Archive for the 'Community Service' category

Wish I am in Paris

| November 19, 2015 5:45 pm

Je suis Français, je n’ai pas peur — I am French and I am not afraid.

It is maddening to read people cancelling their trips to Paris because of fear of more terrorist attacks. Terrorists try to sow fears with their random attacks. If we are cowing to these threats, they will have won.

Love is stronger than hate — the majority of us are not afraid and in fact are more resolved to stand-up and be strong. The day after the attack, a musician, Davide Martello, drove from Berlin, pulled his portable piano by bicycle to the crime scene, and then played John Lennon’s Imagine. Davide is not afraid.

Rick Steves of PBS wrote:
“As for how to respond to terrorism, I believe we owe it to the victims of this act not to let the terrorists succeed in terrorizing us. Sure, it’s natural for our emotions to get the best of us, especially given the drumbeat of sensational media coverage. But to me, responding appropriately to terrorism means responding intelligently and rationally.

Remember: There’s an important difference between fear and risk. We must not let our fear cloud our ability to assess risk. I’m sure that many Americans will cancel their trips to Paris (a city of 2 million people) or the rest of Europe (a continent of 500 million people), because of an event that killed about 130. The terrorists are happy when we ignore the math (and the tiny odds of actual danger), and let our decisions be driven by fear. Well, I’m not in a mood to make them happy… It remains my firmly held belief that one of the best ways for Americans to fight terrorism is to keep on traveling.”

Wish I am in Paris,
Tony Le, ACTC President

P.E.A.C.E.

| November 15, 2015 9:35 pm

Pause to reflect where we have been, proud of our history and accomplishments, and to renew our energy.

Exhale and breathe deeply in stressful situations to restore balance and to facilitate the ability to respond skillfully rather than to react or repress.

Attend and enjoy the present and be mindfully aware of sensations from each of the senses.

Connect compassionately to what is happening personally, friends, family, and as a community member.

Express oneself in authentic, creative, and compassionate ways, including art, science, friendship, community service, volunteering, and cycling.

Adapted from the Stanford Health Improvement Program.

Best,
Tony Le, ACTC President

One Child At A Time

| September 18, 2015 8:49 am

At the ACTC September general meeting, two children, Lorenzo and Georgia Ramirez, and their Grandmother Patricia Garcia, thanked us for our support of the Aztec Bike Club of Gardner Academy. The children live far enough from school that it is not practical to walk, but still they walked because driving them is not an option. Then the children received bicycles from Turning Wheels for Kids and now look forward everyday to going to school. “They love riding to school and now love going to school,” Patricia said.

It is awesome that a bicycle given to a child can make such a big difference. If the act of going to school was a chore in itself, the efficient bicycle fixes that.

ACTC has a proud philanthropic history of supporting many programs, from Turning Wheels For Kids (since its founding over a decade ago), to Good Karma Bikes, Kidical Mass, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, Gardner Academy, bicycle research at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and many more. This last meeting is the most satisfying — helping children to become cyclists (going to school is icing on the cake), one child at a time.

Best,
Tony Le, ACTC President

Opening Doors

| June 22, 2015 3:46 pm

“There are those who build walls and those who open doors” Carlos Varela (Cuban singer-songwriter)

ACTC, and especially the ACTC Academy, opens doors to new cyclists to a lifelong activity that changes their lives. There are psychological, physical, and financial barriers to becoming a cyclist. It certainly seems easier to sit back and watch TV, even though many know that is not healthy. But where and how to break the cycle?

New cyclists are often unsure of their ability. Will I be left behind? Is it safe to ride on that busy road? Maybe I need to stay on a bike trail. Time and again, many ACTC ride leaders and Academy instructors take it upon themselves to be cycling ambassadors. Stories abound of their patience to help transform these new friends from caterpillar to butterfly.

Although it is hard to measure the impact of their goodwill actions on the growth of ACTC, they matter not just a little. These selfless leaders provide the principle, the DNA of our core membership — helping others and the community in more ways than just cycling. Young cyclists will be spared from being on the rising statistic of childhood obesity and juvenile diabetes. (Keep going Teagan, Skylla, and Qena, we are proud of you!) Working cyclists are more productive and creative because their endorphin is high, instead of adrenaline. Retired friends have less aches and pains because arthritis, diabetes, and most diseases prefer sedentary bodies.

Keep going ACTC and ACTC Academy! Let’s open more doors!

Best,
Tony Le, ACTC President

Not for the Pay

| February 8, 2015 11:27 am

We are all volunteers — the Board, Tierra Bella and Sierra to the Sea staff, Academy, New Year Celebration, Great Western Rally, Russian River Rally, Progressive Dinner, July 4th Pancake Breakfast, Ice Cream Social, Ride Leader Appreciation Luncheon, Member Appreciation Dinner, Black and Blue Bottom and Communication staff, Turning Wheels for Kids, Rescue Committee, Club Clothier, Election Committee, Librarian, Statistician, and more. We are appreciative of every single volunteer and know that it is not because of the pay that we are here. Deep down, we know not only that cycling is a righteous activity transforming our world into a greener and gentler world but also that ACTC is more than a cycling club.

Sure, ACTC has rides, but the members are its soul. ACTC is more like a family — we reach out to members in need and help our community to promote cycling as if our life depends on it. I am proud to be an ACTC volunteer — not for the pay.

Best,
Tony Le, ACTC President

Memorial Dedication Ride

| October 25, 2008 9:18 am

by Larry Bain (photos by Larry Bain and Bill Bushnell)

Oct. 18, 2008 – I was among several hundred cyclists who gathered at Cupertino City Hall on this brisk October morning for a somber ride up to the dedication of permanent memorials to for Kristy Gough and Matt Peterson.

The City of Cupertino has graciously created permanent plaque memorials for the two cyclists near site of their tragedy, along with a striking “Ghost Bike” structure (www.ghostbike.org) overlooking the vista near the entrance to Stevens Creek Park.  The Sheriff’s Department closed Steven’s Canyon Road to all vehicle traffic during the morning and also provided a motorcycle escort for the caravan of family and those of us that cycled from City Hall.

During the dedication we reflected on the moving words offered by the parents of Kristi and Matt which touched on many themes including the difficulty of coping with the tragedy for the many loved ones left behind, the preciousness and fragility of life, and the joy and inspiration that Kristy’s and Matt’s lives had brought to others.


As inscribed on their memorials:

In Memory of Kristy Gough
Free from Imaginary Lines and Limitations

In Memory of Matt Peterson
Rethink What is Possible

Three Creeks Trail Update (Willow Glen Spur)

| February 26, 2008 5:38 pm

submitted by Paul Metz

From Ken Yeager, County Board of Supervisors:

Greetings,

Today, the Board of Supervisors unanimously supported a memo that Supervisor Blanca Alvarado and I wrote regarding trails. It directed County of Santa Clara staff to participate in the Three Creeks Trail (formerly the Willow Glen Spur Trail) Technical Advisory Committee with City of San Jose staff. As long-time advocates of this important project, we wholeheartedly support these efforts to move forward on the development of this trail, and they welcome the opportunity for continued collaboration with the City.

The City is requesting a contribution of $4 million toward acquisition of parcels along the eastern alignment. Any potential contribution would come from the Parks Charter Fund and would need Board of Supervisors approval. Such funding would enhance the County’s existing investments, which are intended to develop much-needed urban trail connections within Santa Clara County .

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at 299-5040 or contact me via e-mail at Ken.Yeager@bos.sccgov.org.

Ken

Willow Glen Spur Trail

| February 6, 2008 10:46 pm
Paul Metzby Paul Metz  6 members of ACTC attended a crowded meeting on the status of the Willow Glen Spur Trail. They were myself, Tony Le, Marvin Laurence, Debbie Wade, Marylou Avanzino, and Paul Rotschi (aka Paul Raymond). Click here for most of what is known.

The money mentioned would seem to allow purchase of about 2/3 of the properties needed to connect the Lonus trailhead to HW 87.

Connecting the trail from HW 87 to Kelley Park along the UPRR right-of-way is problematic: mid-block crossings, and a lack of visibility to the trail means that it could be hard to monitor the trail for crime. They may improve Alma instead, which is pleasant east of Monterey Highway and a deathtrap west of Monterey to HW 87.

Guadalupe River Trail Clean-up

| January 21, 2008 10:52 am

Sunday, January 20th 10: 00 am

John riding his broom - 'r, bike - up the trail

Twenty ACTC’ers gathered in front of the Tamien train station for the inaugural Guadalupe River Trail clean up. ACTC has adopted a portion of the bike trail that runs along Hwy 87 between Curtner and Willow, and like every other activity we do, we hit this with high energy and a great sense of fun.

The club contributed 40 total hours to cleaning up the trail. We gathered up a lot of junk, swept up broken glass, painted over graffiti, and gave the city a good “to do” list for repairs and repainting. Though everyone worked hard, it was a fun, social event for all! After approximately 2 hours of work, we regrouped in the parking lot for a group picture in front of our newly formed pile of junk. We cleaned the trail, and it was now the City’s job to pick up the garbage!

Not quite ready for lunch, most of us took an entertaining tour of the crazy (but useful) Guadalupe River Trail. We then ended our day at Deb Wade’s house for a well deserved lunch.

Thank you Debbie and Randal for inviting us over! ACTC will be hosting “trail clean-up” days every month. Look for the next event on February 10, and join us for a fun, new, social event!
David, Deb, and Deb

Trail Watch Program – posted by Franz Kelsch

| January 10, 2008 2:50 pm

The following information was received about the Santa Clara County Parks Volunteer Program Trail Watch Team. Click the following link for a PDF flyer.

Trail Watch Bike Flyer