Free Bike Rodeo for Kids, May 14, 2016

BattersonParkLoop_2014-05-25cBicycle Friendly Farmington is holding a free bicyle rodeo for kids ages 8 to 12 on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Winding Trails in Farmington. The rodeo is being held in conjunction with the Adorno Memorial Ride and Festival co-sponsored by BFF.

A bicycle rodeo is a fun way to learn the skills required to safely ride a bicycle. At this event, BFF’s team of certified cycling instructors will conduct equipment and helmet checks and teach proper techniques for riding, stopping, and steering.

Once skills have been taught, kids will test them out on series of short and fun courses in a protected area. Prizes and awards will provided. The Bike Rodeo is designed for kids 8 to 12 years of age.

All participants must have a helmet and a proper-sized bicycle. Check-in is between 12 noon and 1 pm, and the event ends at 3 pm. Register for free at www.AdornoRide.org; same-day registrations may be available as well but we ask that you pre-register.

We look forward to seeing many families at this fun and educational event!

Download the BFF 2016 Bike Rodeo flyer.

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BFF is ready to celebrate National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month, and BFF plans to celebrate by riding our bikes around Farmington.  We hope you’ll be riding around town, too!  Snap a picture, post it and it’s that easy – you’re celebrating with us!  Prizes and glory available!  You can read more about our program here:

May is National Bike Month!

 

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2015 Report from the BFF Chair

Bicycle Friendly Farmington Accomplished Much in 2015. Will You Join with Us in 2016?

Dear BFF members and supporters,

RonGoralskiWhen I moved to Farmington in 1997, I was already a frequent bicycle commuter and pedaling through town on my way to Simsbury or Bloomfield. Like most towns in the area, Farmington presented cyclists with an array of hazards and obstacles, and many motorists could not relate to a bicycle rider with the backpack and flashing lights. In recent years, bicycle advocacy has changed how others view cyclists, and how towns and cities structure their communities. Being “bicycle friendly” is now an asset to local businesses and employers. Linear parks (bike paths) now connect neighborhoods, towns, and states.

You have the unique opportunity to become a part of this movement, and a part of something that is taking place in your own community.I wanted to take a few moments to review all that Bicycle Friendly Farmington (BFF) has recently achieved in hopes that you will join our renew your membership in BFF.

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BFF Welcomes Laura Russotto and Jennifer Decker to its Board

At its last meeting, Bicycle Friendly Farmington, Inc., elected Jennifer Decker and Laura Mitchell Russotto to its Board of Directors. Participants in our Monday Night Social Rides this past summer will likely recall both Jennifer and Laura who were regulars and/or leaders of those rides. Laura is a teacher and brings experience with bike to school programs to the board. Jennifer is a corporate accountant and was also elected Treasurer of the Board at its November meeting.

From left to right: Jennifer Decker, Laura Mitchell Russotto, and Tony Russotto.

From left to right: Jennifer Decker, Laura Mitchell Russotto, and Tony Russotto.

The board is delighted to welcome both Laura and Jennifer to our ranks!

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BFF Welcomes Brian Burch to its Board

Bicycle Friendly Farmington, Inc., is pleased to welcome Brian Burch to its Board of Directors. After relocating to Farmington, Brian discovered our considerable trails network, and returned to bicycling in order to explore the Farmington Valley. He has been a regular attendee at our Social Rides this summer, and we are pleased to welcome him to our Board.

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2015 BFF Family Fun Ride at Unionville Festival

The 2015 Unionville Festival is coming up, to be held on Sunday, September 27, 2015 from noon to 5:00 p.m., and Bicycle Friendly Farmington will be there!

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