This event was hosted by Alpaugh Elementary to celebrate the end of the school year; kids got to enjoy water slide, and multiple fun booths! TCAG partnered with Alpaugh Elementary to provide important bike safety lessons. 60 helmets were distributed and properly fitted to students. Hundreds of reusable bike lights were given to children who answered bike safety questions correctly. Overall it was a very successful event that reached hundreds of kids in the community of Alpaugh.
Safety is #1 because you only get one body. At Porterville’s PD’s event at the Walmart parking lot in Porterville, CA, in partnership with Step-Up which helps mentor kids and teens, TCAG helped put on a great bike rodeo. It included an obstacle course, a safety demonstration, brake demonstration, and a watermelon smashing with and without a helmet, with great interaction between law enforcement and the public. The prime message we got out for the day was wear your helmet, wear it properly, get your brakes fixed and installed, ride with traffic and not against, and follow the law. TCAG would like to remind everyone that biking is free exercise, great for your heart, and for the environment! Thanks to all the other booths who showed up and helped sponsor the event, including Step-Up, Walmart, the Girl Scouts, Casa, the Tulare County Sheriff, and Family Care Network.
This year we had the highest amount of submissions ever, at 350. 6 winners were selected, scored by our Active Transportation Advisory Committee and TCAG employees. The drawings delivered messages of responsible transportation choices, including walking, skateboarding, biking, and much more. The goal of the contest is to create an air quality awareness to help make Tulare County air more breathable for a brighter future. The program was made possible from a Caltrans grant called “Bike and Stride,” which has allowed outreach to thousands of kids across the county, delivering a message that biking is cool, and reminding kids that safety is number one. Bikes were made possible via donations from Eisen-Letunic, Quad-Knopf, Nelson-Nygaard, Southwest Strategies, Southern Sierra Cyclists, with local discounts provided by Visalia Cyclery and Cyclery Express.
Congratulations to our winners! Brisa Romero, Kortney Hamilton, Seneca Sowers, Kailani Minugh, Lucy Hiatt, and Alice Warner.
Runner ups have been selected to be featured at the ImagineU Museum in downtown Visalia, and possibly other venues. More information will be posted on our homepage if other venues become available.