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Blanco Blue Bikes Available Around City
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 • Posted October 30, 2007

This past week many Blanco folks enjoyed watching the surprise and laughter generated from the Blanco Blue Bike Project. Tourist giggled as they played on the Blanco Blue Bikes and enjoyed the fresh air, natural beauty and benefitted from the endorphins zipping through the body produced by the exercise!

The first group of Blanco Blue Bikes was distributed throughout Blanco last week and many locals and tourist have used the bikes with great zest! The Blue Bikes are for the community and to be shared by all. It looks as if folks know how to use them, how to make a note on them if they get broken, and that they are to be shared and taken care of by us all! It is through communities working together–like the Keep Blanco Beautiful team and the caretakers of the state park who do such a great job keeping the park facilities clean and safe, which help keep Blanco special for all of us.

Along with keeping the village feel of Blanco by recycling old bikes and making them usable for all, the Blanco Blue Bike Project couples with our neighborhoods to beautify the areas and make them more "Mommy friendly." Thank you, Jim at Sta-Bilt Hardware for the paint we used to paint our shared bike space and the paint for the bikes, and also for the old bike donation! You can donate anything to the bike project at 2nd and Cherry streets by the fence painted lavender with a piece of a bike on it. That is The Blanco Blue Bike's donation spot. Thank you to all for the 31 bike frames received–99% broken–and we are greatful to be able to put them back into use! Also, a big thank you to Tom Phillips who mowed our Blue Bike Shop's lawn–that toddler size grass was quite the work out! Thank you, Tom!

We are still recruiting bike mechanics and–hey, high school shop classes, are you reading this? We need you. Hitchin' Post Bike racks for the city of Blanco would be a great service to us all! I hope to see some Blue Bikes at the schools and other bike riders, too! Healthier kids equal happier kids! Call Carrie at 512-363-6216. We all also creating a bike safety class for anyone who wants to attend–all ages are welcome!

Thank you, Blanco! It is quite the ride around here. I hope everyone plays a little today. Go find a Blue Bike and take a surprise ride. After all, you don't want to get to be an older person and be in bed and say, "Darn, I should have gone for a bike ride!" It is assured that Blanco is the only city who has the Blanco Blue Bikes, unique to its own. Remember bike safety; ride at your own risk. Smile and wave at everyone; why not, we are all the same family!

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