2016 Arts & Green Festival Wrapup

Thanks to Berkeley Lions Club for sponsoring our Bicycle Valet Parking and to Eric for helping out!

AS&R had another successful Albany Arts and Green Festival on Sunday, May 1st!
To those people who signed up for our email list at the Festival, hello and welcome! We look forward to your input on issues and at events, and to seeing you around town.

Our BVP was hopping all day and keeping the volunteers busy! Photo courtesy Laura Emery

Our BVP was hopping all day and keeping the volunteers busy!
Photo courtesy Laura Emery

Bike Valet Parking
Thanks to first-time supporting organization, Berkeley Lions Club, for sponsoring our Bicycle Valet Parking & to President Dave Nicely for getting it done. We parked more than 50 bikes & scooters and talked to lots of people about what AS&R does and what they want to see in and around Albany to make it better for strolling and rolling. Mac McCurdy again ably directed the Bicycle Valet Parking from the early morning setup with Ken, as he’d been working on the organization for the past weeks … thanks to the help of Jean, Ellis, Dave E, Marc, Eric, Joseph (all day!,) Griffin, Brian, and Dale (who stayed to the bitter end to dismantle and put away all the racks.)  Everyone helped where needed and had fun in the process!

This is AS&R's 9th year at the Arts & Green Festival! Photo courtesy Amy Smolens

This is AS&R’s 9th year at the Arts & Green Festival!
Photo courtesy Amy Smolens

AS&R Table
Laura (who’d organized the volunteer effort and staffed the table the entire day!,) Nick, Britt, Samantha (both superstars with organization & setup,) Amy, Preston, Michael, Shauniece, Kelly & David A. staffed the AS&R table. Everyone engaged passers-by into meaningful discussions, found kids who liked to draw and encouraged them to enter our coloring contest, sold “Check for Bikes” clings & stickers, BikeLink cards and reflective leg bands (thanks Laurent from Rendez-Vous) – all while enjoying great music! New member signups bring us past the 630 mark!

We find budding artists every year in our coloring contest to win bike bells from Blue Heron!

Kids Coloring Contest
Our third annual kids’ coloring contest was a huge hit. More than 40 kids, aged 4 to 14, enjoyed drawing their visions of biking, walking, skateboarding and scootering in Albany. They took their time and seemed very focused on winning the cool bicycle bells (and one horn) donated by Blue Heron Bikes. There was so much creative art that we had a very hard time picking only 6 kids to give the bells to – we could have found even more winners! We really appreciate Rob Allen at Blue Heron’s support and donations at our events!
Our other consistent community supporting businesses are Pat Boonyalak Viboonlarp’s Bua Luang and Tay Tah, who sponsored our Bicycle Valet Parking and supplied delicious lunches for all of our volunteers!  The lunches that Francesco delivered certainly helped fuel us through the rest of the event. All the volunteers also got personalized coupons for either Bua Luang or Tay Tah, a great extra thank you for your time! We truly appreciate their continued support of AS&R’s efforts to make cycling more convenient & safe here in Albany and nearby.

Danny & Sergio from Street Level Cycles tuned up everyone's bikes in time for Bike to Work Day - thanks for your hard work, guys!

Danny & Sergio from Street Level Cycles tuned up everyone’s bikes in time for Bike to Work Day – thanks for your hard work, guys!

Free Bike Tune-Ups
Danny and Sergio from Street Level Cycles did their usual great job giving FREE tuneups to anyone who rolled up with a bike! The good news is that every year there are fewer and fewer tuneups needed, which means that people are riding more and keeping their bikes in working order! Thanks for your hard work and for getting more bikes functioning well and safely!!

Thanks again to all of you who volunteered, parked your bikes, stopped by, chatted, bought “Check for Bikes” clings or stickers, or picked up some great reflective leg bands!

Let’s do it again next year!

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