Summer time has kicked on here in New Orleans. To celebrate the end of the school year, RUBARB teamed up with our neighborhood school, Akili Academy, the New Orleans Public Library, and New Orleans bike advocacy group, Bike Easy, to host a Family Bike Clinic on June 5 at Akili. Several familiar RUBARB youth faces were seen in helmets, doing bike safety drills, and helping at the mechanics station. RUBARB distributed about 10 helmets to participants at the bike clinic. Congratulations and thanks to all who participated!
Summer time also means that RUBARB has temporary volunteers passing by and helping out at the shop. For the past four plus years, Tom Bilderback of the Vieux Carre Baptist Church has sent over a hundred volunteers to RUBARB. Thanks again to him and his steady stream of volunteers willing to share time with us at the shop.
Also, RUBARB took a boat trip in June thanks to volunteer, Logan, and his sea-faring vessel. Lashine, Liz, Chris, and many others took a bike ride to the dock for an afternoon on Lake Pontchartrain. That was a good way to prepare to go to the beach in July!
May was a busy month at RUBARB! We took a group to Jazz Fest, hosted bike repair nights for the Public Library's summer reading program and had lots of volunteers come by the shop to help out. RUBARB is also happy to start a partnership with Biking For A Better Life, a riding group from the Gentilly area, and continue our partnership with Girls Rock Summer Camp! Thanks to all who participated and joined us in May!
The weather warmed up and was somewhat rainy throughout the month but definitely got folks looking to fix their bikes for some springtime fun. Schools were pretty much all wrapped up by the end of May so lots of youth have been working on bikes and using the shop. Summer time at RUBARB can be busy so if you're looking to take on a bigger project, please try to arrive at the shop when we open to make certain you will have enough time to work on your bike project.
NOTE: RUBARB has a new shop policy - no more than 5 bike projects on the shop floor at any given time. We have 5 bike stands and enough space on the shop floor for about 5 projects at any given time. We also have flat fixing area that is not on the shop floor so minor adjustments and repairs can be completed in that area.
RUBARB went to Jazz Fest 2015 for our annual visit to the festival. The crew of about 20 played in a Washboard Band, made crafts, and made friends with local wildlife! This year RUBARB was joined by some youth that Woody invited from the Youth Empowerment Project.
The day started off with a picnic at Stallings Park. Then the crew went over to the New Orleans Jazz Fest and explored the fun kid friendly activity tents throughout the festival grounds. Good times all around!