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A new club cycles into La Verne

Dion Johnson, director of art galleries, Joey Torres, junior political science major and Jim Brooks, associate director of the Campus Center, are charter members of the new University of La Verne Cycling Club. The club’s first ride will be at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 28., beginning in front of the Inhale/Exhale sculpture in the Muriel Pollia Sculpture Garden, south of Miller Hall. Johnson serves as the faculty adviser of the club, Torres is the club’s founder and Brooks is an administrative adviser. / photo by Stephanie Arellanes

Dion Johnson, director of art galleries, Joey Torres, junior political science major and Jim Brooks, associate director of the Campus Center, are charter members of the new University of La Verne Cycling Club. The club’s first ride will be at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 28., beginning in front of the Inhale/Exhale sculpture in the Muriel Pollia Sculpture Garden, south of Miller Hall. Johnson serves as the faculty adviser of the club, Torres is the club’s founder and Brooks is an administrative adviser. / photo by Stephanie Arellanes

Debbie Allison
Staff Writer

The Cycling Club is getting ready to begin its first semester at the University of La Verne and if you have even the slightest interest in riding a bike, this club is for you.

Junior political science major Joey Torres decided to start the Cycling Club when he noticed that there were many students on campus who rode bikes, including himself.

“I want to be an advocate for students on campus who ride bikes,” Torres said.

The club will have both official meetings and group rides scheduled during the semester, switching days each month to be able to accommodate all club members.

Advisers Dion Johnson, director of art galleries, and Jim Brooks, associate director of the Campus Center, will be taking an active role in the club as well.

Both have a love of cycling and intend to join in as many of the clubs’ group rides as possible.

Johnson often commutes more than 50 miles to work on his bicycle.

Brooks, on the other hand, hopes to get back into cycling.

“I discovered I have less time lately to spend cycling and am hoping this club will be a new avenue for me to do so,” Brooks said.

One thing needs to be made clear, this club is not just for those with bikes costing thousands of dollars.

“One of the things we want to emphasize is that you can ride any bike,” Torres said. “We’re definitely trying to reach out to students.”

Everyone is encouraged to join the club’s rides; whether you own a fancy road bike or a beat-up old mountain bike you have not ridden in years.

And the Cycling Club will not only give members a chance to do what they love in a fun group setting, it also aims to educate members on laws and safety issues related to cycling.

“Many people do not know that it is illegal to ride on sidewalks,” Torres said.

Issues like how to ride with the flow of traffic will also be addressed to make sure that members are not only having a good time, but being educated as well.

Senior Tatiana Del Toro, a speech communication and French major, is one of the 16 members already signed up for the Cycling Club.

“It’s what I like to do in my spare time, and it’s a newfound passion. I’m glad somebody started a club for it here on campus,” Del Toro said.

And it is not too late to join. Students interested in joining can talk to either Brooks, Johnson or Torres, or join their group on Facebook.

Even if you do not have a chance to sign up before one of their rides, you are more than welcome to just show up an participate.

So if you are looking to pick up a new hobby, or have been cycling for years, grab a bike and join.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Torres said.

Debbie Allison can be reached at deborah.allison@laverne.edu.

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