Montpelier High School (room directions will be posted at the front entrance)
Montpelier Bikes would like to have 20-30 Bicycle Ambassador volunteers in Montpelier next summer. Individuals who are not Montpelier residents, but are regularly in Montpelier for work or other reasons are welcome, too.
Here are some ideas so far about what Bicycle Ambassadors might do in Montpelier:
- Assist with bicycle safety education (bike rodeos, or a neighborhood block parties or garage sales).
- Sign up with Onion River Exchange to provide "Bike Buddy" services to help someone rediscover bicycling, or to help a commuter get started - including selecting a route, helping with gear, pedaling a potential route together, or simply providing advice.
- Provide safe bicycling tips to other bicyclists - using outreach materials developed by Montpelier Bikes.
- Serve as a visible Ambassador to motorists - riding responsibly in town and wearing a Bicycle Ambassadors shirt (brightly colored for safety). Be prepared to discuss safe bicycling and bicycling laws with motorists respectfully and politely.
- Distribute flyers to bulletin boards around town with a "bicycle safety tip of the month" from April to October.
- Help staff a potential bicycle parking corral at public events - possibly the Farmer's Market, Independence Day fireworks, etc.
- Lead neighborhood "bicycle trains" for elementary or middle school kids going to school.
Questions for meeting attendees to think about:
- What would you need to learn in order to feel confident in doing some or all of the above tasks?
- What materials or training would you need?
- What should the Bicycle Ambassadors policies be about helmet use and sidewalk riding?
- Are there other ways that you would see Bicycle Ambassadors promoting bicycling?
- How many hours of community service should we ask Bicycle Ambassadors to commit to?