Dear WalkBike Frankfort friends and fans-
Happy Summer from all of us at WalkBike Frankfort and the Folkbike ReCyclery! There are so many exciting things going on it's hard to know where to start.
In a happy twist of fate, the State Journal reported last week that the Frankfort City Commission approved the purchase of land needed for the KSU-downtown trail on the very day that former WB board member Mike Bomford celebrated his birthday. As many of you know, Mike was one of our founding members and a longtime champion of the KSU trail plan. Happy Birthday Mike!
Bubbles have been in the air all summer long! The Folkbike ReCyclery set up its bicycle-powered generator at Frankfort's Fourth of July celebration, at the Green Stock Festival at Bridgeport Christian Church and again at the Kentucky Heartwood Festival. Kids young and old took turns seeing how long they could keep a bubble machine going! After borrowing a machine from Walt Baldwin (thanks Walt!) and then renting one, we decided to buy one of our own. As Stuart says, "Everybody loves bubbles!"
Everybody loves milkshakes too and that's what the magic bike is gonna churn out atthis Friday's concert at the Old Capitol. WalkBike Frankfort and the ReCyclery are Friday's featured non-profit and we're going to hand out complimentary milkshakes as we share the WalkBike love with our community! A special shout-out in advance to the Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe for supplying the ice cream! Extra hands are always welcome so please drop by our booth and stay awhile :)
Who's been out Louisville Rd. lately? Board member Nathan Rome reported last week that he saw concrete evidence of the new bike lanes being installed, beyond the intersection of US 127. And the sidewalks are looking pretty good, too! When the trail network at Juniper Hills is built next year, it will link Louisville Rd. with Berry Hill and Brown's Ferry. How cool is that?
We're happy to report that one of two Dero bicycle fix-it stations destroyed by vandals has been repaired and is back in place along the River View Trail. Check it out and while you're there, take a few minutes to admire the children's mural project by the Ward Oates Amphitheater. It's amazing!
Every year, WalkBike Frankfort and the Folkbike ReCyclery participate in National Night Out. During the last two events, we gave away over 100 helmets and assisted with children's safety exercises. This year, National Night Out will take place on October 13 at the Farmers' Market Pavilion at Broadway and Wilkinson. We are in need of volunteers to help with staff our booth. Please help us preach the safe cycling gospel and reply to this e-mail if you're available to volunteer.
Finally, remember that if you're enrolled as a WalkBike contributor in the Kroger Community Rewards program, you'll need to re-enroll this month. And if you're not, please consider doing so. WalkBike Frankfort receives a quarterly check from Kroger based on the number of Kroger Rewards card participants and their purchases. It's a great, painless way to support the work we do! Enroll/Re-enroll at www.Kroger.com/communityrewards
Happy Trails from Your WalkBike Frankfort Board-
Donna Hecker, Brent Sweger, Don Stosberg, Nathan Rome, Stuart Harrod and Sellus Wilder