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Bicycle Ambassadors Endorsed by Prescott College

Prescott, AZ – This year, ambassadors from Prescott, Arizona will enjoy the endorsement of the city’s most prominent university when they travel to Vancouver to engage with bicycle experts from around the world. One Street, an international bicycle advocacy organization based in Prescott, is raising funds for community advocates and Prescott College students to attend the Velo-city 2012 conference in Vancouver June 26-29. These bicycle ambassadors will be charged with bringing back the latest project and policy innovations from around the world to help transform Prescott into a bicycling city.

“Prescott College is proud to endorse a project that speaks directly to caring for our environment and improving our population’s physical fitness,” said Dr. Kristin Woolever, president of Prescott College. “Making our cities and towns bicycle friendly is a major step forward!”

This is the second year that One Street has run the City to Velo-city program. “Last year was more of a spur of the moment thing,” said Sue Knaup, One Street’s executive director. “But after the outstanding success of the trip, our board of directors decided to make it an on-going program. Connecting local bicycle advocates with their peers from around the world fits our mission perfectly. And this year we are thrilled to have the endorsement of Prescott College.”

The Velo-city conference has been led by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) for more than 30 years, mostly in European cities. Having the conference in North America this year will make it easier for Americans and Canadians to attend even as experts from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America make the trip to share their latest successes. Just a few of the recent plenary speakers to join the program include Niels Tørsløv, Director of Copenhagen’s Traffic Department and Alain Ayotte, CEO of the Montréal based Public Bike System Company.

One Street’s City to Velo-city program is setting the stage for another fun event in Prescott to help raise the funds needed to get Prescott’s bicycle ambassadors to the conference. The event is set to take place the last week of April. Keep an eye out for more details soon. You can also donate directly to the program by clicking “Donate” on One Street’s website and noting the program with your donation.

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Leonard Basobas - Among my many and varied interests are cycling and writing. I am deeply passionate about both. Strangely enough, neither has come very easy to me.I had such a horrible crash as a small child that I did not attempt to ride again until the 6th grade. From that point forward, you could say that I have had a love affair with two-wheels. When I was not out on my bike, I could be found tearing apart or putting back together other bikes. The frames and parts found in my parents’ basement today are a testament to that fact. Around the same time that I began riding again, a young rider named Greg Lemond had just won the U23 World Championships. Following his career was my entry point into the sport of cycling, but I never participated in organized racing until I was past my cycling prime. Today, a healthy curiosity about racing has me lining up on the road and in the nearest velodrome.In regard to writing, I am not a trained journalist. My writing, instead, strikes a creative bent in the form of short stories, at least when I not writing for my day job in clinical research. Although I have yet to be published for my creative writing, I have authored several abstracts and papers, and been published as the lead author for a paper in a well-known peer reviewed medical journal.I have covered the sport of cycling, as both writer and photographer, at such races as the Amgen Tour of California (2008 to 2014) and the US Pro Cycling Challenge. I was also the featured Guest Contributor for LIVESTRONG.com, commentating and moderating the site's live blogging feed during the 2009 Tour de France.