We hope that the weather and road conditions around you are conducive for you do all the bicycling that you desire. Meanwhile we are helping individuals and organizations to promote sustainable transport and understanding, worldwide. Here is a brief program update:
WINNERS OF THE 2007 STUDENT BICYCLE ESSAY CONTEST
The winning essays from the 2007 International Bicycle Fund Student Essay contest are posted on our website. The winners are: "Bike Riding Is Not Just For Fun", by Tiffany Liu, age 7, Jen Ranch Elementary, Castro Valley, CA; "Benefits of Biking", by Kathleen Davin, age 13, Elwood Middle School, Elwood, NY; and, "Biking: My Life, My Love", by Doreen Xu, age 15, Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN. Each writer receives a cash prize and certificate. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the students who submitted essays. The essays are posted at www.ibike.org/essays/2006.htm. The next deadline is May 1, 2008. We encourage you to motivate the students you know to think and write about bicycling, and to enter the contest.
TEACHING KIDS (AND ADULTS) TO RIDE A BICYCLE
It must be the time of year when people are out teaching and learning how to ride bicycles. Recently we have gotten more than the usual number of praise messages on our article on how to teach kids (and adults) how to ride bicycle, and requests to help people learn to bicycle. It all serves as a nice reminder that before people will go out and do lots of bicycling they need to learn how to bicycle. The better they learn, the higher their level of confidence, and the higher their level of confidence the more likely they are to bicycle. If you, or someone you know is teaching or learn how to bicycle, we would like to direct your attention to http://www.ibike.org/education/teaching-kids.htm. If you have help someone to learn to bicycle recently know is a great time to take it on.
UPCOMING IBIKE PROGRAMS: COUNTRY YOU SHOULD SEE:
One of the goals of our travel program is to help people get out of the travel ruts - heading to the tourism destination enclaves. We do this by offering programs to really interesting places that are not mainstream destinations, and by giving people an opportunity to see a mainstream destination through a different and more interesting lens. We hope you will take on one of the following programs:
Cameroon: Consistent with our goal, in November 4-18, we are again offering a program to Cameroon. It has been a while since we have put this program on the schedule, but not because it doesn't deserve to be. It is often called "Africa in Minature." Just one measure of how diverse this country is: In the coarse of two weeks will be passing through the areas of the Duala, Bankon, Mbo, Bakaka, Bassa, Bamunka, Mendankwe-Nkwen, Kom, Lamnso', Oku, and Bafut ethnic groups, to name a few. It is unlikely that these names means much to you now, but in the course of the tour you will get a context for this and much more. It is an extraordinarily beautiful route as well. For more information see www.ibike.org/bikeafrica/cameroon.htm
Other up-coming programs include:
- Korea: September 9-23, for more details see www.ibike.org/ibike/korea. Half of Korea in pretty industrial, and the other half in picturesque rural, riverine, forested, coastal and mountainous, and continuously culturally rich - it is the latter half that we explore! We can't understand why touring cyclists are swarming all over the back roads of South Korea. Come be the first on your block to discover the elation of bicycle touring in Korea.
- Vietnam: January 20-February 2, 2008, for more details see www.ibike.org/ibike/vietnam. The recipe is: one part capitalism, one part communism and a dash of assorted religions, then stir - a very intriguing society, with beautiful bicycling.
- Uganda: January 13-26, 2008, for more details see www.ibike.org/bikeafrica/uganda.htm. Yes, it is safe, friendly and very welcoming. The program includes really great opportunities to learn about the culture, and see wildlife -- with a back drop gorgeous scenery.
- Tanzania: January 26 -February 11, 2008; for more details see www.ibike.org/bikeafrica/tanzania.htm. Start with a toe in the India Ocean and finishing with ten toes on the top of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa.
- Seattle: Year around, if you visiting Seattle please consider on of our custom Seattle Heritage Bicycle Tours. For more details see www.ibike.org/ibike/seattle.
Our cultural travel programs are our main source of revenue. We hope you will support IBF by joining one of these programs: These may not be mainstream destinations, but that is part of their value. The full schedule is posted at www.ibike.org/ibike/schedule.htm.
ATENAS DE CUBA PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE PROGRAM UPDATE
Unfortunately, our participation with Atenas de Cuba is still suspended because of U.S. restrictions on freedom of association and freedom of travel. There are some rays of hope in the new Congress, but even there many representatives are trying to play to all sides by casting conflicting votes, so progress has been limited. If you would like to know more about opportunities to effect change see www.lawg.org/countries/cuba/takeACTION.htm
DONATE TO IBF ONLINE
To continue our work we depend on donation from people like you who support promoting sustainable transportation. You can now donate online through a secure link. Go to http://www.guidestar.org/partners/networkforgood/donate.jsp?ein=91-1286223
More from International Bicycle Fund:
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2007 Cycle & Recycle Calendar Celebrates Cycling
International Bicycle Fund / Ibike Update for November, 2007
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IBF Announces Essay Contest Winners