North Natomas Jibe

September 18, 2019

In this issue...

End of an Era  ...  50 Bikes for 50 Kids: Seven Years Strong  ...  Holiday Schedule  ...  Walktober All Over: An Event Recap  ...  Creating New Pathways  ...  A Hippity-Hopping Good Time on Jackrabbit Trail  ... 


End of an Era

Derek Chernow has been on our Board of Directors since 2006, in the role of president since 2011. In that time, he has led this organization through many program expansions, a couple strategic plans and even a complete organizational rebrand.

Derek will be leaving the board at the end of 2018. A resident of North Natomas, his dedication to this community through this volunteer position is truly invaluable. His leadership and quick wit will be sorely missed. Jibe staff and his board associates wish him success in the future and hope another worthy organization will receive the honor of his volunteer time.

From the entire North Natomas community:
Thank You, Derek!

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50 Bikes for 50 Kids: Seven Years Strong

Seeking: volunteers for hands-on help. We're looking for helmet-fitters, cardboard box-breakers, event support and bike builders -- no experience needed, we'll train you! Last year, 273 volunteers donated 936 hours to the event and made this an incredible, transformative experience for 50 inspirational youth recipients.

Of course, we wouldn't be able to do any of this without donations from people and businesses who want to help change the lives of students and promote healthy, sustainable transportation behaviors. Could that someone be you?

50 Bikes for 50 Kids will take place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 21, 2019.

Get Involved!

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Holiday Schedule

The holiday season is upon us. You know what that means. The weather changes. The stores start filling up. And everyone has a few days off from work to enjoy quality time with their friends and loved ones.

The following are days when the folks here at Jibe HQ, as well as the dutiful drivers of Jibe Express, will take a holiday:

  • Thanksgiving Day, 11/22
  • Day After Thanksgiving, 11/23
  • Christmas, 12/25
  • New Year's Day, 1/1
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 1/21

In addition, the Jibe office will be closed:

  • Christmas Eve, 12/24
  • New Year's Eve, 12/31

Should you need to head downtown, we recommend carpooling with a friend or coworker, or even riding the many Natomas trails and bike lanes with the added bonus of burning some holiday calories.

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Walktober All Over: An Event Recap

Walktober, an annual month-long campaign, celebrates and awards children for ditching the car and walking to school. Students track the number of trips they walk to school with a collective goal to "walk" the length of the United States.

This year, we had a terrific turnout. Of the participating North Natomas schools, Star students walked halfway through Nevada. Westlake Charter and H. Allen Hight made it past Cheyenne, Wyoming with Witter Ranch close behind. Natomas Park, Heron, Paso Verde walked past Des Moines, Iowa. Regency Park students made it 3,550 miles, past New York, New York, all the way across America!

While the focus is on student achievement, we wanted to make sure that teachers also get a well-deserved nod for their support and encouragement. In fact, those with the highest percentage of participating students won a check equivalent to the amount of gas saved by students walking to school.

Thanks to everyone who took part and put their shoe soles to good use!

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Creating New Pathways

Did you know that North Natomas has more bike infrastructure per square mile than the average United States city? The new Natomas Meadows development is going to fit right in with the addition of a new path that begins at Gateway Park and runs along the drain canal, east-west. One more great amenity for getting around North Natomas.

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A Hippity-Hopping Good Time on Jackrabbit Trail

Not long ago, there was a four-mile trail that needed a name. It ran north-south from Elkhorn Boulevard to Airport Road. In 2017, the community decided to call it the Jackrabbit Trail, and now newly installed signage helps to mark trailhead entrances at major intersections. Getting people riding together is as easy as saying, "Meet me on the Jackrabbit Trail!" Even if you're not into joining a crowd, the trail remains a fantastic way to get around North Natomas, and beyond.

Last month, Jibe planned an event to do just that. A whole lot of people came out and walked, biked, scooted, and skated, all braving the wind and having a good time. Special thanks to our event vendors: District 1 Councilmember Angelique Ashby, California Family Fitness, eXp Realty, Holiday Inn Express, Inspire Preschool, Mom's Transportation, Serenity Dental, Sweaty Shelly, and volunteers from the Youth Action Corps.

Find your way to the trail.

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Mission Statement:
North Natomas Jibe is a nonprofit organization with the mission to foster transportation behaviors that enhance placemaking in our community through advocacy, programs, education, and services.

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