Apr 04

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Thurs. April 4, 2013

Now located at 1935 W. Broad St. in West Bethlehem!

The Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative (BBC) is open for Members and Guests every Thursday from 5-9pm and Saturday from 8AM to 4PM.

Today Lee Poole-Smith finished crunching the numbers from the 20 locations where CAT counted bicycles and observed bicycling behaviors in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton during 2012.  You can see  comparisons of bicycling behaviors in the three cities online at:


Today we offer a FREE helmet for any child under 10 who comes in with a parent/guardian and bicycle.

The Bradford family came in for helmets and basic bike classes for their two girls.

The BBC offers education classes, Bicycle Heaven Rides and the Bicycle Library program.

CAT members using BBC Tools with mechanic assistance:

Luna Bradford makes her new helmet unique with reflective tape.

 Gary Warren continues with a major overhaul of his bike.

Bike Education:

Basic Bicycle Education

Luna (6)  and Fatima (10) were fitted for helmets by Scott Slingerland and Lee Poole-Smith.

Traffic Skills 101

Basic BicycleMechanics

Advanced Bicycle Mechanics

Cycle Safety Assessment

Bicycle Heaven Ride

Today’s ride at 6PM is to the Lehigh Canal Towpath

Bike Library Activity (See what’s available now!)

New & Renewing Members:

Chris Vitalos (CAT & Bronze BBC Member)

Mary Merritt (CAT & Bronze BBC Member)

David Rehrig (CAT Member)

Get your own CAR-FREE Clothing by joining CAT today!


Barrett Ladd donated a child’s Trek MT60 and a Kryptonite U lock.  This bike is a real shifting bike with hand brakes for a small child.  Hard to find.  It will make a great library bike.

The BBC accepts donations of bicycles, bike parts, tools and supplies on Thursdays from 5-9PM and Saturdays from 8AM to 4PM at 1935 W Broad St. in Bethlehem.  We provide a receipt for all contributions and we are a 501(c)3 educational charity under the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Right now we are also hoping someone will donate a work sink they don’t need anymore.


The Bradford family came in for helmets and basic bike education for their two girls.

Tom Walz came in to check out the new place.

League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructor(s) on duty:

Steve Schmitt
Scott Slingerland

Volunteer Coordinators:

Steve Schmitt

Volunteer coordinator is responsible for the report each time the BBC is open. S/he has everyone sign-in, tracks members, registers activities, records class participation, maintains paperwork and takes pictures.


Lee Poole-Smith helped fit helmets to the Bradford girls and finished the analysis of the 2012 bicycle counts.


Temperature(°F): 52

Expected Liquid Precipitation: 0.00″

Average Wind(mph): 12 from the Southwest

 Donate to the helmet campaign on CAR-FREE.ORG. It costs $10 to protect a child’s head.

Do you want walkable communities, more bicycling & better transit?

Join CAT Today

CAT Members receive the CAR-FREE eNews by email twice a month
Only Members may participate in most CAT Events, Rides or Classes

Use any credit card to join online right now.

Become a Bronze BBC and use our Park Tool Set from 8am to 4 PM any Saturday!

Become a Silver or Gold BBC member and enjoy our Bicycle Library

See information about Membership levels here

Would you like to volunteer to help on Thursday or Saturday at the Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative? Write the Volunteer Coordinator.

Today, the BBC is sponsored in part by Google, Genesis Bicycles and Barrett Ladd.

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