Bolivar Academy of Cycling Begins
Local bicycling enthusiast, Cornell Falls, who received certification from the League of American Cycling in 2020, held the grand opening for Bolivar Academy of Cycling (BAC). The theme for last Saturday’s youth-focused event was “Bicycling Against Bullying”.
“It was a joy to teach the youth in our community how to ride their bikes safely,” said Falls. “My main goal—for participants to have fun and be safe while riding.” Following a skills practice, Falls led the youth on a one-mile ride where they stopped at Bolivar Central and Bolivar Elementary schools to discuss tips on what to do if they are being bullied—ignore the bully; tell the teacher or parent; and stand near a witness.
Falls plans for BAC include starting a youth cycling team and leading local rides at Bolivar’s beautiful parks. To learn more about the academy, call (731) 212-0618 or go online to http://bolivaracademyofcycling.com/. Most events are free with sponsorship from the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation and support from Hardeman Healthy Outreach.
The next event is an adult and youth 16+ “Smart Cycling” course to be held at First Baptist Church in Bolivar on Saturday, August 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The course is free but pre-registration is required by contacting BAC or calling UT-TSU Extension at 731-658-2421 by Wednesday, August 24.
Hardeman Healthy Outreach is funded by the CDC’s High Obesity Program (HOP) through The University of Tennessee Extension to improve access to food and physical activity opportunities throughout Hardeman County. For more information, go to @BeMoreHardeman on Facebook.