Jul 13

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Sat. July 13, 2013


Graham Stanford readies his beast for a cycle tour of Estonia, Turkey and beyond…

The Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative (BBC) is an educational bike shop open for members and guests Thursdays from 5PM to 9PM and Saturdays from 8AM to 4PM. The BBC is here to help you enjoy the trip more than ever.

Daily guest passes are ONLY $5 for an individual and $10 for a family!

Important news for cyclists: Allentown 200+ Installs Shared Lane Markings

Today’s Bicycle Quotation:

“If you could make a transportation choice that strengthened your heart, lungs and legs, would you choose it?

If that choice increased your metabolism and gave you more restful sleep, would you choose it?

And if that vehicle didn’t put pollutants or chemicals into the air that everyone would have ended up with inside their lungs, would you choose it?

If, when driving your vehicle, you drove at a speed where you could avoid running over animals in the road, would you choose it?

If that choice gave you peace of mind, would you choose it?”

* If you have a favorite quotation or an interesting story about cycling please share as a comment below and maybe next week we will feature it in our post :)

Members use BBC Tools with mechanic assistance:

Graham Stanford prepared his bike for a tour of Estonia, with the assistance of Frank Pavlick and Lee Poole-Smith

Chris Vitalos worked on some of his bicycle wheels.


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

Bike Education:

Basic Bicycle Education

Lynda Moore came in with her Grandson Driftin Monetti to check out his bike and take basic bicycle education. Scott Slingerland went over Driftin’s bike with him.

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

Traffic Skills 101

Basic Bicycle Mechanics

Advanced Bicycle Mechanics

Cycle Safety Assessment

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

The B.O.B. trailer is a great way to haul whatever you need, especially on a trail or other narrow route.
The recumbent bike is available right now. An excellent option for a CAT member to try upon returning to cycling after work on their back.

Audrey Hepburn, cycle and dog chic, 1957

Bicycle Heaven Ride:

The 10AM ride is to the Arts District Farmers’ Market in South Bethlehem.

Today’s 2PM ride is for some watermelon, somewhere.

New & renewing members this month:

Jeff Vitelli visited to renew his CAT membership

It’s a young month. Go to CAR-FREE.ORG to join or renew.

This week’s donations:

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).

Jeff Vitelli donated a nice yellow Schwinn LeTour road bike.

Recent Visitors:


Andeana made this film: CAT-Coalition for Appropriate Transportation

Khiem Vo started his community service to graduate from Freedom High School. He is pretty good with the computer and is already working on this report. He is helping with the map of the Shared Lane Markings in Allentown. He is learning to ride a bicycle in traffic, too.

Khiem and Steve are ready for a ride outside the BBC

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

  • Gary Warren

  • Scott Slingerland
  • Frank Pavlick

Volunteer Coordinators:

  • Scott

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. If you think you might enjoy this job email Christin@car-free.org today.

jobs for volunteers


Lee Poole Smith, F.W.Y., usual jack of all trades. Helped with Graham’s bike.

Volunteers Needed:

Lynda Moore has donated a fabulous work sink we can install in the BBC.  Roy Young visited to scope out the installation.



High Temperature: 80 degrees F

Expected Precipitation: 40%

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.

New or renewing members qualify for CAR-FREE clothing with reflective Shared Lane Marking.


$50.00 – One Year Family/Household CAT Membership

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 Genesis Bicycles, Barrett Ladd and Google.

Opening Responsibilities:

  • Gary

Closing Responsibilities:

  • Scott


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