Another Successful Solano Stroll!

AS&R's volunteers parked about 250 bikes at two lots at the Solano Stroll!

AS&R’s volunteers parked about 250 bikes at two lots at the Solano Stroll!

Albany Strollers & Rollers had another successful day at the 40th annual Solano Avenue Stroll on September 14th.
For the first time, we managed the Bicycle Valet Parking service not only at the Pumpkin Patch lot, but on Solano Ave’s eastern end at the Wells Fargo lot. Because of the expected volume, in addition to our own 16 “Moved By Bikes” Valet Racks, we rented some racks from neighboring organization Rich City Rides. That’s a good thing, BikesAndFlowersbecause our volunteers parked more than 250 bicycles over the course of the day! Can you imagine if even half those people had come by car? We’re providing such a valuable service to our communities!

Thank you to all our Bicycle Valet Parking volunteers, led by Sylvia Paull, Ken McCroskey and Mac McCurdy – Alan Hsiao, Anne Malamud,  Barb & Mark Altenberg, Eli Cochran, Eric Appelquist, Floy Andrews, Ian, Iris Miranda, Jane Lenoir, Joseph Friedman, Judith, Marcia Crump,  Momoe,  Shawn Blakely and Sheri. Some of you have helped us at previous events and some of you were first-time volunteers for us. Your organized and energetic work was appreciated by everyone!

Lynn Eve Komaromi takes a well-earned Pad Thai break - thanks, Bua Luang!

Lynn Eve Komaromi takes a well-earned Pad Thai break – thanks, Bua Luang!

Our "Check for Bikes" bumper stickers and clings were a real hit and help bring awareness of bicyclists on the road to drivers

Our “Check for Bikes” bumper stickers and clings were a real hit and help bring awareness of bicyclists on the road to drivers

Lynn Eve Komaromi, Preston Jordan, Nick Pilch and I (Amy) had a great time engaging people and doing outreach on behalf of AS&R and cycling in general. We spoke to so many festival-goers of all ages, answered questions about all aspects of bicycles and bicycling, signed up some new members, sold a bunch of “Check for Bikes” clings and bumper stickers…all while enjoying the music on a sunny day.

A big shout-out to local business Bua Luang Thai Cuisine for again sponsoring our BVP service and providing delicious lunches & drinks for all the volunteers, as well as personalized coupons for each of the volunteers to use over the next few months. Pat’s support is so important and we really appreciate the effort she puts into helping us out.
A final thank you goes out to the Solano Avenue Association, which makes Bicycle Valet Parking a priority for this huge regional event and puts us in a position to succeed every year. It’s an honor to be associated with one of the region’s longest-running and best street fairs!

What a great team effort – what all our volunteers do truly makes a difference and helps make our community more bike-friendly and safe!

Bikes, bikes and more bikes at the Solano Stroll!

Bikes, bikes and more bikes at the Solano Stroll!

We saw quite the variety of bicycles all day!

We saw quite the variety of bicycles all day!

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