A Message from Colorado Women’s Cycling Project:
First, thank you kindly for volunteering your time to give back to such a great organization and being a part of National Ride for Reading Week! We assure you, this will be the most fun you will have on two wheels! We’ll have over 3000 books and 100+ cyclists in our 4th annual Ride for Reading delivery. We’re thankful you’ve chosen to volunteer your time to help us spread the Ride for Reading mission to our city.
Here’s some additional information that will help the delivery go smoothly:
- Our school has changed! Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will now be delivering to Fulton Academy, a preschool-5th grade charter school 7.3 miles from Turin. Nothing else is changing except school location. This will take our size group about 1 hour to get to the school at a slow conversational pace.
- Here’s a link to our route. We’ll also have printed cue sheets with a map and turn by turn directions in case you want one or have to leave early and don’t know how to get back.
- All kinds of bicycles are welcome! From cruisers to road bikes to frankenbikes. The Denver Public Library will be their with their mobile book library bicycle, too!
- Please arrive at Turin before 8 am. I’d encourage between 7-7:30 am to load up with books, chat it up with other volunteers and get specific directions prior to departure. We are rolling at 8 am sharp if not slightly before. Free breakfast and coffee in it for you if you come early!
- If you have to drive to our departure location at Turin Bicycles located at 700 Lincoln Street, there is free unlimited street parking on 7th, 9th, 10th. Most other spots are limited by time.
- Please obey traffic laws and on busier streets, ride no more than two abreast. We’ll have women in Naked Women’s Racing kits helping direct traffic and blocking some intersections as well as a lead and follow car to ensure rider safety and groupo compacto. 7th Street will be slow going with the traffic lights, but if our group doesn’t make it all the way through a light, our ride leaders will wait until the group is together.
- Remember, please bring a bike trailer or backpack to load down with books. Also, please be prompt. It takes a few minutes to load the books and (wo)man the troops!
- Wear a helmet! We are trying to set a good example for the children and if they don’t protect their brain when they ride, they won’t be reading any books.
- We’ll arrive at the school hopefully around 9 and be greeted outside by all the kids. Definitely interact, give high fives and show off your bicycle! I’ll give a very quick speech to the kids and we all take the Ride for Reading pledge.
- We will bring bikes inside the school to park in the gym so you don’t have to worry about locking it up.
- We distribute books in the cafeteria. The first lunch for the children starts at 10:50 so we hope to have each class come through to pick up 3 books per student to keep before first lunch starts. Help the kids pick out books! Teachers also get to keep 5 books for their classroom if they ask you.
- You can take pictures/video with the children and we encourage this; however, please don’t photo any child wearing a bright pink “no picture” label. This is very important.
- If you have to leave due to work or any other obligations, that is perfectly fine to leave early. We anticipate being out by 11:30 at the latest. All leftover books will be loaded into the cars (or back in your bags) and if you can stay, ride them over to Crawford Elementary, 1.4 miles away to give the rest of the books to that school. That will take an additional 30-45 minutes and there is no interaction with kids at that school.
- We’ll have women on our team lead rides back to Turin following the delivery to the 1st school and also over to Crawford so you can arrive to your car/desitnation safely whichever option you choose.
- Bring layers. It’s Colorado so it could rain, snow, sleet, hail or have unicorns fall from the sky. We want you to be comfortable during the delivery. Also, bring water and a snack just in case. It’s a 15 mile bike ride so you’ll probably be hungry and thirsty on your way home.
- Want to learn more about Ride for Reading? Watch this video about the experience.
- There’s a chance we’ll be featured on Channel 7 news. Just a heads up!
- If you think a friend would enjoy this ride, then please send them the registration link!