each one of you and the unique role you filled – thank you for your support and willing spirit! You are amazing!


While the weather was a bit on the chilly side for June and there were a few drops of rain, we had lots of participants. Over a hundred kids participated in the bike rodeo by getting bikes checked out, helmets fitted (125+ given out) and riding in the bike obstacle course. Some young riders went through that obstacle course over and over and over… Eleven participants completed the awesome bicycle scavenger hunt that Brooks put together and we hope that’s just the beginning of a tradition. We also had loads of trike-riders and the adaptive cycles were once again a hit. Bikeworks received many donated bikes for their organization, kids played the bean-bag toss game, people explored the bike samples booth and we had some great Bike Art from local high school students on display.


Check out some images from the event on our blog at www.btownbikefair.org (and stay tuned for future Burien bike activities)…


Thanks and until next time,

Anne, Brooks and Jimmy

B-Town Bike Fair Coordinators


P.S. Who made this happen? 10 Partner Organizations, 14 Business Donors/Participants, 9 Individual Donors, 52 Volunteers – WOW!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Best Pics from the B-Town Bike Fair

B-Town Bike Fair Favorites

As we get ready to post our thank you's to all who supported this great event, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite photos from last Saturday.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Bike Fair Tomorrow - This short clip says it all

Well tomorrow's the big day when two-wheeled pedal-powered monsters will descend on Burien. Months of preparation, legions of volunteers, and donuts will all come together tomorrow morning starting at 10am.

Why should you come? Fun, health, sustainability, maybe some free stuff. Even if you don't care about those things you will at least come because our children (who have endured endless meetings) believe that this is the biggest deal on the planet and they believe you will come..... rain or shine.

So we, and our kids, hope to see you tomorrow and hope this is great pedal stroke forward for Burien in promoting healthy transportation choices in our lovely little town.

Peace.

Brooks, Jimmy, & Anne

Saturday, June 12, 2010

10 indications that it's time to donate that old bicycle at the B-Town Bike Fair next Saturday

  1. You weren't sure whether it was even in the garage to begin with.
  2. Your child's knees hit their chin when they pedal.
  3. The noise from the rusty chain drowns out the 3rd runway.
  4. You don't know how to fix the flat tire and don't plan on learning.
  5. You believe in karma.
  6. It hasn't been ridden since Lance's last Tour De France victory (2005)
  7. Selling on Craigslist scares you now.
  8. The streamers clash with your spandex race shorts.
  9. It would provide the perfect excuse to buy that new one you want.
  10. You like the idea of a kid, who can't afford to buy a bike, learning how to fix it up and earning it by volunteering.
There are many good reasons to bring that old forgotten bike to the B-Town Bike Fair on Saturday June 19th.

Seattle nonprofit, Bike Works will be there at Fair on SW 152nd and 5th Ave SW in Burien to receive bike donations and talk about their programs from 10am to 3pm.

We hope this "bike drive" is the beginning a new relationship with organizations like Bike Works, that could plant the seeds for similar programs here in B-Town. See our previous post for more info.

Monday, June 7, 2010

12 days until the Fair - We need your help to get the word out!

Dear Bike Fair Friends,
We are less than two weeks away from the B-Town Bike Fair and we need your help spreading the word about this event.

The success of this event -- which will be held in conjunction with the Burien Wild Strawberry Festival on June 19th -- will depend on people coming WITH THEIR BIKE!!! (on their bike would be even better).

We will be continuing to post short blurbs about what's on tap at the Fair over the next two weeks, but we need your help through old fashion word of mouth.

  1. Let your friends know that the B-Town Bike Fair is happening.
  2. Send them the link to our blog (www.btownbikefair.org), which has a detailed schedule of activities, and other related information about what we're doing.
  3. Let them know they can "friend" us through Facebook.
  4. Tell them to bring their bike (not just kids, many activities, including the scavenger hunt targets adults and families).
  5. Let them know we will be holding a "bike drive" where they can donate old forgotten bikes to a non-profit that works with youth to restore them.
...And 6) send us note through Facebook or at btwnbikefair@gmail.com if you have questions or ideas.

And thanks!
-Brooks, Anne, Jimmy

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Highline High School art students look for inspiration in bicycles

From fixed gears to beach cruisers, bikes are definitely all the rage right now world wide. And not surprisingly, there is no lack of contemporary art with references to the bicycle. Bikes and art just go together.

Marya, our own "Bike Fair Art Guru", teamed up with the Highline High School arts program to see what kind of inspiration local students could draw from bikes, and the role of bikes in our community. We captured a sample here of the wide ranging 2-D images generated from these creative young artists.

In partnership with the City's Parks & Recreation Department, a series of black and photographs from Highline's Photography class will be on display at the new Burien Community Center starting this Thursday June 10th running up to the Bike Fair.

All 2-D and some 3-D pieces will be on display at the Bike Fair on June 19th. We are really excited to have the perspective that these students bring on display at our Fair.