Apr 25

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Thurs. April 25, 2013

Located at 1935 W. Broad St. in Bethlehem!

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


3-year old Cyrus gets his first bike helmet

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 last Thursday.

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

CAT members using BBC Tools with mechanic assistance:

Steve Schmitt cleaned and lubed his chain, plus pumped his tires.

Bike Education:

Basic Bicycle Education

Scott Slingerland and Lee Poole-Smith went to Action Wheels last week and helped owner Larry D’amelio fit helmets, check bikes, conduct basic skills and emergency stop practice with a cub scout troop.  We provided reflective tape for the scouts to decorate their helmets.

Christin Yost, Ted Crocus, Jen Moyer and David Sterner were the parents of the 5 scouts fitted for helmets at Action Wheels today!

 Support your local full service bike shop.  Stay the “fork” away from department store bikes.

Traffic Skills 101

Last week, Daniel and Gary Lader arranging a library bike for Daniel who is now 10 years old.

Daniel Lader came in to start the bicycle library program.  He had his helmet fitted, learned how to size his bike and how to conduct an ABC quick check of his bike.  Then he went for a maiden voyage with Scott Slingerland covering basic skills and some initial lane position in traffic work.

Basic Bicycle Mechanics

Denise Veres finished her 4-hour basic preventative maintenance class Tuesday, April 23.  She took the course with League certified cycling instructor, Scott Slingerland.

Advanced Bicycle Mechanics

Cycle Safety Assessment

Bicycle Heaven Ride

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

This is the second year of the bicycle behavior survey.  Here are 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:


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

New & Renewing Members:

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John Johnston of Bethlehem donated His and her Treks.

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.


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

Steve Schmitt

Frank Pavlick

Volunteer Coordinators:

Steve Schmitt

Katie Connors

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.



Temperature(°F): 56

Expected Liquid Precipitation: 0.00″

Average Wind(mph): 6 mph from the East

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

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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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