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1OA Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 Feather River Bulletin Collaboration hopes to build stronger bicycling community James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com The wheels are turning in the minds of several bicycle enthusiasts in Quincy, who are working together to form a bicycle-friendly atmosphere. The Plumas County Public Health Agency recently joined in the conversation, and it invites all who are interested to share their opinions and ideas at a public meeting set for Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the public health conference room at the courthouse annex. Nicholas Poole, public health community outreach coordinator, said she believes that with a little push, Quincy can reach its potential as a biking community. According to Poole, public education and some changes to the town's infrastructure can make this a reality. "Our mission statement is to promote biking for commuting and wellness in Plumas County, by addressing physical and psychological barriers," said Poole. "There's a lot we're trying to capture. It's kind of a big idea." Public health's first objective was to form a work group to help tackle problem areas in regards to biking in Quincy. Public works, the California Highway Patrol, the Feather River College Bike Barn, social services, the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, Plumas Arts, Quincy Bike Shop and Bike Basket Growers all jumped on board. The collective held a bike drive over the holidays, which resulted in great success. The community donated 47 bikes, all of which needed repairs to some extent. According to Poole, about one-third need little work done to them, one-third need major repairs and one-third can be used for parts. What to do with these bicycles is one of the subjects up for discussion at Friday's meeting. Other topics include safe routes around town and availability of bike racks. "We want to decide in this meeting what direction we should go," Poole said. "People can expect future projects and opportunities to get involved. We're interested in finding out what holds people back from biking more often." One of the agencies public health is involved with has Feather River College instructor Saylor Flett works on a bike at the campus's Bike Barn on Jan. 8. The Plumas County Public Health Agency is partnering with the Bike Barn and other groups to make Quincy a more bike-friendly community. A public meeting on the subject is scheduled for this Friday at 3:30 p.m. Photo by James Wilson "We want to decide in this meeting what direction we should go .... We're interested in finding out what holds people back from biking more often." Nicholas Poole Community Outreach Coordinator Plumas County Public Health Agency, plenty of experience on the subject. FRC's Bike Barn has been working since 2010 on improving Quincy's biking infrastructure. The Bike Barn, located behind the tennis courts at the college, provides a number of services for Quincy's biking community. In the past, Bike Barn volunteers held bicycle rodeos, teaching youngsters in the county how to change a fiat tire and make minor repairs on their bikes. Another service the Bike Barn offers that many are not aware of is bike rentals. The Bike Barn is equipped with a fleet of rental bicycles. For six months, a rental costs $35 with a refundable deposit Of $20. For a short-term rental of two weeks, the price is $15 with a $20 refundable deposit. The Bike Barn received grants in 2010 and 2011 from the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District that initially helped create the bicycle cooperative. The 2011 grant enabled the purchase of eight bike racks for installation around Quincy. Red tape and a lack of funds prevented the Bike Barn from installing the racks. With this new bike collective, however, the possibility of installing the racks is back on the table. Public health hopes input from bikers in the community can help determine what spots around town are most in need of bike racks. Those interested in getting involved with the newly formed collective can contact Poole at 283-6337 or email him at nicholaspoole@county ofplumas.com. Guest teacher Travis Rubke demonstrates the principles of thermodynamics to high schoo students Jan. 9 as part of a two-week project-based learning module. The Plumas Charter Schoo i students tackled the subject of fire from all angles, incorporating multiple subjects. Photo by Case Peters  / / Charter school rolls out first project-based learning module James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com The Plumas Charter School launched its ffwst project-based learning module at its Quincy location for grades nine - 12 last week. Students got seven days over two weeks to complete a complex objective: "Given limited resources in an isolated and austere environment, construct an object that will provide you with an efficient source of heat." The charter school students were tasked with incorporating all the subjects they studied over the semester and using their accumulated knowledge to build a rocket stove. "Project-based learning is a way to integrate all the subject matter into one concept," explained PCS Executive Director Taletha Washburn. "That can often make the concept more accessible for kids. They're able to internalize it into their life." PCS teacher Ryan Schramel described the concept of project-based learning as conducting an in-depth study into a specific area, The teachers at the school agreed to base their inaugural module on fire and heat, due to the students' interest in the subject. "Who doesn't like f]re?" Schramel asked rhetorically. "Fire has defined what we have been able to accomplish as a human race. Without fire, we couldn't have put a man on the moon and definitely wouldn't have been able to recover him." Though the singular concept may seem easy, Schramel explained, there are many layers to it. Thes e layers incorporate the science behind convection and thermodynamics, history and literature. "It's multidisciplined," said Schramel. "We're incorporating English, arts, science -- all coming together into one project. We're taking all these things and looking at the subject from as many ways as possible." On the first day of the module, students tried to build fires using just one match. The results varied. Along the way, they learned the science of building fires. Day 2 focused on the practical applications surrounding if]re education. Forest Service employee s talked to students about careers dealing with fire, including fire ecology and fire fighting. Throughout last week and this week, students gained a deeper understanding of "all. things fire." Today, the students are scheduled to complete construction on their rocket stoves. Schramel and Washburn both viewed the module as a' success and plan to incorporate other modules intJ f.4.b ciiiier schoSi' curriculum next semester. "We're all expanding our horizons, because it's really appropriate," said Washburn. "We're fledgling project-based learners here, but we thought it was time to go for it." Students at the school will present their completed rocket stoves to their fellow students tomorrow, adding insights into what they learned to finish off the module. .... 30% OFF marked price, t LAMPS, PICTURES, PAINTINGS take an additional 15% OFF marked price! 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