Friday, December 31, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

2010 has been an incredible year for Penn’s Cycling School. Little did I know how many people I would have the honor of instructing and meeting this year. What started out as one small clinic grew to an amazing 22 clinics and about 214 people that I had the privilege of teaching!

Most importantly I would like to thank Bevin Maynard of St. Joseph’s Children’s hospital - Safe kid’s coalition and fellow LCI/ Coach and Cyclist Tina Russo. Together we have trained 92 elementary and middle school teachers. This is our front line defense as they will directly teach our children correct and important bicycle safety skills which leads to better awareness as they become drivers. Bravo to all the teachers who came to the workshops this year! You have a direct impact on our children!

The other important clinics included: 6 Mini commuter courses and Traffic Skills 101 at USF, Skill instructor training and Traffic Skills 101 at University Bicycle Center, Traffic Skills for the professionals, Group riding clinics for the ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) Society of Florida, The going green Expo at USF and last but not least a huge Thank you to Alan Snel of the Bicycle Bash by the Bay at Flatwoods – my kids had a blast!

Most of all I hope that I have made a positive impact on everyone that I was able to teach, now and in the future. If I can save one life by passing on this valuable information then it’s all worthwhile! I have learned a lot and I am looking forward to a productive and busy 2011 with many more clinics and fun!

Unfortunately 2010 was filled with the tragic deaths of 11 cyclists on the Tampa bay area streets and one death of a well known racer in Milwaukee (my home town). My reflection on these deaths is not about who is at fault. Each death had its own circumstances and reasons.

On a personal note Traffic fatalities hits close to home. A few years ago my brother-in-law, Larry and more recently this summer my dear Nephew in Wisconsin. We will miss and love Lil’ Lyle and Larry forever! These are not cycling related however no less painful!

For some reason in each of these accidents there seems to be an unfortunate timing, an almost perfect timing of each accident is in play. Each day when we venture out in our cars and on our bicycles we don’t know how many times we brush away near misses or tragedy. Every day when we drive or ride there is risk, so we never know what might happen. We know that defensive driving and bicycling can help prevent crashes! Each day I give thanks and praise to God for keeping me safe and having another day to appreciate my life, family and friends. Life is precious and I ask the good lord to watch over all of us and keep us safe in 2011!

I will continue my effort to teach as many people I can in the coming year! I will teach the 5 layers of safety: 1) develop good bike handling skills 2)obey traffic laws 3) learn about lane positioning 4) learn and practice evasive maneuvers and 5) always where your helmet – it can reduce the impact of a severe head injury by 85%! And don’t forget Jim Forester: “cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as vehicles”!

Have a Blessed New Year Everyone and ride safe!

Sharon Monahan, Cycling Instructor

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Traffic Skills 101 on line registration OPEN!


http://www.BikeReg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=12091


Penn’s Cycling School Presents: Traffic Skills 101:

Who: Anyone who wants to improve bicycle handling skills, ride safe in traffic and learn evasive maneuvers. This is a pre-requisite course for League Certified Instructors.

When: February 18th and 19th, 2011

Time: Friday: 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Saturday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: Tampa Bay Trail Ranger Station: 9201 W Waters Ave Tampa, Fl - 33635

What: This is a 9 hour course designed by League of American Bicyclists to teach you how to ride safely in traffic, develop bicycle handling skills, hot to use multi-use trails, and to fix common mechanical problems. The class will also include a 7- 10 mile road skills test in which will ride to a spot to eat lunch (to be purchased individually). For a certificate of completion you must also obtain 80% on a written test.

Cost: $125.00 (includes materials, refreshments and Sat AM breakfast) Pre registration required – space is limited

Register Online: http://www.BikeReg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=12091

QUESTONS: Contact Sharon by phone 813-482-4364

Website: http://pennscyclingschool.blogspot.com/

Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Penns-Cycling-School/116351974208?ref=mf

Important Information

· All riders must sign a release

· All riders must have an approved Helmet and 2 wheeled bicycle in good working order – see your local bicycle shop for tune-up details.

ITS Now official!!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

USF Commuter Course Nov 17, 2010

We all had a great time learning about safe cycling and the principals of riding in traffic. Thanks to : Tampa Baycycle for sponsoring this event!



Monday, November 8, 2010

Penn’s Cycling School and Tampa BayCycle Present:

Safe Cycling Commuter Skills Course

Who: Anyone who wants to know how to ride safely in traffic in order to use their bicycle for commuting

When: Wednesday November 17th, 2010

Wednesday December 1st 2010

Time: 11:30AM – 1:00PM

Where: USF – Marshall Center, Room: 3704

What: Students, faculty and staff will become familiar with riding their bicycles in traffic and how to drive their bicycles as a vehicle. Attendees will put their knowledge to use by participating in a short campus ride at the end of the class (optional). Learn how to check your bike for common mechanical problems and become a competent commuter.

Cost: FREE (includes Materials and PIZZA and SODA) Pre registration required – space is limited

To Register Contact: Jessica Brenner (813) 974-9215 or jlbrenne@mail.usf.edu

Questons Contact: Sharon Monahan (813)-482-4364, kidsrp.coach@juno.com

Website: pennscyclingschool.blogspot.com

Important Information

  • All riders must sign a release
  • All riders must have an approved Helmet and 2 wheeled bicycle in good working order – see your local bicycle shop for tune-up details.

Friday, October 1, 2010

PRESS RELEASE!!!


Just wanted inform everyone of our efforts to increase Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety awareness throughout the Greater Tampa Bay Community:

Recently we have educated over 60 Hillsborough County Elementary Physical Education Teachers and other community members on teaching bicycle safety. Penn's Cycling School has partnered with Tina Russo and Safe Routes to School through St. Joesph's Children's Hospital. We use the exclusive Smart Cycling Curriculum designed by the League of American Bicyclists and only implemented by League Certified Instructors.
We hope that our efforts in the community will educate young people on pedestrian safety as well as how to ride their bikes cautiously and conspicuously. We want to help them develop an awareness on sharing the road with cyclists and watching out for pedestrians before they even get behind the wheel of a car.
For more information on our program you may contact Sharon at kidsrp.coach@juno.com or 813-482-4364.

Boyscout Training

Penn's Cycling School will be training Boyscouts and their leaders Saturday October 2nd 2o1o!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Group Riding Skills Clinic This weekend for ALS

Penn’s Cycling School Presents: Group riding Skills Clinic:

Who: Anyone who wants to learn and practice the principles of group riding.

When: Saturday September 25th

Time: 8:30 - 11:30 AM

Where: Active Mobility Innovations (AMI) 8110 Ulmerton Road Largo, Florida 33771

What: Cycling in a group places added responsibilities on each cyclist. Learn and practice important bicycle handling skills: dodging, proximity, dodging with proximity, communication skills and emergency stopping. Curriculum developed by League of American Bicyclists

Cost: $35.00 (includes materials) Pre registration required – space is limited

ALS riders get a special rate - contact: ride@alsafl.org or 888-257-1717 x131.

Or Contact: Sharon Monahan: (813) 482-4364

ALS WEBSITE FOR REGISTRATION: http://webfl.alsa.org/site/TR?fr_id=6850&pg=entry

Penn’s Cycling School Website: http://pennscyclingschool.blogspot.com/

Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Penns-Cycling-School/116351974208?ref=mf

Important Information

· All riders must sign a release

· All riders must have an approved Helmet and 2 wheeled bicycle in good working order – see your local bicycle shop for tune-up details. (limited helmets may be available) you will not be able to ride if your bicycle is not in order

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Women's Cycyling Series

Its not too late to register there are still 4 sessions left!!!

Penn’s Cycling School Presents: Women’s Cycling Series:

Who: Women looking to improve their cycling skills and enjoyment.

When: 5 weeks Monday’s September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, (Oct 18- rain date)

Time: 6:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Where: Flatwoods Park BBD entrance parking lot

What: A unique small group training ride for women. Experience specialized instruction in: group riding/paceline/drafting, training techniques, bicycle handling skill and safety maneuvers, all in a safe, non competitive environment. Taught by Sharon Monahan, a League of American Bicyclists (LCI) and USA Cycling-Coach

Cost: $100.00 (includes materials) Pre registration required (5 rider minimum to hold clinic) (space is limited) registration is still open and ongoing. (If you miss 1 class you can be added to the next series at no additional fees)

Contact Sharon by phone

Contact: Sharon Monahan: (813) 482-4364 or email kidsrp.coach@juno.com

Website: http://pennscyclingschool.blogspot.com/

Face book: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Penns-Cycling-School/116351974208?ref=mf

Register online: http://www.BikeReg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=11504

Important Information

· All riders must sign a release

· All riders must have an approved Helmet and 2 wheeled bicycle in good working order – see your local bicycle shop for tune-up details. (limited helmets may be available)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Penn’s Cycling School Presents: Women’s Cycling Series:

Who: Women looking to improve their cycling skills and enjoyment.

When: 5 weeks Monday’s September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, (Oct 18- rain date)

Time: 6:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Where: Flatwoods Park BBD entrance parking lot

What: Experience specialized instruction in a small group to Improve and develop bicycle handling skill, safety maneuvers, group riding skills riding and training techniques. Learn to ride safely in a group and on multi-use trails. Taught by Sharon Monahan a League of American Bicyclists (LCI) and USA Cycling-Coach

Cost: $100.00 (includes materials) Pre registration required (5 rider minimum to hold clinic) (space is limited)


Contact: Sharon Monahan: (813) 482-4364

Website: http://pennscyclingschool.blogspot.com/

Face book: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Penns-Cycling-School/116351974208?ref=mf

Register online: http://www.BikeReg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=11504

Important Information

· All riders must sign a release

· All riders must have an approved Helmet and 2 wheeled bicycle in good working order – see your local bicycle shop for tune-up details. (limited helmets may be available)