For Immediate Release June 18, 2015
Contact: Melissa Balmer = Director - PedalLove.org/Women on Bikes California
Re: Long Beach's Kellie + Dave Morris Will Teach You to Feel Confident on a Bike this Summer for Free!
Note: Excellent images of Kellie are available upon request
Long Beach CA – Long Beach residents Kellie and Dave Morris will be teaching free basic and advanced bike skills classes this summer in North Long Beach at Councilman’s Richardson’s Field Office at 6509 Gundry Ave., Long Beach 90805, as part of Metro L.A.'s sponsorship of a bike education series this summer throughout greater Los Angeles. Here is the list of the class dates and times for Long Beach:
July 11 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
July 11 - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
July 18 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
July 25 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
August 1 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
August 8 - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
For the past three years Kellie has been an active voice for bicycling in Long Beach and L.A. as a creative team member of the Long Beach based initiative PedalLove.org where she writes the "We All Ride Bikes" column, her work with several of the Long Beach council districts, and as a popular bike education teacher throughout L.A. She is certified through the League of American Bicyclists national teaching program. What's particularly sweet for Kellie is that her husband of 35 years Dave, is now a certified instructor as well.
"Dave and I support each other in our shared goals for our students. We want people to have an epiphany about how fun it is to ride a bike. We also want our students to have fun and enjoy the learning experience as they learn to be safe and confident.” Says Kellie: “Our mission is to enable riders to bike safe and have fun.”
This is the second year Kellie is on the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition's bike teaching team sponsored under a grant from Metro L.A. Three years ago Kellie was invited by PedalLove.org accept a scholarship to take the intensive boot camp training by the League of American Bicyclists to become certified. The program was challenging for a woman at the age when many are thinking about retiring, and who deals with the autoimmune disease connective tissue disorder, but as a former IT training executive it was a perfect match for Kellie's skills and abilities. Her next goal is to become certified to "train the trainers" sometime in 2016.
Dave states: “Bicycling moves me! I am able to experience the total environment when I travel, instead of merely experiencing the isolation of a car. I’m making new friends, finding new opportunities and broadening my view of the world because bicycling is part of my life. It’s great to be able to share that and see others experience it as well.”
The Morris’ further exemplify the opportunities of life by bike and healthy active living by sharing one car and using their bikes, the bus and the train for going on appointments, errands, shopping and their weekly date nights. Further, a year ago they decided to commit to a brand new structured eating plan focused on making healthier food choices. Both have experienced weight loss, but the most remarkable results have been in their improved health. Both have been able to completely go off their blood pressure medication. And both were also pre-diabetic and now have normal blood sugar levels. Learn more about the Morris’ adventures by bike at: http://www.pedallove.org/we-all-ride-bikes/.
About Kellie Morris
Kellie did her first multi-day, fundraising bike ride in 2002 after a co-worker dared her to take up the challenge - the seven-day ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. In 2010 Kellie was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease: Mixed Connective Tissue disease that left her so weak she could barely dress herself. Through medication, dietary changes and exercise she was able to recover much of her strength. Kellie does most of her local trips on her trike including shopping, running errands, attending fitness classes, visiting friends and even riding to church. In May 2013 Kellie became a certified bicycling instructor via The League of American Bicyclists. She now teaches both group and private bike riding classes.
About PedalLove.org + Women on Bikes California
PedalLove.org/Women on Bikes California is a volunteer based organization focusing on cultivating the power of storytelling to elevate the voice and impact of women for creating more mindful and healthy mobility for everyone. Our platform is PedalLove.org. We believe in both the bike, and the concept of mindfulness, as powerful tools for optimism in an era when we are recognizing our need for speed is harming the health and well-being of our families, communities and cities.
We promote California's blooming bike and healthy transportation culture through this storytelling via creative collaborations with photographers and other artists for compelling and appealing imagery, in person trainings, webinars, and mentorships. We work to catalyze this culture via proactive social media and traditional media outreach highlighting biking, walking and public transit as tools for optimism for women of all ages, races and backgrounds. Learn more at PedalLove.org.