Our partners in Lithuania has done a promotional video of their surroundings, biking along their forest and natural landscapes.
Ten bicyclists from Corella went to Zaragoza on Saturday, December 1, to attend a 6-hour theoretical-practical course to know about “Cycling Without Age” international project and to learn to pilot a trishaw.
We wanted to get to Zaragoza by train but RENFE didn´t allow 10 bikes on any train and we had to drive instead. Of course, we didn´t abandon our precious bicycles. We parked in Expo area and pedaled 3´5 km on nice bicycle lanes along Ebro river to get to “La Ciclería”, right in the city center.
“La Ciclería” is a paradise for urban cyclists. It´s a place made by cyclists and for cyclists. They fix and hire bikes, offer courses to pilot trishaws, DIY bike repair workshops… “La Ciclería” is full of ancient pictures of cyclists, old posters, hangers and coasters made of bike parts… The atmosphere is just great to help a cyclist feel at home. They have a cafeteria with plenty of fair-trade products: coffee, hot chocolate, teas, tasty pastries… Besides, they have a cozy space for assemblies and courses in the basement.
When we arrived at “La Ciclería”, Arnao and Laura, our trishaws instructors, were waiting for us. We introduced everybody, had a quick coffee on the go and went downstairs to start the theoretical training. They explained how CWA started, we watched a video and learned about the project: volunteers, insurance, community-building, tips to drive the trishaws… We asked tons of questions.
Right after lunch the practical trishaw training started. We took our bikes and Arnao and Laura their trishaw. As we had only one trishaw, we had to take turns. We all switched roles from pilot to passenger to bicyclist. We cycled along Zaragoza´s amazing cycle lane network. We got to Expo area easily, quickly and, last but not least, car-free! There are very large and quiet spaces in that city area to practice with the trishaw.
We had lunch in a vegetarian restaurant nearby. We tried every tasty dish they offered. And the desserts were delicious!
And that´s all, folks! It was a great training with good friends that we plan to repeat soon in Corella. See you there!
José Félix Catalán
Cursillo de Triciclo en Zaragoza.Estuvimos 10 personas voluntarias aprendiendo a pilotar el triciclo 6 horas de cursillo muy lucrativas.Te montas en triciclo y salen las sonrisas solas ¿te imaginas la cara de nuestros abuelos?Gracias en bici sin edad Zaragoza – La Cicleria y a Laura, Dani.
Publicada por Juan Luis Echarri Chifly en Miércoles, 5 de diciembre de 2018
Last Saturday, November 11, my school (IES Alhama) and Biciclistas de Corella organized a DIY bicycle repair workshop. 17 volunteers managed to fix 14 bikes in almost three hours.
We greatly appreciate the help and expertise of Javier Díaz García (“Ciclos Javi”), a former student of IES Alhama. He was extremely patient when teaching us basic concepts of bicycle mechanics.
Some memorable numbers of our DIY bike repair workshop:
-Bikes serviced and fixed: 14
-Students who volunteered their time: 13
-Mothers who pitched in: 2
-Bicyclists organizing the event: 2
-Patience and know-how of Javier, our mechanic: infinite!!!
WALKING, SOCIALIZING AND PICKING RUBBISH IN CORELLA
Iara Camila Jara Rivas
We had to get up early on the fourth of November for the first Erasmus outing. There were twenty-one people: eleven Alhama High School students and ten Bicyclists and parents. We met at the bus station, where we got some bags to pick rubbish as we walked. We got to “Cuesta de las brujas” (Witches’ climb), a place where we planted trees one year ago, to check if they were fine. We filled several bags with the plastic we picked and, luckily, we emptied them in big bins we found in “La Estanquilla”, a small but beautiful reservoir very near Corella. We stopped there to have a snack and enjoy the view. It was a sunny and mild autumn day, just perfect for a nice walk.
We went on walking along “Las Losillas” and “Las Raboseras”. Unfortunately, there was more rubbish than bags (we had only three), but we managed to fill and empty them several times in bins we found here and there. We calculate we threw out around 15. We ended up in “La Estanca”, the most beautiful natural space in Corella. Rebeca showed us “El jardín ciudadano” (Citizens’ Garden), an ugly space that she has turned, with the help of lots of people from Corella, into a public garden full of plants, flowers and colours.
The first Erasmus outing was a great excuse to make new friends, socialize with interesting adults and clean our environment. We all laughed a lot and had more fun than we had anticipated.
Interesting numbers of our first Erasmus excursion:
Kilometers we walked: 13
Bags we filled with rubbish: 15
Times we laughed and amazing views we enjoyed: countless.
My name is Loubna Elliasmine. My friends and I participated in a Multicultural Market on September 15th, 2018 . Tambarria, a cultural association from Corella, organized the event and Biciclistas de Corella and Alhama High School collaborated, as part of Erasmus project, to set up a stall to sell countless things. Our common objective was to raise funds to buy two “trishaws” (tricycles for elderly people).
The market started at 17:00 and I contributed two cakes that don´t need to be baked and a traditional Maroccan tea and I helped to run the stall too, specifically the Arab sweets table.
The cakes are so so easy to make, you only need two ingredients, one of them are big round wafers and the other is melted chocolate. Basically what you have to do is put a wafer and the melted chocolate in layers till the last wafer, that you have to cover with more chocolate. I made two wafers cakes, one with white chocolate decoration and the other one with smashed biscuits. My mom brewed a delicious tea -she´s an expert!, and helped us all to take care of the stall. There were 3 more tables, apart from the Arab section: one with Biciclistas T-shirts, bandanas, hoodies, etc. and two more with tasty traditional sweets: rosquillas (Spanish doughnuts), chocolate cakes, cookies… Yummy!
The market went great. At the beginning, it was almost empty but with the passing of time familiar faces showed up (teachers, friends, relatives) and sometimes we were surrounded by people and felt a bit overwhelmed. Most people were willing to find out who had made the sweets (our mothers helped, but I promised we worked hard too!), they wanted to try all the sweets, they showed interest in knowing where the money would go… Last, but not least, they bought all the sweets we had on offer and, when we put away the stall at 21:00, we had happily and surprisingly run out of everything.
It feels good to see how people of different ages are open to learning about other cultures. We all had a good time and the market was a success.
Some key numbers:
Volunteers running the stall: 18 students and 6 adults
Hours spent in the market: 5
Money raised: 402 euros
People we met and questions they asked: countless!
SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY, SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY
Biciclistas de Corella (Spain), Green Schools/Cyclist.ie – the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network, and Frie Fugle (Denmark) have collaborated with a youth association (LAG Suduva, Lithuania) and Alhama High School (Spain) to devise a project (SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY, SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY) that combines social inclusion, intergenerational relationships, community building and sustainable mobility.