Mentor Program Gets Started with New Forum

We have installed a forum on Commute Orlando to allow for more discussions and to provide a format for connecting ride buddies and mentors.

If you haven’t already, go take a look-see … register yourself and set up a profile. Use the forums to ask questions, find ride buddies, offer your services as a mentor, tell stories, look for or sell equipment… and connect our community of utility cyclists.

This came from a request I had made to Keri a while back.  I thought that newcomers to the Commute Orlando site who had questions to ask of all of us did not have a simple place to go.  I also wanted to find a way to get out the message of Mentorship that we had talked about a few weeks ago.

The initial setup of the Forums site features a sub-forum specifically for the mentorship program.  There are also a few other sub-forums that we can use … and thus comes my question to you!

What kind of sub-forums do you think we should set up?  Do you like what we have, or do you think something should be added/removed?  What other thoughts do you have about us opening up this kind of section to Commute Orlando? What do you think will inspire participation?

How do we differentiate between what takes place in the forums, and what we blog about on the site?  We’re getting good participation in blog comments. Discussion of articles yields great insights from our readers and we don’t want to lose that. We hope the forum stimulates even more discussion.

Anyway, we need our readers to help make the forum and mentor program successful. The more people participate, the more traffic it will draw, and the more successful the mentor program can be. We will put together a flyer to distribute at bike shops or other gathering places in the area, promoting the mentor program and directing any new riders to this site and to the Forums to ask questions, etc.  We will also highlight the Forums section on the homepage so that newcomers or those looking for mentorship would know where to go …

I’d appreciate it if our regular viewers of the site stop in to ask and answer questions that hopefully will start popping up inside.  Also, if you are interested in helping out with the Mentorship program, stop by the forum, give us a little info, and … thanks!!  🙂

Thank you Keri for being so kind as to put this together.   🙂

“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”

— H. G. Wells

7 replies
  1. fred_dot_u
    fred_dot_u says:

    I’m signed up now and have a question, for which I could not find an appropriate category. Can the forum be configured to support RSS?

    I’ve gotten really lazy with the power of RSS!

  2. Eric
    Eric says:

    I’m watching the 15 year-old kid next door and how he lusts after driving a car the way I did when I was 15. You don’t get girl friends if you ride a bike.

    I wonder if his bike riding days are pretty much over. I’d like to show him that they shouldn’t be, but I doubt he would listen.

  3. fred_dot_u
    fred_dot_u says:

    Keri, thanks for the link. Works great and I can now return to being lazy. Lazy won’t work for the LCI study manual though!

  4. rodney
    rodney says:

    Eric, Tandem Bikes can be the rage with your neighbor. Heck, my wife wasn’t really into bikes until her first ride on Cady Way.

    Bike riding is Cool!

  5. P.M. Summer
    P.M. Summer says:

    Eric said: “I’m watching the 15 year-old kid next door and how he lusts after driving a car the way I did when I was 15. You don’t get girl friends if you ride a bike.”

    That’s just another example of how evil cars are ruining Gaia (the world) by encouraging overpopulation. If we can just get teenagers onto bicycles (and out of back seats), we can stem the tide of rampant breeding!

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