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Life & Work with Bike Fun

Bike Fun directors (L-R) Jeff Brousal, Carey Rogers, KJ Garner & Amy Bryant at a rest stop during the Tour de Nash in May, 2022. Photo by Jessica Rinne.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bike Fun.

Hello Bike Fun, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
Bike Fun started as a way to work with people who are coming back to bike riding after a while away or who had never learned how to ride a bike. Bike Fun provides classes, one-on-one or small group lessons, and rides.

We strive to be non-judgmental and inclusive of riders of all levels and experiences.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Bike Fun has been in existence since 2016. Bike Fun transitioned from a commercial business to a 501(c)(3) organization in April 2020, just at the beginning of the ongoing pandemic, so one could say we had a holding pattern for much of the first year in operation as a non-profit.

We were able to pivot to exclusively outdoor learning, which means we are beholden to the weather – depending on the time of year in middle Tennessee can mean very cold or very hot.

Obtaining enough bicycles to use for students who don’t have a bicycle – a significant barrier to learning how to ride! – has also been a challenge, but we’re thrilled to have enough to get us set with our current student population.

Bicycle riding in Nashville can be dangerous – not just for the inattention of drivers, but also of the lack of political willpower to provide for safe, protected bicycle routes. In Nashville, many first-time or returning riders feel safest in parks, on greenways – but unfortunately feel they have to drive or be driven there in order to ride, which completely negates the aspect of freedom of movement that a bicycle provides.

Paved roads are the largest public space we have in Davidson County, and yet people who walk or bike are often excluded from using these spaces due to driver behavior as well as road design.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Bike Fun is the only bicycle-specific educational non-profit in middle Tennessee.

We are known for being patient, compassionate, and encouraging. We currently have two instructors – KJ Garner and Ashleigh Wilson – and a handful of dedicated, skilled volunteers who come out for events like the Bike Fun Bike Lab and the Bicycle Revivals (held in the spring and fall).

Our instructors are League Cycling Instructors as certified through the League of American Bicyclists.

With backgrounds in both education and retail, our instructors are able to knowledgeably answer questions about a wide range of bicycle-related topics – from size and fit to carry your bike to e-bikes to car racks and more.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
Bike Fun’s founder, KJ Garner, received her LCI training in Nashville through a scholarship provided by Walk Bike Nashville. She went to Memphis for the on-bike portion of the exam and was graciously hosted by the Memphis Hightailers and Tulio Bertolini.

KJ also worked at REI, a national outdoor retailer, for seven years and was encouraged by co-workers and managers alike. Special thanks to managers Bill Rieger and Joyce Dierschke.

Bike Fun’s non-profit status was made possible through the pro bono legal assistance provided by the Turner Family Community Enterprise Clinic at Vanderbilt University, developed and led by Professor Lauren Rogal. Our deepest gratitude to the clinic for providing Bike Fun with the legal structure required to be a functioning 501(c)(3).

Our wonderful board members are supporters, bike riders, and cheerleaders all wrapped into one. They are Jeff Brousal (director), Amy Willoughby Bryant (director), KJ Garner (president), Daniel Montalvo (treasurer), and Carey Rogers (secretary).

The staff over at Walk Bike Nashville plays a critical role in connecting community members to Bike Fun when learn-to-ride inquiries hit their inbox, and we are thankful for that connection.

Pricing:

  • Private one-on-one lessons start at $50 for an hour of personalized instruction; sliding scale rates are available.
  • Rides are free though donations are accepted.
  • Classes range from $5 to 25 depending on the topic and length.

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Bike Fun board members (L-R) Jeff Brousal, KJ Garner, and Daniel Montalvo take a cruise across the John Seigenthaler bridge on BCycle bike share bicycles. January 2022. Photo by Alicia Spence-Schlesinger.

Bike Fun director Jeff Brousal points to the plethora of information about bicycle riding, maintenance, and more at the Bike Fun Bike Lab pop-up in October 2021. Photo by KJ Garner.

Group ride as part of the #coffeeoutside initiative – ride your bike, make coffee outside, enjoy! April 2022. Photo by KJ Garner.

KJ’s bike set up for super fun night riding. July 2017. Photo by KJ Garner.

Attendees of Nashville’s first women-specific cycling health clinic and workshop, Wheel You Be Mine?. February 2020.

Bike Fun’s table at the New Beginnings Center open house in April 2022. Photo by KJ Garner.

Image Credits
BikeFunBODTourdeNash2022, Jeff Brousal, Carey Rogers, KJ Garner, & Amy Bryant, Tour de Nash in May 2022, WomensClinicSetup2022, CoffeeOutsideApril2022, NightRide2017, BikeFunBikeLab, WheelYouBeMineFeb2020, BCycleJanuary2022, Daniel Montalvo, John Seigenthaler, and Alicia Spence-Schlesinger

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