City hopes to expand Bicycle Ambassadors program
Dublin will soon expand its bicycle ambassador program.
The program, established in the spring, will hold its second training program from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 19.
The Dublin Bicycle Ambassador program is volunteer-based and currently has 18 members.
"It has been going really, really well," said Samantha Haberkamp, administrative assistant with volunteer resources. "We have 18 cyclists out on the paths right now with CPR and first-aid training we provided for them."
The volunteers are cyclists that already spend a lot of time out on Dublin's trails.
"They're out there looking at different cracks and reporting that to the city and giving directions for wayfinding, (and) letting us know about any tree limbs that have fallen," Haberkamp said.
The volunteers utilize Google-plus to notify city staff members of problems with the trails.
"They're eyes for city staff who can't get out there to the hundreds of trails that we have in Dublin," Haberkamp said.
"They're out there anyway, enjoying biking and getting active, why not use them?"
Dublin isn't looking for a certain number of volunteers to add to its bicycle ambassador program, but prefers adult volunteers.
"It's for whoever wants to do it," Haberkamp said. "They do record their hours and miles so we can keep track of them."
The Sept. 19 training will include CPR and first-aid training as well as lessons on other bicycle ambassador responsibilities.
"They help with wayfinding. If someone is not familiar with Dublin and is out of the bike trails, they help with that," Haberkamp said.
Dublin Bicycle Ambassadors can be identified out on trails with a yellow safety vest bearing the program name and commit to riding on Dublin paths at least once a week.
Bicycle ambassadors will also help lead a new fall program, group bike rides slated for Sept. 22, Oct. 6 and 20.
"You meet at the (recreation) center and go from there and take leisurely strolls through Historic Dublin and a couple other places the bicycle ambassadors have routed," Haberkamp said.
"It's to get residents out and about and get healthy and active since we're all about the Healthy Dublin program."
Rides are four, six and eight miles and are open to all ages, Haberkamp said.
"It's not super intense, so families can enjoy getting to know Dublin," she said.
To register for the Sept. 19 training, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the group bike rides, look online at dublinohiousa.gov/recreation-services/healthy/.